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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Review: Teenage Engineering PO-20, PO-24, PO-28 Pocket Operators

The original Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator synths were fun to use and not much bigger than a credit card. In this video review we explore the new PO-20 Arcade, PO-24 Office & PO-28 Robot synths.

FL Studio 12: Six Automation Tips

Breathe some life into your mixes in FL Studio with these 6 simple, but effective, automation tips for beginner and intermediate level producers.

Review: Waves Greg Wells Pianocentric

Getting pianos to fit nicely in the mix isn't always the easiest of tasks. Waves Audio's Greg Wells PianoCentric aims to quickly and effortlessly help you mix acoustic pianos. But how does it perform?

Review: Isotonik LaunchSync Series 2 Max for Live Plugins for LaunchControl XL, Push, MIDIMix & More

If you want your Push, LaunchControl, MIDIMix, etc to be the controllers of your dreams in Ableton Live, then Isotonik Studios are here to ensure that is the case with LaunchSync Series 2.

In-Depth Review: Arturia iSpark - Much More Than A Beatbox

Arturia's Spark for desktop computers was a big hit, so how does iSpark for iPad fare? We got fully hands-onbefore release and gave it an in-depth spin. Watch the video and read the review below.

Review: Toontrack Traditional Country EZX

Country music is growing in popularity and having an influence on mainstream pop. Happily, Toontrack now offer a Country drum expansion for EZDrummer & Superior Drummer. Hollin Jones takes a look.

Interview: Redlight, Talks Remixing, Production, DJing, Music Videos & New Album

From the early days of producing on 4-track to owning the Lobster Boy label and releasing the X Colour album, Redlight has come a long way since his Bristol beginnings. He talks about his process.

Review: D16 Devastor 2 Multiband Distortion Unit

D16's Devastor 2 is a multiband distortion processor plugin that provides lots of control over how the signal is affected, and all in a retro-style GUI. Hollin Jones finds out just how flexible it is.

Create New Instruments By Slicing Loops in Cubase's Groove Agent

Groove Agent comes with some cool drum kits, but it can be even more fun to make your own—and it’s not as hard as you might think!

Ten Tips To Make You A Better Songwriter

Songwriting is one of the more abstract parts of the music process, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have rules. Here are some tips to help you get better at writing songs. 

Review: iRig Keys 37 PRO

How does the IK Multimedia iRig Key 37 Pro fare? Hollin Jones finds out how portable, playable and pleasurable it really is.

Review: Sam Spacey's Epica Bass, Legendary Vintage Analog Bass Synths for Kontakt

We've been told, "it's all about the bass"... and Sam Spacey's Epica Bass puts a vintage, analog slant on this thought by capturing some authentic legendary bass instruments for Kontakt users.

Building a Lead Synth Patch in Cubase Retrologue 2

Retrologue 2 is the latest version of Steinberg’s virtual analogue synthesizer. Hollin Jones shows you how to build your own lead synth patch from scratch.

Review: Fugue Machine, A Unique Take on Sequencing for iPad

Imagine having multiple playheads that can play back different MIDI patterns in different directions, tempos and pitch settings... on an iPad. Fugue Machine does that and more in a really novel way.

Review: Air Music tech Mini Grand

Can't find space for a grand piano in your studio? There's always piano software instruments. AIR Music Tech's Mini Grand will fit in any studio and won't break the bank. Hollin Jones investigates.