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.
In a word of endless software choice, hardware instruments and effects can offer something unique in terms of sonic character. Here are 5 pro tips for the best ways to use them.
Novation’s Launchkey gets a major upgrade and a new family member with version 3. Hollin Jones takes you on a tour of this powerful MIDI controller.
Remixing is fun, creative and can even be lucrative. Here are 5 top tips for approaching it in ways you may not have considered.
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.
Waveform 11 is a new free DAW from Tracktion that promises unlimited music-making capabilities. But can it deliver? Hollin Jones finds out.
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.
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'¦
Arturia's latest interface has a dizzying array of features. Hollin Jones finds out if Christmas has come early'¦
You will need at some point to create small, web-friendly copies of your tracks. Here's how to go about it properly.
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'¦
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?
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.Â
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'¦
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.
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'¦
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