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.
Arturia has released a short documentary in which Alexandre Desplat shows how he used the MatrixBrute synth as well as live orchestral sessions to score blockbuster movie Valerian. Watch it here.
Sample Logic's latest mega-instrument looks like it could fulfil all your looping needs. Here are the details on what you get and a preview of its sounds.
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ROLI adds to the software bundle that comes with Seaboard hardware including the Seaboard Block, now giving you a fullly fledged DAW, Tracktion Waveform.
Enrol for free to watch this hands-on demonstration of patching Reaktor Blocks to build an awesome Buchla style synth. Patch along and ask questions as you go!
Using short bursts of frequency modulation as a sample kicks in is a great way to add bite and attack and help them stand out. Find out how it works in this short video.
The next iPhone will be faster, but that's not all Apple needs to do to make its phones more appealing to musicians. Hollin Jones thinks the problems lie not with hardware but elsewhere.
A lack of variation can be the death of any drum'n'bass project. In this short video, Multiplier shows you a few simple tricks to keep your drums and basses interesting over the course of a track.
Here's a great opportunity to see first hand the many things you can do with ROLI's powerful and unique music hardware. Enrol for free, watch and ask questions in realtime!
In his latest immersive performance featuring the Buchla Music Easel and Logic Pro, Ask.Audio publisher and musician Steve H performs a tribute to his mother.
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Learn the secrets of Novation's latest synth / sequencer with a hands-on live video masterclass from product specialist Chris Calcutt. Enrol for free to watch and ask questions!
This concept looks like one that might appeal to a solid number of musicians - the developers of Groove Engine are taking suggestions, as well as donations to make their product a reality.
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