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.
1983 and Timber are a polyphonic MIDI to CV and a waveshaping module respectively. See them in action and find out more below.
The latest design from MIDI specialists Retrokits is a USB MIDI host and interface that is intelligently able to convert different MIDI formats on the fly and connect all kinds of devices.
New from Soma Labs, the PIPE is a dedicated handheld vocal processor that uses different algorithms to turn your voice into a range of things from beats to synths.
How would you like 6 independent wavetable VCOs, 6 wavetables and 6 internal VCAs in a module that looks as cool as it sounds? The 4ms Spherical Wavetable Navigator might be just the ticket.
Erica Synths' new all-in-one drum sequencing and sound tweaking system is a 15-module monster that puts the fun back into making beats. Here's a video of it in action.
This compact sequencer from Pittsburgh Modular works with eurorack and regular MIDI gear and will likely suit anyone looking for hands-on control of sequencing. Here's a first look.
U-He's first foray into hardware is a multi-talented audio and CV mixer, sequencer and more for eurorack modular systems. Here's a first look at what it can do.
These pocket-sized synths won't break the bank and they look super cool. Here's everything you need to know about uAcid8 and hapiNES from Twisted Electrons.
The successful Kickstarter campaign sees Tangible Waves' AE Modular system now available - and prices are much more competitive than you might expect.
An EQ powered by algorithms that adapts itself to manage frequencies over 100 times per second sounds like the stuff of magic. Hollin Jones found out what Soundtheory Gullfoss Intelligent EQ can do.
Great news for owners of Korg's Prologue - a new SDK will allow you to customise it and get under the hood of this powerful instrument. Here the details.
Moon Modular's M 543 CP is a 4-channel output mixer with voltage controlled volume and panorama per-channel and it's available now. Here's the details.
Following last year's surround sound live set, Steve returns to Superbooth with his Buchla 200e / Eurorack hybrid system for another solo live performance. Here's the details.
This realtime online course with a certified Ableton professional will give you all the skills you need to master Live's audio FX, mixing and mastering workflows.
Understanding the basics of keyboard playing needn't be scary even if you've never had format training. In this quick video, Matt Vanacoro explains how to play major scales.
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