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.
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).
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.
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