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.
With many realistic orchestral libraries available, Garritan's Instant Orchestra aims to do what its name suggests: provide easy access to creating great sounding orchestras quickly and without fuss.
Setting up a new music studio can be a daunting prospect but help is at hand. Whether it's a full-blown recording space or a mixing and mastering studio you need, Hollin Jones offers 10 timeless tips.
Steinberg were behind the original VST format, so it makes sense that Cubase has some nifty features when it comes to working with VST Instruments. Hollin Jones highlights 6 of the them.
Not every track needs an ultra-clean feel. Sometimes you want things to sound older and warmer despite having been generated in a computer. Luckily Reason provides ways to add character to your tracks
Although marketed as a jazz film scoring instrument, ProjectSam's Swing goes further and will appeal to singer songwriters and solo producers as Hollin Jones discovers.
NI's Battery is an incredibly powerful sample-based drum machine but it's easier to get to grips with than you might imagine. We show you how to edit one of the many preset kits and make it your own.
Headphones designed for DJing are usually different to those for studio use, and for good reason. In this review, Hollin Jones dons a pair of the AKG K181 cans and puts them to the test.
SimSynth is a simple but powerful synthesizer that can get you down to the building blocks of how sound is generated. Using it can help you understand patch building for simple and complex synths.
TKFX 2, from Imaginando, now runs on phones as well as tablets, making it easier than ever to control Traktor. With a nice GUI, memory banks and easy controller assignment, Hollin Jones tests it out.
Steinberg Cubase 8 has all the tools you need to get the perfect arrangement. Hollin Jones shows you how with these eight excellent tips.
What do you get when you blend the best of the digital and analog synths together? In the case of the Roland JD-XA, a huge sound with powerful effects and so much more to enjoy.
Choose the right audio plug-ins and you can take your singer/songwriter productions to new heights'¦ Here's eight that Hollin Jones recommends.
Propellerhead have released the latest update to Reason. Version 8.3 has some new features both novice and veteran Reason users will find useful. Here's 5 of our favorites.
If you want to connect an iPad or iPhone into the hub of your music studio, you need to be be able to get audio and MIDI in and out easily. Hollin Jones investigates Music IO, a promising solution.
Hollin Jones finds out if Audient's iD14 high-quality, compact audio interface with excellent sound and a surprisingly flexible software control panel actually combines good sound and price.
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