Hollin Jones

Hollin Jones

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.

Articles by Hollin Jones

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Ten Tips To Make You A Better Songwriter

Songwriting is one of the more abstract parts of the music process, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have rules. Here are some tips to help you get better at writing songs. 

Review: iRig Keys 37 PRO

How does the IK Multimedia iRig Key 37 Pro fare? Hollin Jones finds out how portable, playable and pleasurable it really is.

Review: Sam Spacey's Epica Bass, Legendary Vintage Analog Bass Synths for Kontakt

We've been told, "it's all about the bass"... and Sam Spacey's Epica Bass puts a vintage, analog slant on this thought by capturing some authentic legendary bass instruments for Kontakt users.

Building a Lead Synth Patch in Cubase Retrologue 2

Retrologue 2 is the latest version of Steinberg’s virtual analogue synthesizer. Hollin Jones shows you how to build your own lead synth patch from scratch.

Review: Fugue Machine, A Unique Take on Sequencing for iPad

Imagine having multiple playheads that can play back different MIDI patterns in different directions, tempos and pitch settings... on an iPad. Fugue Machine does that and more in a really novel way.

Review: Air Music tech Mini Grand

Can't find space for a grand piano in your studio? There's always piano software instruments. AIR Music Tech's Mini Grand will fit in any studio and won't break the bank. Hollin Jones investigates.

Review: Auria Pro for iPad

A fully fledged DAW on your iPad with advanced MIDI sequencing, editing, audio warping, pro workflows, and high-quality instruments and effects? You'd better believe it. Auria Pro is here.

FL Studio: 5 Piano Roll Editor Tips

FL Studio’s Piano Roll is where you do most of your MIDI work. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of it!

Review: Master & Dynamic MW60

So you're looking for perfectly balanced, both sonically and physically, bluetooth headphones for studio applications? Hollin Jones finds out if the new Master & Dynamic MW60s fit the bill.

Interview: Mikey Lion & Sabo Talk New EP, Tech and Desert Hearts

Founder of Desert Hearts, Mikey Lion and Burning Man sensation, Sabo, have collaborated on an EP, Into The Jungle. We chatted with them about tech, playing intimidate festivals and more.

Review: Wasaphone Maroc Microphone

For lo-fi, unique-character recordings, Wasaphone's Maroc microphone may be the alternative mic you've always wanted but didn't realise. Hollin Jones finds himself under its influence.

How To: Old School Drum Sequencing In Propellerhead Reason

With hardware getting more popular than ever, we show you how to program beats the old fashioned way in Reason.

Review: UVI Falcon - A Big Sounding Hybrid Synth/Instrument

UVI describe Falcon as the most complete hybrid instrument available. With 15 oscillators, the ability to mix and modulate samples and plenty of synthesis models. Hollin Jones finds how it shapes up.

10 Sound Design Secrets Every Cubase Producer Should Know

Everyone has their own workflow and techniques when it comes to designing sounds... here are 10 that your family might have hidden from you which will help you with sound design in Cubase.

Review: Komplete Kontrol 1.5

Native Instruments recently added an 88-key model to Komplete Kontrol. Along with that release was Komplete Kontrol 1.5 (software) which adds a slew of tasty new features like 3rd-party VST support.