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.
Intrepid coders can now use Soundtools' previously-closed code and algorithm to try out this unique approach to mastering for themselves, totally free.
With 8 ins and 4 outs, dual independent headphones and a generous software bundle, M-Audio's M-Track 8X4M Audio Interface has something for every kind of producer, as Hollin Jones discovered.
Erica Synths has built this impressive modular system in collaboration with the liquid sky artist collective. Aimed at sound designers, it certainly looks the part.
Slicing audio into regions so it can be played like an instrument is at the heart of how the MPC software works. This video shows you how it's done.
No matter which DAW you use, here are some universal tips and techniques that will help you streamline your workflow and work smarter, not harder.
A powerful and intuitive 4 Oscillator Subtractive Synthesiser featuring Informative Displays, Editable Step Sequencer, Vocal Filter, Multi Unison, Integrated Distortion and Analog Control.
Use Layers' four modules and library of oscillators sampled from legendary synths to create fat bass sounds and more to punch up your productions.
The latest update to FL Studio for Mac and PC adds support for this new, dedicated FL Studio hardware controller - FIRE from AKAI Professional.
These two new sound packs work with your DAW or sampling groovebox of choice and are priced to sell! Here's the details.
Not only can you choose the price you pay, but half of that amount can be donated to a charity of your choice, in an industry-first model. Here's what you need to know about it.
Blinksonic's latest Reaktor ensemble uses unusual samples and some clever synthesis to deliver results that are captivating, cinematic and often unexpected. Hollin Jones took it for a spin.
Get a Fender-inspired sound for your productions with this attractively priced amp sim from independent developer Mercuriall Audio.
Get the most out of Elektron's powerful hardware drum sampler and sequencer, Digitakt, with these 16 great pro tips from Loopop.
FL Studio works a little differently when it comes to signal flow, but it's easy to learn with this expert advice from FLS expert, Rishabh Rajan.
Hear a product specialist from Embertone demonstrate the unique sound and amazing versatility of the Steinway D VSTi in this video - and watch the whole recorded MasterClass for free.
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