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.
Everyone knows the familiar sound of Auto-Tune used "creatively" on pop vocals. Love it or hate it, Auto-Tune can be used to correct music performances too. Hollin Jones checks out version 8.
If you're looking for a microphone to attach to a pair of Master & Dynamic headphones, then your first port of call will probably be their Boom Mic. Hollin Jones finds out just how well it performs.
If you're looking for a slick and minimal DAW controller app for iPhone that's easy to set up and works with three major DAWs then this might be the app for you. Hollin Jones gets touchy with it.
Creating effective sound design for film or TV doesn't require you to have the most expensive instrument libraries. In fact, Propellerheads Reason has more than enough for your atmospheric needs.
If you're after some insanely fun to use, great sounding, portable synths with excellent onboard effects that can sync together or to your DAW and are affordable, read this review now!
Cubase has always been one of the most powerful DAWs when it comes to MIDI programming, but did you know you don’t even need a keyboard to create beats and melodies? Read on to find out how it works…
There's monitors and there's monitors. Hollin Jones checks out the MunroSonic Egg 150 Monitors and discovers they have egg-cellent clarity, sonic depth and range for those serious about mixing.
UVI's BeatHawk iPad music production studio app has great bundled sounds, sample recording & editing, audio stretching, song sequencing tools and excellent connectivity options. Read the full review.
XILS-lab specialise in the weird and wonderful side of plug-ins based on vintage synths and vintage effects. Now they're on to re-create the perfect vocoder. Hollin Jones puts it to the test.
Weighing in with a pro Mac OS X version for its popular djing app, Algoriddim's djay Pro has advanced features including a great browser, Spotify integration and the ability to run AU plug-ins too.
It's all well and good knowing Cubase well enough to produce great songs and mixes... but staying organized, and knowing how to manage your media can be just as important.
You may not think of Dr Octo REX as a sound design tool but it actually has some great features you can use to tweak your loops and slices and make your tracks sound more unique and interesting!
With stunning build quality, very detailed sound, and equally suitable for pro audio uses as for personal use, the Master & Dynamic MH40s really caught Hollin Jones' ears (and eyes).
While it's easy to find complex apps for iPad which are musical sketchpads, Fiddlewax Pro promises to be a MIDI controller/sketch pad which is accessible, and simple to use. Hollin Jones checks it out
It's a fact. Sample libraries are getting better and more realistic and expressive, but that means they're also getting bigger too. Here's some tips on how to manage big libraries from Hollin Jones.
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