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.
Beginning our new series exploring musical genres and the influential artists and songs that have characterised and inspired us, Hollin Jones uncovers the beginnings of Hip Hop.
Getting a great vocal sound can be easier than you think – with a little help from these tools!
Output’s instruments are known for being unique, and now they've focused their attention on bass. But will the earth move?
Changing the pitch and timing of vocals used to be something you could only do in a top end studio. Now thanks to Reason it’s at your fingertips!
There are more monitor speakers coming to market for the home studio/bedroom studio music producer than ever before. M-Audio's latest offering, the AV42, are compact, well balanced and economical.
The new iLoud Micro monitors are tiny, but IK Multimedia explain they sound bigger than they look, and are aiming for the music/producer market. Hollin Jones measures them up for size in our review.
Recently we've been seeing regular monthly updates for Cakewalk SONAR. These updates haven't just seen bug fixes, we're talking new features too. Matt Vanacoro checks out this massive DAW.
Having a home studio can be really convenient but it’s not without its pitfalls! Here’s how to avoid the worst of them.
Whether you like it or not, vinyl is back. And turntables are too. The new BT500 from Akai Pro allows you to play your old (or new) vinyl records and plug-in to your computer's audio interface & HiFi.
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.
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.
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 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!
Positioned as a creative beat-making, rhythm production environment featuring deep sample manipulation, arrangement and modulation capabilities, we investigate how well FXpansions' Geist2 performs.
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