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: Sample Logic Modern Animated Percussion

Sample Logic's Modern Animated Percussion has a multi-resolution sequencer, insanely useful randomizer, a ton of content... could it be the perfect tool for scoring?

Review: Heavyocity Scoring Bass

When is a bass more than just a guitar? When it's a full-blown sound design and scoring instrument, as Matt Vanacoro found out with Heavyocity's Scoring Bass...

Review: Steinberg AXR4

Steinberg's high-end Thunderbolt audio interface works with any DAW but is especially tightly integrated with Cubase. Matt Vanacoro put it through its paces.

Adobe Audition : The Top 5 Things You Should Try

Adobe's wave editing package has much to recommend it to musicians and audio producers. Here, Matt Vanacoro shares 5 of his top tips for getting the most out of it.

Cleaning Checklist: Preparing Your Audio & Video Workstation

To ensure a long life and efficient performance for your music or video computer, Matt Vanacoro recommends you follow these few simple tips. Read on to find out what they are...

Review: Synthogy Ivory 2 Grand Pianos

With 81GB of samples, impressive low latency performance and stunning pianos, could Synthogy's Ivory 2 be the ultimate sampled piano collection?

Review: Big Fish Audio Ancient World: Instruments of Antiquity

Even though Matt vanacoro wasn't familiar with the Phorminx, he quickly learned that all manner of unusual and interesting world instruments could be found in this new collection.

Review: Korg Gadget 2

Korg's Gadget 2 introduces new instruments and FX as well as more DAW functionality than ever. There's a reason why it's Matt Vanacoro's favourite fun way to make music...

Review: UVI Key Suite Acoustic

UVI's latest collection encompasses acoustic pianos, harpsichords and bells - and it's exactly what Matt Vanacoro has been waiting for. Here's what he thought about it...

5 Apple MainStage Features Every Non-Keyboardist Should Know

Apple's powerful live performance software isn't just designed for keyboard players. Here are 5 ways non-keyboardists can use it to its fullest potential.

Synth Terminology And Basics for Beginners

Do you know subtractive from wavetable synthesis? How about what makes analog different from digital? All your synth terminology questions are answered in this handy, quick guide.

Yamaha CP73 Review

Yamaha's new stage piano offers an excellent balance of build, playability and sounds. Matt Vanacoro took it on the road to find out where it really shines.

Universal Audio UAD 9.8 Review

Universal Audio's latest update brings three new plugins - a classic preamp, modern autotune and an amp sim. Matt Vanacoro put them to the test and here's what he discovered...

Keeping It In The Family : 5 Cool Things To Do With Logic Pro X Instruments

You may know Logic Pro's instruments, but have you really been using them to their fullest potential? Matt Vanacoro shows you 5 tricks you might not know about.

Review: Gig Performer 3

A slick yet surprisingly feature-packed way to host all your plugins for live performance without a DAW? Yes please, says Matt Vanacoro.