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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Creating a Virtual Performance in 4 Easy Steps

Understanding how to create an incredible remote, collaborative, virtual musical performance is as relevant now as it was in the midst of the Covid pandemic. Matt Vanacoro shows us how.

5 Ways to Add Emotion to Sequenced MIDI Parts

Matt Vanacoro reveals five essential ways to transform your MIDI ideas into more human and realistic-sounding instrumentals.

New Apple Mac Pro Review: The Ideal Mac For Musicians and Producers?

Just how suitable is the super expensive new Apple Mac Pro for musicians and producers? Matt Vanacoro has tested one in his studio setup for a month.

Getting Into Granular Synthesis: A Beginner's Guide

Granular synthesis, invented by Iannis Xenakis in 1959, is often passed by when talking about synthesis. Here we explore what it is and show how easily it can create unique and impressive sounds.

Review: UVI JP Legacy Synth Plug-In

This new virtual instrument suite offers four meticulously sampled iconic Roland JP Synthesizers. Matt Vanacoro discovers it oozes both quality and playability.

Review: Universal Audio Luna DAW

Universal Audio want LUNA to transform their excellent Apollo interfaces into the most inspiring recording systems on the planet. Matt Vanacoro discovers whether it lives up to the hype.

5 Tips for Remote Collaboration For Musicians

In case you hadn't noticed, the world is in a state of lockdown and meeting other musicians or sitting in the same physical space as a producer is still mainly forbidden. What to do then?

4 Tips for Mixing Guitars in Electronic Music

Here's four short, to the point tips from Matt Vanacoro that'll help every producer and musician mix guitars better in electronic and dance music tracks.

Nord Wave 2 Review

Find out how inspiring the new Nord Wave 2 keyboard synth really is in this in-depth review by music veteran, Matt Vanacoro.

Hygiene 101: Keeping Your Music Studio & Equipment Clean

If you're isolating in your home studio and want to ensure all your gear stays virus and germ-free, Matt Vanacoro shares some excellent tips to help keep your instruments healthy.

5 Mixing Tips to Make Layers of Synths Stand Apart

The more synths the better, right? Only if they all fit nicely in the mix... Matt Vanacoro shows how you can have your cake and eat it with these five essential synth mixing tips.

5 Of The Best Microphones for Voice Over Recording Compared

Which microphone should you be using to record narrative and voice over work? Matt Vanacoro takes a look at 5 of the best ones for varying budgets in this essential overview.

Review: Roland VR-1HD

Roland's VR-1HD is a thoroughly capable multicam video mixer. But as Matt Vanacoro discovered, there's much more to it than that. Read on to find out just what it can do...

Review: Steinberg Dorico 3

Steinberg's flagship notation software gets a bunch of big upgrades with version 3 including guitar tabs, playback templates and much more. Will Matt Vanacoro award it a high score?

4 Cool Things To Do In Logic Pro X's Alchemy

Alchemy is one of the flagship synths in Apple's Logic Pro X. Here, Matt Vanacoro reveals some of its hidden depths and shows you how to use it at the next level.