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.
Wave Alchemy, the makers of some truly tasty sample packs, have been on our radar for a while. Afro Latin Percussion 1 is one of their most recent packs and Hollin Jones takes it out for a spin.
Oh the joys of Propellerhead's Rack Extensions is not only great for 3rd party developers, but also for me and you - the end user! Hollin Jones checks out Kuassa's guitar amp RE in this review.
Hollin Jones thinks FabFilter's Pro-MB "is the most intuitive and powerful multiband compressor [he has] ever used." Find out what makes this compressor plugin shine in our review.
In the continuing quest for a more "analogue" sound, U-He have released Satin, a tape machine from the Golden Age for all us software-heads! Hollin Jones discovers its multi-faceted uses.
If you haven't played around with reversed sounds, you've got some satisfying sonic fun coming your way! Hollin Jones puts Output beautifully crafted REV sample instrument to the test.
iOS MIDI controller? Check! Wireless MIDI Controller? Check. Hands-free? Check! Looks like IK Multimedia have another hit on their hands aimed at iOS musicians with the iRig BlueBoard.
Novation's Launch series of controllers have proved very popular... but, will the smaller footprint of the Launch Mini series sink or swim? Hollin Jones puts the Launchpad Mini under the microscope.
Put away your mics and forget about hiring that upright acoustic piano (for now!)... Native Instruments' The Giant piano instrument is here to provide a realistic alternative as Hollin Jones find out.
Since the first Maschine, Native Instruments have captured the hearts and minds of musicians, producers & finger drummers! So what does Maschine Studio bring to the table? Hollin Jones taps into it.
Are you looking to up your game as a producer... and have some cash to spend? If so, you may be in the market for a good pair of studio monitors. Hollin Jones puts the ATC SCM25A monitors to the test.
FXpansion's BFD3 has arrived! BFD2 is still much loved and used for drum production... but, will BFD 3 take the crown for best acoustic drum instrument in a plug-in? Read our review to find out more.
Daunted by the mixdown stage? Looking for something to add a bit of spark to your process? Hollin Jones is here to get you back on track with these 8 mixing tips for any genre.
If you've ever used headphones while monitoring or mixing, you'll appreciate how much further a comfortable pair will take you. But what about for studio reference? Do AKG K712 Pro's hit the spot?
What to do when a regular audio wave editing app just isn't cutting it? Wouldn't it be great to have Photoshop-style functionality for editing audio? Sony's SpectraLayers Pro 2 looks to fill the gap.
Built on the shoulders of its classic 20 year old predecessor, the 25-key Novation Bass Station 2 looks the part. Find out how this cute, analog, monophonic synth fares in our feature review.
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