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.
In part 6 of our series exploring musical genres, and the defining artists, tracks and gear that have been instrumental in them, Hollin Jones puts House under the microscope.
Beats are at the heart of many different kinds of music. Here are some of the best drum software tools around, for your consideration!
Modular synthesis needn't be daunting! In this short video, Todd Barton gives you the lowdown on the working concepts inside the Buchla 200e system.
Steinberg's iPad DAW Cubasis had a major shot in the arm to bring it up to version 2. Deeper than GarageBand and more accessible than Auria, does Cubasis 2 make the iPad a serious production platform?
One of the defining characteristics of many types of EDM is vocals that have been pitch shiften up or down. See how it's done with this easy-to-follow video from Multiplier!
M-Audio brings control of your VST collection to its latest multi-talented USB MIDI controller keyboard, CTRL 49'¦
Sometimes a project can get so big that it starts to swamp you. These top tips will help you not to lose your mind when running large projects in Propellerhead Reason.
It's all too easy to over-compress when mixing things like drums, but with this short, fun video tutorial from Joe Albano you'll find out how to avoid the problem and get great sounding mixes!
A fat sound is highly prized, but not all synths can really do the business. Synth expert Marc Doty reveals the secrets behind the Minimoog's unique and much-loved sound.
Part 5 of our series exploring musical genres, and the influential artists and songs that have been instrumental in them, sees Hollin Jones showcasing Blues music.
Logic expert Joe Albano shares his expertise on the science of modulation and shows you how Logic's effects can be used to add movement and interest to any sound.Â
Understanding faders is a vital part of becoming a great scratch performer. Sara Simms gives you a practical demo of how powerful a mix fader can be in this short video tutorial.
Bass House is a genre where your bassline has to be the centre of attention. Watch Adam Pollard (aka. Multiplier) explain how to capture your listeners' ear and keep them interested.Â
In part 4 of our series exploring musical genres and the influential artists and songs that have characterised and inspired them, Hollin Jones explores Pop music from its birth to now.
Maschine Jam isn't just a great controller, it has some truly unique features like the ability to transition between different setups'¦
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