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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How To Create An Effective Social Media Strategy For Musicians & Producers

All the free services on offer can overwhelm you with options. Adam Pollard cuts to the heart of great self-promotion with this guide to using social media more effectively.

Exploring The Sequencer On The Roland Boutique SE-02

Rishabh Rajan is here to show you how to use the powerful sequencer on Roland's latest Boutique hardware synth, with all its twists and turns.

Review: Soda, A DJ App Unlike Anything Else

Could it really be true that an iPad DJ app has more features and flexibility than desktop alternatives? Hollin Jones seeks out the truth...

Orchestrating Strings: Libraries And Programming Techniques Explained

Your approach to programming virtual strings depends on whether they will eventually be played by real instruments. This short video has some pro library selection advice.

Review: Wicked Audio Raider Wireless Earbuds

Wireless earbuds are becoming more common as phones ditch more and more ports. Hollin Jones road tested Wicked Audio's Raiders, in walnut finish...

Learn Ableton Live In Free Interactive Live Labs

Free for Ask.Video and macProVideo members, simply enrol today to take advantage of this series of mentoring and Q&A sessions with an experienced Ableton pro.

How To Produce Electric Guitars Even If You're Not A Player

Most producers will need to record and mix electric guitars - even write parts for them. Here's how to approach working with a guitarist to get the best results.

Learn Cubase From The Experts With New, Free Live Labs

The new Live Labs series of lectures from Ask.Video starts with a six-part exploration of Cubase with Matt Hepworth. Join him to become a Cubase master!

These Ableton Short Films Show How Katie Gately Samples Her World

Follow Katie Gately as she finds inspiration in the world around her, then brings those sounds into her Live setup to create other worldly electronic music.

How To Create Unique Patches In Propellerhead Reason's Grain Synthesizer

Use any sample from anywhere, or record your own sounds directly in to Grain to create a limitless selection of atmospheric pads and textures. Here's how.

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.