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.

Articles by Hollin Jones

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Review: Native Instruments Form

What if you could have an infinite number of ways to generate sound? NI’s Form sample tracking synthesizer might just hold the key…

Review: Maschine Jam

NI has come up with whole new way to perform and produce with Maschine and it’s got some clever tricks up its sleeve. We couldn’t wait to unwrap Maschine Jam…

A Brief History of Music, Part 2: Rock

In part 2 of our series exploring musical genres and the influential artists and songs that have characterised and inspired us, Hollin Jones puts rock music in the spotlight.

How To Control External MIDI Hardware For Studio & Live Performance In Reason

Reason can be the center piece, the hub of your digital and hardware music studio. In this tutorial Hollin Jones shows how to integrate ext. MIDI in Reason.

A Brief History of Music, Part 1: Hip Hop

Beginning our new series exploring musical genres and the influential artists and songs that have characterised and inspired us, Hollin Jones uncovers the beginnings of Hip Hop.

5 Processing Plugins To Make Your Vocal Recordings Shine

Getting a great vocal sound can be easier than you think – with a little help from these tools!

Review: Output SUBSTANCE

Output’s instruments are known for being unique, and now they've focused their attention on bass. But will the earth move?

Review: IK Multimedia iRig HD 2

Working with Vocal Pitch Correction in Propellerhead Reason

Changing the pitch and timing of vocals used to be something you could only do in a top end studio. Now thanks to Reason it’s at your fingertips!

Review: M-Audio AV42 Monitors

There are more monitor speakers coming to market for the home studio/bedroom studio music producer than ever before. M-Audio's latest offering, the AV42, are compact, well balanced and economical.

Review: IK Multimedia iLoud Micro

The new iLoud Micro monitors are tiny, but IK Multimedia explain they sound bigger than they look, and are aiming for the music/producer market. Hollin Jones measures them up for size in our review.

Review: SONAR 2016.06 update

Recently we've been seeing regular monthly updates for Cakewalk SONAR. These updates haven't just seen bug fixes, we're talking new features too. Matt Vanacoro checks out this massive DAW.

7 Practical Mistakes To Avoid When Recording In Your Home Studio

Having a home studio can be really convenient but it’s not without its pitfalls! Here’s how to avoid the worst of them. 

Review: Akai Professional BT500

Whether you like it or not, vinyl is back. And turntables are too. The new BT500 from Akai Pro allows you to play your old (or new) vinyl records and plug-in to your computer's audio interface & HiFi.

Cubase Start to Finish, Part 6: Exporting and Mastering

In this final part of the Cubase start to finish tutorial series Hollin Jones explores how to turn your mixes into masters and export them so the world can hear them.