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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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.

Review: Sony UWP-D16 Wireless System

The Sony UWP-D16 is an integrated wireless microphone and lavalier system that we were hoping would provide good audio quality in a small, rugged package. Here's what we discovered...

Review: Waves NX Head Tracker Gives All Headphones 3D Audio

If 3D audio is the next step for music consumers and producers then Waves Audio have jumped ahead with NX Head Tracker and NX Virtual Mix Room. Matt Vanacoro explores all the dimensions in our review.

4 Features To Love in The Latest Komplete Kontrol Software

If you have a Komplete Control series keyboard controller then you'll appreciate just how powerful it is. And the latest version of Komplete Control software deserves your full attention. Here's why.

Review: Phantom Voice and V Alto Choir

Bela D's Phantom Voice and V Alto Choir for Kontakt provide clean and polished sounds for anyone wanting interesting ways to recreate the human voice in their productions.

Review: iSymphonic Orchestra

A professional orchestra sound module/sample library with effects for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch? Matt Vanacoro finds out if Crude Byte's iSymphonic Orchestra app delivers.

Review: BAE 1066DL 500 Series Module Preamp & EQ

The BAE 1066DL is a 500 series module that does the work of 2 processors, providing both a 1073 style mic preamp and a vintage EQ. Matt Vanacoro puts it to the test.

Review: fluXpad Sequencer & Groovebox for iPad

fluXpad from MoMinstruments does things differently to other sequencers and groove boxes for iOS. You essentially draw sounds onto the interface. Matt Vanacoro puts it to the test.

Review: Spectrasonics Keyscape

Following on from their award-winning Stylus RMX, Trilian and Omnisphere, Spectrasonics have set their sights on making the ultimate instrument for keyboard players. Is Keyscape better than expected?

Review: UA Apollo Twin USB & Satellite USB for Windows

Universal Audio's Apollo Twin USB audio interface pressed all our buttons when we reviewed it for Mac. Now it and the Satellite USB are available for Windows PC. Matt Vanacoro finds out how it fares.

Cakewalk Sonar: 4 Features to Get Excited About

Is the grass always greener on the other side of the DAW fence? Not always... but here's 4 features that'll have users of other DAWs looking enviously in the direction of Cakewalk Sonar.

Synthesizer Patch Bays: A Beginner's Guide

If you feel intimidated by synthesis and patch bays and find you're excusing yourself from conversations about them, now is the time to face your fear and discover your inner synth power.

Review: Icon Pro Audio QCon Pro X Control Surface

The Icon Pro Audio QCon Pro X is a control surface with motorised faders fit for most DAWs that is built like a tank in a good way! Matt Vanacoro gives it an in-depth review along with video.

10 Top Hardware Synthesizers For Under $1000

If you've got $1,000 to burn on a hardware synth which one/ones should you choose? Matt Vanacoro showcases his favorite 10 choices here.