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.
Pioneer's new DDJ-WeGo controller packs a mean punch in a small package. At first glance it's affordable, feature-filled and portable. Hollin Jones finds out how "pro" can WeGo ... (sic).
Native Instruments scored a hit with iMaschine for iOS beat makers. And for DJs? Traktor DJ for iPad has hit the app store! Hollin Jones takes this app for a spin in this exclusive review.
There’s a myriad of ways to set up Traktor to do just about anything you want. These eight tips will help you tame Traktor and stay in control, so you can concentrate on DJing like a pro.
There are tons of tasty instruments and effects available through the Propellerhead RE Shop. 3rd party developers have taken advantage, but so to have Propellerhead with their Radical Piano RE.
If you haven’t come across d16 (virtual instruments developer) before now, then be prepared to sample something very tasty indeed! Hollin Jones takes the LuSH-101 for a subtractive synthesis spin!
Ever since the synthetic instruments, we've has been trying to create realistic guitar instruments, cue RealGuitar3... Hollin Jones frets not as he tests out what RealGuitar3 has on offer.
When it comes to ravaging your audio, reach for FXpansion's Maul multiband distortion plug-in. As well as excellent tone shaping abilities, Maul is capable of masterful modulation madness.
With so many 3rd-party Kontakt sample libraries available, how do you know which to invest in? Read MPVHub of course! Hollin Jones gets straight to the sounds in this review of Embertone.
Native Instruments' Maschine has been a runaway success. And to stay on top of their game, NI have been releasing expansion packs for Maschine. Hollin Jones checks out Raw Voltage in this review.
Sibilance can be a major problem when recording vocals, regardless of your studio setup. Hollin Jones puts Fabfilter's Pro-DS de-esser to the test on some suitably hissy sounds in this review.
Guitar Rig 5 by Native Instruments is an awesome multi-effect plug-in for guitarists ONLY, right? Wrong. Hollin Jones thinks laterally and shows how to use it to process drum loops.
The iPhone is great for the audio recording journalist and musician on the go. But wouldn't it be great if you could connect your existing studio mics too? Now you can with IK Multimedia's iRig PRE
Every digital musician has a tool box of plug-ins they depend on. Could iZotope's Alloy 2 be the go-to dynamics and sound shaping plug-in you'll reach for no matter what? Hollin Jones sizes it up.
Heard of iSequence HD for iPad? Yes, it is related to iSequence for iPhone… but has a whole lot more about it, including excellent sounds, recording and editing features. Hollin Jones checks it out.
Padshop is Steinberg’s new instrument in VST and AU formats that uses granular synthesis to build pad sounds. Follow along with Hollin Jones in this step-by-step synth workshop.
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