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.
It's not all about instruments - the FX and accessories you choose for your studio can transform it and help make your tracks sound even better. Here are the best released in 2018.
Kontakt-based instruments just keep getting better, and 2018 saw some of the most ambitious and great-sounding releases ever. Here are the boldest and best Kontakt instruments of the year.
2018 saw a raft of updates and new releases, from emulations of vintage gear to new and totally unique soft synthesizers. There's never been a better time to make music with virtual synths.
2018 has been a great year for new, expanded and upgraded music-making apps on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Here are some of the best, from beat makers to full DAWs.
Register your Focusrite hardware to receive a discount code that gets you 20% off Pro Tools - but hurry, the offer runs for a limited time only.
The Enhanced EP Library and new EP Filters are available for free download now for Stage 3 Series owners, with Electro 6 and Piano 4 support on its way. Here's how to get them.
This year saw updates and new releases covering everything from keyboards and Eurorack modules to chord assistants and MIDI guitars. Here's our roundup of the best MIDI controllers of 2018.
AudioBus 3.3 now features MIDI Learn, which opens up whole new worlds of creative possibilities for controlling sessions from MIDI hardware. Here's what's new.
The collaboration between Polyend and Dreadbox that produced Medusa goes from strength to strength with a new free firmware update adding a bunch of new features. Here's the lowdown.
BandLab has experienced massive growth in user numbers in its relatively short history. Now it's passed 5 million, with more new stuff in the pipeline...
Take advantage of festive pricing on these two virtual rack modules and also submit a video made with them and receive a free Voltage Tracker sequencer worth $50.
16 voice polyphonic with 2 oscillators per voice, Bolt is a confident first foray into the world of plug-in synthesis from the maker of Impakt and T-series hardware controllers.
RÃ˜DE's extensive family of mics gets a new member with this updated PodMic, designed to perform all your podcasting needs. Here's what you need to know.
With 250GB sounds, 70 studio quality effects and much more, SampleTank 4 is IK's biggest workstation release to date. Here's everything that's new.
With a 4x oversampled synthesis engine, a freely routable signal and modulation path, Complex-1 is avialable to buy or rent-to-own today. Here's the details.
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