Hollin Jones

Hollin Jones

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.

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Dr. Shiver Talks Hammond Organs, SSL Mixing Consoles & Running A Label

With his own record label, studios and having worked with artists as diverse as B.B King and Pharrell Williams, we caught up with Dr.Shiver, an accomplished musician as well as producer.

Do You Know A Sampler From A ROMpler? Here's The Difference.

Hardware and software instruments share some common traits. Here, Joe Albano explains how samplers and ROMplers differ, as well as what they have in common.

Review: IK Multimedia iRig Keys IO MIDI Controller & Audio Interface

Why have a separate MIDI controller and audio interface when you can have both in some sexy package? Hollin Jones puts the iRig Keys IO through its paces.

Review: ROLI Lightpad Block M

ROLI's ecosystem keeps growing with an upgraded Lightpad Block - the M. Hollin Jones found out what sets it apart from its predecessor, and from pretty much every other MIDI controller...

Making Logic Pro's Synth Plugins Sound Analog

Understanding how to detune oscillators in a synthesizer is key to getting your own unique sounds. In this short video, Mo Volans takes you through the fundamentals.

Learn Advanced EQ Techniques With SSL Duende Native

Take full control over your sounds with these advanced EQ techniques. Demonstrated using SSL Duende, they can be applied to any EQ with similar controls.

Understanding DAW Control With Komplete Kontrol 2

Running Komplete Kontrol in standalone and plugin modes involves different approaches and outcomes. Here's when to use each one, and how they can help you.

Create Dynamic MIDI Parts In Ableton Live With The Scale Effect

By forcing MIDI to conform to different scales you can radically change the way a track sounds. In this short video, Noah Pred explains how to do it.

How to Mix Digital but Sound Analog

In a digital world, it's still possible to get analog sound for your productions without using external hardware. In this short video, Rich Tozzoli shows you how it's done.

Best of 2017: iOS Apps For Musicians & Producers

2017 was a great year for making music on iPads and iPhones, with several major new releases. Here are some of our favourite tools for mobile music-making.

How To Prepare Tracks For Mastering Using Master Fader Automation

Creating clean, smooth fades at the start and end of tracks ensures no unwanted noise makes it through to the mastering stage when you're finishing your tracks. Here's how it works.

Here's How To Use Multiple Game Controllers To Create A Cool Musical Performance

You might not have known that game controllers make the perfect triggers and controllers for samples and effects - but they do! Here's how it works, with many live examples.

64-bit Mix Processing In Cubase 9.5 For Superior Sound

The new 64-bit mix processing engine in Cubase 9.5 delivers more sonically accurate results than ever before. Matt Hepworth explains exactly how it works.

Is It Time To Step Up From GarageBand To Logic Pro?

Moving from Apple's free GarageBand to Logic Pro involves learning new tools, tricks and techniques. This video with Booker Edwards explains what you need to know.

Gothic Instruments Release DRONAR Vintage Synth Module

The sixth instalment in the Dronar series brings retro futuristic vibes reminiscent of classic 80’s synths. Here's the lowdown.