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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8 Mastering Tips To Help Your Mixes Shine

Most producers know that mastering is the final, crucial step in the music-making process. Here are 8 tips to help you do it better.

Review: Tracktion Waveform 11 Free

Waveform 11 is a new free DAW from Tracktion that promises unlimited music-making capabilities. But can it deliver? Hollin Jones finds out.

5 Pro Headphones To Suit Every Budget

Whether it's simple tracking, mixing or even mastering, a good pair of headphones is absolutely essential to any music setup. Here, Hollin Jones picks 5 models to suit any budget.

Review: Arturia OB-Xa V, Legendary Synth Reborn

Arturia's latest soft synth brings back an all-time classic and is perfect for modern soundtrack work. Hollin Jones road tested the OB-Xa V'¦

Review: Arturia AudioFuse Studio

Arturia's latest interface has a dizzying array of features. Hollin Jones finds out if Christmas has come early'¦

5 Tips For Compressing Digital Audio

You will need at some point to create small, web-friendly copies of your tracks. Here's how to go about it properly.

Review: iRig Pro Duo I/O

IK's new iRig Pro Duo IO lets you hook up your studio to whatever platform or device you use. Hollin Jones took it on the road'¦

What To Look For When Choosing A Mobile DAW

Everyone has an opinion on what they think the best DAW is, but what factors should you be considering if you're aiming to make music on the move?

5 Interesting MIDI Tools You Need To Know About

MIDI is about more than just pressing keys or drawing notes with a mouse. Here are 5 more left field ideas for getting creative with your MIDI tracks. 

Review: Steinberg Cubasis 3 for iOS

Now in its third generation, Steinberg's mobile DAW has had a serious rebuild - and it's now available for the iPhone too. Hollin Jones put it to the test'¦

Review: Soundbrenner Core, A problem-Solving Smartwatch For Musicians

If you're tired of wearing in-ear monitors to hear a click track when performing, the Soundbrenner Core will be of great interest to you. Plus it offers inventive features for a Smartwatch.

Review: Ninja Tune Jamm Pro

NInja Tune and Coldcut have released what could be the most powerful sample sequencer ever built for iOS. Hollin Jones finds out if it's true'¦

5 Tips For Cloud-Based Music-Making

Most people know that it's possible to make music over a web connection, but how can you get the best results? Here are five top tips. 

Review: IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2 MIDI Controller

IK has updated its iRig Keys MIDI controller with a new look and feel and even an audio output. Hollin Jones takes it on the road.

5 Alternatives To Using A MIDI Keyboard

MIDI keyboards are the standard way to play and record MIDI data, but they're not the only method, Here are 5 alternatives that can give you different results.