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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How To: Old School Drum Sequencing In Propellerhead Reason

With hardware getting more popular than ever, we show you how to program beats the old fashioned way in Reason.

Review: UVI Falcon - A Big Sounding Hybrid Synth/Instrument

UVI describe Falcon as the most complete hybrid instrument available. With 15 oscillators, the ability to mix and modulate samples and plenty of synthesis models. Hollin Jones finds how it shapes up.

10 Sound Design Secrets Every Cubase Producer Should Know

Everyone has their own workflow and techniques when it comes to designing sounds... here are 10 that your family might have hidden from you which will help you with sound design in Cubase.

Review: Komplete Kontrol 1.5

Native Instruments recently added an 88-key model to Komplete Kontrol. Along with that release was Komplete Kontrol 1.5 (software) which adds a slew of tasty new features like 3rd-party VST support.

Review: Audient ASP800 8-Channel Mic PreAmp ADC

Getting high quality mic pres & A/D conversion with pristine sound quality from an Audient desk in a rack-based unit is now possible thanks to the ASP800. Hollin Jones gives this an in-depth review.

Review: Editor’s Keys Vocal Booth

Editor's Keys have been creating their own music hardware for a while now. They already make microphones, so a vocal isolation booth seems like a good companion. Hollin Jones puts it to the test.

5 Common Computer Problems Music Producers Can Solve Without Calling The Tech Guy

A computer that behaves badly when you’re trying to make music can be a real pain. Here are five things you can solve without calling in the PC doctors (or the Mac doctors!)...

Review: Komplete Kontrol S88

The new Komplete Kontrol S88 isn't merely a larger version of the S61, it features very expressive and playable keys, making this ideal for players who want the full Komplete Kontrol experience.

Review: NI iMaschine 2 for iOS

iMaschine 2 has got people talking. The mobile version of the Maschine family packs in some serious features for music makers, including step mode, recording and editing samples. Here's our verdict.

10 Annoying Habits Performing Musicians Should Avoid

Musicians. We're an odd lot! Creative, musical... and often misunderstood. There's times when we can put our foot in it playing live, so here's 10 things to avoid from veteran performer, Hollin Jones.

Review: Output Exhale – Bend & Twist Vocals Like Never Before

Output's REV and Signal, were both huge hits for modern music producers. In this world-first review, we got hands on with Exhale—that's a unique take on vocal production and manipulation.

Review: FXpansion Strobe 2

The original Strobe from FXpansion was a very capable analog-modeled software synth with an eye on accessible and powerful programming. Does the new Strobe 2 come up trumps? Hollin Jones finds out.

9 Steps to Scoring to Picture in Cubase 8 Pro

To anyone that says there's no money in music anymore you can tell them there is where scoring for film, TV and video games are concerned. Here's 9 steps to scoring to picture in Cubase 8 Pro.

Review: Patterning Drum Machine for iPad

When you think of a drum sequencer you probably see a linear left to right grid? Patterning for iPad looks to shake up that metaphor. This is no conventional beat sequencer as Hollin Jones finds out.

9 Advanced Production Tips for Cubase

Getting your tracks to sound great and perfecting workflow in Cubase can be easier than you think if you follow these expert tips…