Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance writer on music technology and Apple topics for well over a decade, along the way publishing several books on audio software. He has been lead writer at a number of prominent music and technology publications. As well as consultancy, full-time journalism, video production and professional photography, he occasionally plays Hammond, Rhodes and other keys for people who ask nicely. Hollin is Contributing Editor at Ask.Audio.
Now that Reason users can enjoy 3rd party plugins (as rack extensions) there are a number of innovative instruments and effects becoming available. And Propellerhead are getting in on the fun too.
Looking for an instrument to give you that satisfying low-end your tracks are begging for? Hollin Jones checks out SubBoomBass and gets more than he bargained for.
Whether you DJ on iOS or Mac/PC, NI's range of Traktor apps is likely to fit your cueing needs. Is their latest controller, Traktor Kontrol Z1, going to fit your needs? Hollin Jones finds out.
Mastering (turning your demos into radio friendly, polished tracks) can be a breeze with iZotope's Ozone 5. Hollin Jones reveals 8 essential tips to help make you more proficient in Ozone.
Serious sound design on an iPad? Who'd have thought it truly is both possible and desirable - especially since Propellerhead released Thor for iPad! Here's how to create a big bass patch.
The Chord Track in Cubase 7 is a powerful new feature designed to help you transfrom your music quickly. Hollin Jones introduces some timesaving tips and hints in this tutorial.
There's a ton of options when you need an EQ in Cubase 7. Hollin Jones filters out the new from the old, and reveals some often unknown tricks for working with EQ in Steinberg's popular DAW.
So, you want an authentic sounding Hammond organ instrument and software emulations just aren't doing it? German company Ferrofish may have designed the perfect solution...
Making beats becomes even more fun when you've got great tools designed by creative minds... like those at Propellerhead. Hollin Jones explores some esoteric mangling opportunities for beat makers.
From DAW plug-in to iPad app, Sugar Bytes have designed something rather special for the digital mobile musician in Turnado. Hollin Jones gets mangling with this iOS processor powerhouse.
Not as proficient with the keyboard as you'd like to be? Or perhaps just looking for compositional inspiration? Cubase has the cure with its MIDI generative tools. Hollin Jones jumps right in.
Following in the footsteps of its larger sibling, Traktor DJ for iPhone from Native Instruments packs a punch bigger than its screen size suggests. Hollin Jones put it through its paces.
Mangling, crunching, smashing or gently warming up sounds has never been easier thanks to Cubase 7’s suite of plug-ins. Hollin Jones digs in the dirt, sonically speaking.
Calling FXPansion's Bloom a delay plug-in is like referring to an iPhone as a... phone! Sure, at its heart it does delays, but Bloom can do so much more thanks to its extra effects processors.
Sturdy, lightweight and portable, the Oxygen 49 MIDI Keyboard Controller by M-Audio is under the spotlight in this review. Hollin Jones puts this on his fast fingers and DAW brain in this test.
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