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.
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PO-32 Tonic from Teenage Engineering puts a wealth of cool FX at your fingertips. Here's a hands-on example of how to program, tweak and record them in real time.
Looping is at the heart of Live's workflow. Here's a short video that explains how to set up for MIDI input and warm up before performing some MIDI loops.
Understanding the way that stereo sound works can help you achieve a more open and natural end result. Here's how to improve your soundstage and mixing skills.
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If you want a Bass Station 2 and a Circuit, you'd expect to have to buy both. But wait! The new Novation Circuit Mono Station combines the best of both in one box. Check out our hands-on video review.
Berlin-based Monolink combines traditional songwriting techniques with modern electronic production to create a live show that's compelling and rich. We caught up with him to ask how it works.
Italy's biggest music tech show is on the horizon once again. And Kraftwerk will be playing while it's on! Here are the details plus everything you can expect to see!
A new amp model, enhanced sound collection and improved MIDI connectivity. What more could you ask for?
We can all use some more ways to improve and refine our keyboard playing skills, whatever type of music we make. Here are five top tips.
The trick with making a really believable string instrument is translating one playing style into a completely different one. Could Gothic Instruments have cracked it?
In our exclusive 1st-look video, Hollin Jones explore the best new features in Native Instruments update for Maschine 2.6.5. There's plenty to like for existing Maschine users for studio and live use.
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