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.

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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.

Review: Audient iD4

If you're looking for a solidly built bus powered USB2 audio interface with class A Audient console mic pre's that runs up to 24-bit/96 kHz for under $150 the Audient iD4 deserves your consideration.

Cubase Start to Finish, Part 5: Effects and Mixing

Effects are essential to getting a great sound for your tracks. And when it comes to mixing, Cubase is a powerhouse. Let’s look at how it works in part 5 of this start to finish series for Cubase 8.5.

Summer Tips for Musicians, Producers & DJs

Summer is a great time to get energized and throw yourself into producing and performing music. Here are some top tips to help you refresh your creative juices!

Review: FXpansion Geist2

Positioned as a creative beat-making, rhythm production environment featuring deep sample manipulation, arrangement and modulation capabilities, we investigate how well FXpansions' Geist2 performs.

Cubase: Start to Finish, Part 4: Editing and Arranging Your Track

In parts 1–3 we looked at recording audio and MIDI in Cubase 8.5, but now you need to start putting everything in the right place. It's time to get editing and arranging. We show you how it’s done. 

Review: Sculptor Live Impacts for Kontakt

If you're designing sounds for action movies, game soundtracks, or want that blockbuster movie sound in you music productions, Sculptor Live Impacts is calling your name. Hollin Jones gets stuck in.

Cubase: Start To Finish, Part 3: Recording and Working with Audio

You will almost certainly be using audio as well as MIDI tracks in your Cubase projects. Here’s how to get it right first time. 

Review: TBProAudio dEQ6

TB Pro Audio's dEQ6 is a 6 band stereo/MS dynamic equalizer with high quality oversampling and accurate spectrum analyser. Hollin Jones finds it powerful and easy to use, with great visual feedback.

Review: Mixfader, a Wireless Crossfader Controller

Mixfader is the world's first wireless crossfader. It claims to reinvent the way you mix and scratch and open new creative possibilities using the dedicated app. Hollin Jones puts it to the test.

Review: Empirical Labs Arousor Compressor Plugin

Following on from their hardware compressor, Distressor, some 20 years ago, Empirical Labs have released a great, smooth sounding compressor plug-in with some clever features in Arouser.

Review: IK Multimedia iKlip AV - Smartphone Broadcast Mount For Pro-Quality Audio & Video?

If you're shooting video using a smart phone or a DSLR and want better shots, less camera shake, mic phantom power and much more in an easy to use and clever device, then you need to check this out.

Cubase: Start To Finish, Part 2: Building Track Foundations With MIDI

Using MIDI parts to lay down the basics of a track is a great way to get started. Let’s look at how it works and how you can generate ideas using Cubase 8.5. 

How To Avoid Alienation As A Bedroom Producer

Music production can, ironically, often be a solitary experience spent in a home or bedroom studio for long hours. Here are 8 tips to help you get more connected to the music world around you.

Review: iRig Mic Lav

If you're looking for an affordable microphone lavalier solution which are lightweight, plugs directly into your iOS device and has decent sound pickup, the iRig Mic Lav's might be for you.