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.
Who doesn't enjoy banging out beats on pads? While these were once expensive, the cost of pad controllers has dropped and IK Multimedia's new iRig Pads brings pad control to iOS, Mac & PC.
The Komplete Kontrol software works well with all hardware but comes into its own when paired with Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards. Here's 5 tips from Hollin Jones on how to get the most from it.
Having made waves amongst guitarists with BIAS Amp for iOS, Positive Grid have released a stomping version for Mac and PC. Hollin Jones discovers that BIAS Desktop sets just the right tone!
Since Twisted Tools' Ultraloop the idea of manually programming drum patterns feels so antiquated. Now they've teamed up with Native Instruments to create Polyplex, an amazing 8-part drum sampler.
Do you want a very portable 2-in/2-out audio interface with direct monitoring, phantom power, and good bundled software for under $100? We put Focusrite's Scarlett Solo to the test.
Fact: Bad sound can ruin a great video. That's why sE Electronics have created the ProMic Laser. Hollin Jones discovers whether this improves the recorded sound from a DSLR.
The trend these days is to photograph ourselves doing, well whatever... Musicians are no exception. Now with an iPhone and an iTrack Pocket you can take excellent video and audio with no fuss.
Native Instruments Komplete reaches version 10 and has has some tasty new additions in the instrument and effect department. Hollin Jones reviews the whole package.
The new integrated browser in Reason 8 can really speed up your workflow and makes sound selection and loading easy. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of it!
Native Instruments' Traktor is possibly the most popular DJ platform around. So it's no surprise that there's now an iOS based controller for Traktor Pro available. Hollin Jones puts it to the test.
It looks like a regular, well-designed, MIDI keyboard, but Hollin Jones finds out there’s much more going on with Native Instruments’ Komplete Kontrol S-Series than meets the eye.
You’ll spend a lot of time editing audio parts in Cubase. Here are some useful timesavers and power tips from Hollin Jones to help you along the way!
How do you make a great virtual studio with a loyal and professional user base like Reason better? Propellerhead have focused on workflow enhancements. Find out if Reason 8 hits the spot.
The original iRig Mic from IK Multimedia, was one of the first decent microphones available for the iPad and iPhone musician. And we were very curious to find out what was improved in the HD release.
We've shared tons of excellent tips to help you mix better over the past few months… now here are 5 things you need to avoid doing when mixing, specifically with your mixing faders.
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