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.

Articles by Matt Vanacoro

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Review: Whole Sounds 1954 Baldwin Parlor Grand

If you're in need of a great sounding software piano instrument that's meticulously sampled and cuts through a mix but won't break the bank, check out Whole Sounds' 1954 Baldwin Parlor Grand.

Review: Roland System 500 Modules 531 and 555

For adding extensive modulation and mixing capabilities to any modular setup, Roland's System 500 - 531 and 555 Modules are hard to beat. Matt Vanacoro explains why.

Review: Roland System 500 - 510 and 505 Eurorack Synth Modules

Derived from the legendary Roland SH-5, these new Eurorack modules pack all of its punch into a much smaller package, and won't break the bank. Matt Vanacoro finds much to like about the 510 and 505

Review: Samson MediaOne M50 Monitors

Sometimes you need affordable and great-sounding monitors without the price tag and heft of high end models. Enter the Samson MediaOne M50s - Matt Vanacoro takes it from here.

Quick & Easy Guide To Compression, Encoders, Streaming For Performing Musicians & DJs

Just pointing a camera at a band won't cut it - to stream effectively to a wide audience you need to know a few tricks about conversion and compression. Here's Matt Vanacoro with the inside track.

Review: Roland TD17KVX

Roland's TD17KVX V-Drum kit shares many features with its more expensive siblings, but at a much more accessible price. Matt Vanacoro asks if it makes any compromises.

Music Theory: Breaking Away From The ‘Original Beat Recipe’

It's easy to make your beats unique and interesting, even if they start off pretty conventional. Here are some top tips to liven up your rhythms and create more life and variation for your tracks.

Review: Yamaha Montage 2.0

Yamaha's free update for its Montage workstation synthesizer brings a ton of new features to the table. Matt Vanacoro has been playing with it, and here's what he discovered.

Review: IK Multimedia iRig Stomp I/O

IK's latest hardware unit is an iOS and desktop-compatible stompbox solution - but it's also much more than that, as Matt Vanacoro found out.

7 Mistakes To Avoid When Setting Up Your Audio Workstation Computer

Corrupted installs, orphaned plugins, renegade drivers, resource-hogging games - there are many things that could be slowing your system down. Here's how to streamline your work DAW.

Review: East West Voices Of The Empire

Vocal-based instruments have come a long way in recent years with word and phrase builders emulating a real singer. Matt Vanacoro got multilingual with East West Voices of the Empire

Review: ROLI Songmaker Kit

ROLI has taken three of its popular hardware units along with a generous software bundle and created the Songwriter Kit. Matt Vanacoro was excited to find out how they all fit together.

Syncing Pro Audio and Video For Live Streaming

Live streaming brings a unique set of challenges, of which syncing audio and vide is one of the biggest. Matt Vanacoro shows you how to avoid sync pitfalls and keep everything running smoothly.

Review: Bias Distortion, Modulation, and Delay

Positive Grid have graduated from making excellent guitar software to physical pedals that guitarists will love. Matt Vanacoro fired up Bias Distortion, Modulation and Delay...

Getting The Most Out Of Bitwig Studio's Built-In Effects

Matt Vanacoro set himself the challenge of using only Bitwig's bundled instruments and effects to produce a track. How did he get on? Read on to find out...