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.
Following on from their hardware compressor, Distressor, some 20 years ago, Empirical Labs have released a great, smooth sounding compressor plug-in with some clever features in Arouser.
If you're shooting video using a smart phone or a DSLR and want better shots, less camera shake, mic phantom power and much more in an easy to use and clever device, then you need to check this out.
Using MIDI parts to lay down the basics of a track is a great way to get started. Let's look at how it works and how you can generate ideas using Cubase 8.5.Â
Music production can, ironically, often be a solitary experience spent in a home or bedroom studio for long hours. Here are 8 tips to help you get more connected to the music world around you.
If you're looking for an affordable microphone lavalier solution which are lightweight, plugs directly into your iOS device and has decent sound pickup, the iRig Mic Lav's might be for you.
Akai Professional's MPC Touch looks to combine the best of tactile controls and touch-screen worlds in one music making machine. Hollin Jones finds out whether this MPC has the golden touch.
When it comes to editing audio, there's times you'll want to manipulate the transients of the waveform to make the overall sound either more or less present. Flux Bittersweet V3 does that for free!
In this series we're going to take you through all the stages involved in producing a track in Cubase, from getting started to final mastering. In the first part we'll tackle setting up your project.
Audified's MixChecker was a popular product announcement last month at AskAudio. In this review we dig deep to find out how effective it really is at simulating playback hardware when mixing.
Arturia's latest incarnation of V Collection includes a significant number of classic hardware synth emulations. How does version 5 of Arturia V Collection measure up? Hollin Jones finds out.
Designer of instruments, MIDI controllers and interfaces for over 35 years, Keith McMillen has had a huge impact on the tools music makers use and love. He talks about the KMI, tech and the future!
Choosing your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) like Ableton Live, Logic, Cubase, or FL Studio, can be confusing. These 8 tips are designed to help you decide on the right audio software for your needs.
Your iPhone, iPad, or iPad Pro is the perfect tool for getting musical inspiration on the move, and Blocs Wave is an app that wants to help you do it.Â Is this the start of a new wave for music makers?
If you're looking for pro audio mastering software, then WaveLab will be on your list. Version 9 adds more tools, smoother workflow, MasterRig, and a new interface to make mastering more manageable.
Getting the sound and feel of a real piano in your tracks doesn't need to cost the earth. We show you how it's done with these simple five tips.
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