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.
Making beats becomes even more fun when you've got great tools designed by creative minds... like those at Propellerhead. Hollin Jones explores some esoteric mangling opportunities for beat makers.
From DAW plug-in to iPad app, Sugar Bytes have designed something rather special for the digital mobile musician in Turnado. Hollin Jones gets mangling with this iOS processor powerhouse.
Not as proficient with the keyboard as you'd like to be? Or perhaps just looking for compositional inspiration? Cubase has the cure with its MIDI generative tools. Hollin Jones jumps right in.
Following in the footsteps of its larger sibling, Traktor DJ for iPhone from Native Instruments packs a punch bigger than its screen size suggests. Hollin Jones put it through its paces.
Mangling, crunching, smashing or gently warming up sounds has never been easier thanks to Cubase 7's suite of plug-ins. Hollin Jones digs in the dirt, sonically speaking.
Calling FXPansion's Bloom a delay plug-in is like referring to an iPhone as a... phone! Sure, at its heart it does delays, but Bloom can do so much more thanks to its extra effects processors.
Sturdy, lightweight and portable, the Oxygen 49 MIDI Keyboard Controller by M-Audio is under the spotlight in this review. Hollin Jones puts this on his fast fingers and DAW brain in this test.
Ampkit for iOS has been hugely popular since its release and has now arrived on a mac computer near you for Mac guitarists. Hollin Jones gets tweaking this stand alone toolbox for guitarists.
It's just you up there, making the crowd groove... with just your iPad! Native Instruments' Traktor DJ for iPad is powerful indeed! In this Hollin Jones shares 10 excellent tips for Traktor DJ users.
Steinberg's latest iOS app, Cubase iC Pro, is a nifty controller for Cubase on your Mac/PC. Hollin Jones investigates just how worthy this iOS controller really is.
The obvious improvements in Cubase 7 include MixConsole, Chord Track and VariAudio 2.0. However, it also holds some less well-known cards up its sleeve(s). Hollin Jones conjures up 7 crafty tips.
Looking for a better solution for strings samples, that don't sound like they've been played on a keyboard? Enter Action Strings. Hollin Jones checks out their character and sonic quality.
When Arturia announced iMini for iPad there was literally a stampede of writers trying to get their hands on it. Hollin Jones persevered and discovers it's more than just a pretty interface!
If your vocal parts are sounding a little flat or uninspiring, you can do either go instrumental or learn how to better process your vocal tracks in Reason. Hollin Jones shows you how.
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).
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