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.

Articles by Hollin Jones

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The 5 Most Portable Music-Making Accessories You Can Buy Right Now

As mobile devices like laptops, phones and iPads get ever more powerful, here are five great additions to your music-making setup.

Review: AKAI MPC Beats, The Free DAW For Everyone

AKAI’s MPC Beats DAW features a wealth of MIDI and audio recording options focused around the company’s unique workflow. Hollin Jones fired it up…

Review: OLLO Audio S4X Reference Headphones

If you’ve ever wanted to hear recorded music in its purest form, OLLO Audio might have just the ticket. Hollin Jones road tests the S4X Reference Headphones.

Heavyweight Loop Mangling For Sound Design In Reason

Reason has many tools for sound design using loops from the built-in to ones you may not know about. Hollin Jones reveals its secrets…

Review: Artistry Audio Origin X Modern Loop Engine

This loop engine from new outfit Artistry Audio brings powerful looping and slicing tools to the party, and much more besides. Hollin Jones investigates…

Review: Heavyocity MOSAIC TAPE

Heavyocity’s MOSAIC family welcomes a new member and this time it brings the sound of tape - and much more - to your tracks. Hollin Jones loads up MOSAIC TAPE…

5 Tips For Recording Guitars On A Shoestring Budget

You don’t need to spend the big bucks to get a great guitar sound, as Hollin Jones reveals in these 5 pro tips…

Review: IK Multimedia T-RackS Space Delay

The unmistakeable sound of the Space Echo comes to your T-RackS and DAW setups thanks to IK’s latest. Hollin Jones gets dubby with it…

Review: AKAI MPK Mini Mk3

AKAI’s latest MIDI controller has a new keybed, a generous software bundle and a price that may surprise you. Hollin Jones gives you all the details…

Review: Heavyocity Damage 2

Heavyocity shook up the cinematic scoring world with the Damage percussive instrument and now they’re back with version 2. Hollin Jones gets scoring with it…

5 Best Mastering Plugins You Can Buy in 2020

There’s a wealth of mastering software out there to suit all budgets and approaches. But which is for you? Hollin Jones shares his top 5…

Review: Sugar Bytes DrumComputer

Sugar Bytes brings a taste of the past and the future to its latest drum machine. But it’s so much more, as Hollin Jones finds out.

Review: iRig Keys 2 Mini Portable MIDI Controller

The latest addition to IK’s controller lineup is its most portable to date. And it has a few unexpected tricks up its sleeve, as Hollin Jones discovered…

8 Ways To Power Up Vocals If You’re Not A Great Singer

Singing is one of the trickier types of musical performance to do really well. Short of taking years of vocal lessons, here are 8 ways you can improve your vocal performances.

5 Essential iPad Accessories for Music Makers

You’ve got a shiny iPad and some music apps for it, but how can you really power up your productivity? Hollin Jones has 5 suggestions…