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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5 Reaktor Synths You Should Know About

There are many fine add-on synths created for Reaktor, but did you know about these five great models that come as part of the standard Reaktor library?

Review: Yamaha Montage 1.5

Yamaha's powerful Montage operating system has had an update, adding cool new features like Auto Beat Sync. Matt Vanacoro put it through its paces.

Music Theory: Beyond 7th Chords - Utilizing Complex Harmonies

Matt Vanacoro shares his many years of musical experience to offer an insight into how going beyond 7th chords can add a new layer to your playing.

Do You Need Lots Of Money To Make A Good Album? A Response To Stevie Nicks

Every month there's stories on the demise of music, the quality of music, or, in this case, the futility of making an album. Stevie Nicks has given an interesting opinion. Matt Vanacoro investigates.

Review: Antelope Audio Goliath Audio Interface

Antelope Audio makes some great high-end recording and mixing gear, but would the Goliath live up to its name, and corresponding price tag? Matt Vanacoro found out...

Review: Universal Audio Apollo Twin MK2

We loved UAD's Apollo Twin, so how could they make it any better? Why, by doubling the DSP power of course! Matt Vanacoro put it to the test.

Tweaking Your Organ Sounds in 4 Easy Steps

Hammond organ emulations have improved immeasurably over the years. Here are four pro tips to help you make your organ playing sound as authentic as possible.

Review: UVI UVS-3200 Brings Classic Korg 3200 Polyphonic Synth To Your DAW

Can't get your hands on a real Korg 3200? That's not surprising. But what might surprise you is the low introductory price of this amazing recreation of that classic synth from UVI.

Review: Positive Grid Pro Series EQ

Positive Grid makes some of the best guitar and mixing plugins for iOS and for the desktop. We couldn't wait to get our hands on their new Pro Series EQ.

Review: NextDrive Spectra

Adding a dedicated DAC to your listening device can make a world of difference when it comes to audio quality. We couldn't wait to try out the sleek new Spectra from NextDrive.

Pro Tools and Logic Pro’s Best Kept Secret: Session Data

What if you could move whole bunches of settings between sessions easily with just a few clicks? Actually you can, as Matt Vanacoro reveals.

Review: HEDD Type 07 Studio Monitors

We checked out HEDD's new Type 07 studio monitors at NAMM but couldn't wait to try a pair for ourselves. Here's what we discovered.

Choosing The Right Synth Engine in Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X has a wealth of synths bundled with it, but they all have their own unique character and potential uses. Matt Vanacoro sheds some light on exactly what those are.

Review: BandLab, Cloud-Based DAW That Could Change Everything

If you thought that online DAWs were a pale imitation of the real thing, BandLab may very well be the one that makes you change your mind.

Review: IK iRig Pro Duo

Making music on the move is more popular than ever. We checked out IK Multimedia's latest mobile-friendly audio and MIDI interface.