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.
Heard of iSequence HD for iPad? Yes, it is related to iSequence for iPhone… but has a whole lot more about it, including excellent sounds, recording and editing features. Hollin Jones checks it out.
Padshop is Steinberg’s new instrument in VST and AU formats that uses granular synthesis to build pad sounds. Follow along with Hollin Jones in this step-by-step synth workshop.
Looking for a drum machine? Arturia are well known for software emulations of classic hardware instruments. Hollin Jones plugs-in to the Spark Creative Drum Machine for a user-friendly experience.
MPVHub was fortunate enough to get hold of the first copy of FXpansion's new DCAM Dynamics pack. Find out why Hollin Jones finds this to be an excellent suite for the studio musician.
Although drum synths & samplers have become standard fare within most modern DAWs there’s still a huge appetite for 3rd party offerings. Hollin Jones trembles not and puts Tremor through its paces.
So, you're a Propellerhead Reason junkie? Can't get enough of the sounds? Pining for it when traveling? Figure for iOS not enough for those long journey's? Check out how to be a porta-pro in Reason!
Adobe Audition CS6 now supports all 3rd party VST and AU plug-ins and comes bundles with some nifty effects of its own. Hollin Jones gets under the hood and puts them to the test.
One of the most popular requests by Reason users over the years has been for 3rd-party plug-in hosting. The 6.5 update has delivered just that with a focus on elegance, stability and performance.
Adobe's Creative Suite CS6 launch brought much attention to Photoshop and the other big guns. One application comparatively slipped under the radar: Audition. Hollin Jones uncovers the new features.
Need more inputs or outputs than your current audio interface provides? Got 2 interfaces? Running Mac OS X? Hollin Jones explains how Audio MIDI Setup can fool your DAW into using two devices as one!
Cubase, one of the most widely used cross-platform DAWs, recently received a rather tasty update. Now at 6.5, there are new synths, effects and features which Hollin Jones explores in this review.
Mixing. It's an art form arguably more important than the arrangement of your track. Asking an experienced pro, like Hollin Jones, for tips is one sure-fire way to improve your mix. Read on for more!
Hollin Jones explores the finer points of the Alesis StudioDock and how it can be used as a MIDI bridge between an iPad and a Mac running your favorite DAW.
Guitar effects aren't only for guitarists! Hollin Jones takes some of the best guitar effects that Reason has to offer and applies them to a synth bass. Read and listen to the results...
If you ever need to compose music or create foley to sync with video Cubase provides a clear and easy approach. Hollin Jones runs through what you need to know to sync your ideas with the director's!
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