Matt Vanacoro

Matt Vanacoro

Matt Vanacoro is one of New York’s premier musicans. Matt has collaborated as a keyboardist in studio and on stage with artists such as Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Mark Wood (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Mark Rivera (Billy Joel Band), Aaron Carter, Amy Regan, Jay Azzolina, Marcus Ratzenboeck (Tantric), KeKe Palmer, C-Note, Jordan Knight and many others. He has appeared on many a recording with a variety of artists, as well as had his own music featured in films by Lionsgate Studios.

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Review: Samplitude Pro X3

Samplitude Pro X3 may not be the best known Windows DAW, but could it actually be one of the best performers?

Review: IK Multimedia Modo Bass

Spoiler alert: The new Modo Bass from IK Multimedia is an incredibly good physical modeling bass instrument. The sound is excellent and it has a high level of tonal flexibility too.

GeoShred v2.0 Review

The award-winning GeoShred musical instrument for iPad now includes MIDI/MPE support. Check out our full review with video showcasing the new features.

Review: Arturia MiniLab MK2

The new Arturia MiniLab MKII has an attractive sub $100 price point. But does this uber-portable and ultra small music controller perform as classily as it looks? We find out in the video review.

Orchestration Tips: Making Horns Sound Real in Kontakt

If you're going for great-sounding realistic horns in your productions, Matt Vanacoro is here to share tips on how to turn humdrum horns into something more inspiring.

4 Keyboard Drumming Techniques for Producers

Playing drum patterns on your MIDI keyboard need not be a drag. Here's four quick tips to help you get the rhythms in your head to your tracks.

Review: UVI World Suite

Spanning 28 GB and many instruments, styles and cultures from all corners of the globe, UVI's World Suite is a carefully sampled and presented ethnic instrument library. Is it the best on offer?

Music Studio Construction: Amping Up the Storage

If you're interested in taking your home or project studio to the next level here's how to get the most from your hard drive storage to create a fast, reliable and seamless setup.

Review: AutoTonic, The Modal Note Transposing Tool

So, you want real-time scale mapping & keyswitching that's independent from the virtual instrument plugin you're using? AutoTonic allows you to play any mode or scale on the diatonic C notes!

Using Bluetooth MIDI on iOS and OS X

MIDI over Bluetooth is a technology that is still in its infancy. The concept of connecting MIDI devices wirelessly is appealing of course (look Ma, no wires). But how do you set it up for Mac & iOS?

Review: UVI Synth Anthology 2

Where most synth emulation virtual instruments focus on the classics, UVI Synth Anthology 2 embraces the vintage variety and some modern monsters too. Matt Vanacoro finds out if the sounds match up.

Review: Korg ARP ODYSSEi

So, you want a mobile analog synthesizer for iPad and iPhone that reproduces the legendary ARP synth sound? Korg feel they've got something lined up just for you. Matt Vanacoro puts it to the test.

UAD Software V9.0 Review

Universal Audio's UAD 9.0 software brings to the table (or studio) a lot to love. Here to explain what and why is UAD veteran user, Matt Vanacoro.

Music Theory : Expanding Your Chord Vocabulary Beyond Major and Minor

If you're stuck in a cycle of major and minor when composing this music theory tutorial to help you break out and explore four types of lesser used chords that can transform your songwriting skills.

Review: Korg Module

Designed to bring high-quality keyboard sounds to your mobile device for live performance or studio work, we find out if the Korg Module app for iOS sets the standard or falls by the wayside.