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.
The tone wheel organ simulator, DB-33 from Air Music Tech, aims to provide you with a Hammond instrument in your DAW. Hollin Jones finds out just how good this organ really sounds.
Reason comes with some great kits but creating your own is the way to get a truly unique sound for your productions. We show you how in 10 simple steps'¦
If you're looking for an attractive synth module that emulates an old Soviet synth, is affordable and sounds amazing, then the Erica Synths Acidbox II is worth considering. Check out our video review.
These M6 Pro in-ear headphones are inexpensive and have lots of inter changeable parts and are designed for the pro audience. Hollin Jones gives them a thorough test in this review.
We all want to get ahead in the music industry, but here are some of the cardinal sins committed in the name of self-promotion'¦
So you want to edit and manipulate audio as easily as you can MIDI? Multiple tracks? Polyphonic material? Hollin Jones finds out if Ceremony's Melodyne Studio 4 is the best app for your audio jobs.
A great vocal can turn a good track into an amazing one. Here are some tips for processing your takes for awesome results'¦
The original Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator synths were fun to use and not much bigger than a credit card. In this video review we explore the new PO-20 Arcade, PO-24 Office & PO-28 Robot synths.
Breathe some life into your mixes in FL Studio with these 6 simple, but effective, automation tips for beginner and intermediate level producers.
Getting pianos to fit nicely in the mix isn't always the easiest of tasks. Waves Audio's Greg Wells PianoCentric aims to quickly and effortlessly help you mix acoustic pianos. But how does it perform?
If you want your Push, LaunchControl, MIDIMix, etc to be the controllers of your dreams in Ableton Live, then Isotonik Studios are here to ensure that is the case with LaunchSync Series 2.
Arturia's Spark for desktop computers was a big hit, so how does iSpark for iPad fare? We got fully hands-onbefore release and gave it an in-depth spin. Watch the video and read the review below.
Country music is growing in popularity and having an influence on mainstream pop. Happily, Toontrack now offer a Country drum expansion for EZDrummer & Superior Drummer. Hollin Jones takes a look.
From the early days of producing on 4-track to owning the Lobster Boy label and releasing the X Colour album, Redlight has come a long way since his Bristol beginnings. He talks about his process.
D16's Devastor 2 is a multiband distortion processor plugin that provides lots of control over how the signal is affected, and all in a retro-style GUI. Hollin Jones finds out just how flexible it is.
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