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.
It looks like a regular, well-designed, MIDI keyboard, but Hollin Jones finds out there's much more going on with Native Instruments' Komplete Kontrol S-Series than meets the eye.
You'll spend a lot of time editing audio parts in Cubase. Here are some useful timesavers and power tips from Hollin Jones to help you along the way!
How do you make a great virtual studio with a loyal and professional user base like Reason better? Propellerhead have focused on workflow enhancements. Find out if Reason 8 hits the spot.
The original iRig Mic from IK Multimedia, was one of the first decent microphones available for the iPad and iPhone musician. And we were very curious to find out what was improved in the HD release.
We've shared tons of excellent tips to help you mix better over the past few months'¦ now here are 5 things you need to avoid doing when mixing, specifically with your mixing faders.
It used to be impossible to consider purchasing a good ribbon mic for $300 or less!. Hollin Jones sees whether sE Electronics' budget ribbon mic, the sE X1R, adds quality as well as value.
To get really great voiceover for video you sometimes have to go beyond the basics'¦ Join Hollin Jones in the 2nd of this 2-part series on repairing audio for video.
Fixing audio for video can seem daunting, but it's well worth the effort and isn't always as tough as you might have imagined'¦ Hollin Jones is on here to show how easy it can be in this 2-part series.
From working with sub mixes to making the EQ less fiddly to work with, these top mixing tips for Reason users by Hollin Jones will help save you time and make the process more satisfying.
Getting a good matched pair of microphones when recording audio in stereo is crucial. sE Electronics' sE5 provides a solid base from which to start and at a price that won't hurt your wallet.
From managing windows more effectively to using the Steinberg Hub, Track Versions and the MixConsole, Steinberg Cubase is packed full of features to streamline your workflow. Here's 10 of our faves.
If you haven't heard of sE Microphones before then 1) where have you been the past 15 years? And 2) you need to visit AskAudioMag.com more often! Hollin checks out their USB X1 and is impressed.
There's certainly no shortage of good quality studio microphones of late, and the good news is you can pick up a decent condenser mic for a very reasonable amount too, like the sE Magneto.
Expanding your range of mics to include a lavalier is a good thing if you record dialogue and interviews. And how much more convenient can you get than a lab mic for iPhone? Enter the RÃ¸de SmartLav+.
Looking for an 8 channel mic preamp with excellent build quality, flawless sound quality and first rate converters and preamps? Does the Audient ASP880 fit the bill? Hollin ones finds out.
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