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: 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.

Review: Magix Sequoia 13

A DAW that costs just under $3,000? Matt Vanacoro puts Magix's high-end Sequoia 13 to the test and finds out who it's aimed at and what it brings to the table more consumer-based DAWs miss out on.

Music Studio Construction: Making A Quiet Room

Home or project studios are certainly convenient, but not always well-designed spaces. If you're interested in taking your home studio to the next level here's how to make the room nice and quiet.

Review: SampleTank 2 for iOS

IK Multimedia's SampleTank 2 for iOS has become an expressive, high-quality instrument suitable for studio and live performance. Matt Vanacoro was blown away by it. Find out why.

Review: Apogee Symphony I/O MKii Thunderbolt

The new Apogee Symphony I/O KM2 Thunderbolt audio interface doesn't just look, sound and feel great, it's highly configurable and definitely high quality too. Matt Vanacoro got hands on.

Review: Korg XVP-20

Matt Vanacoro puts the new Korg XVP-20 expression and volume pedal, the successor to the popular XVP-10 to the test. Is this MIDI pedal going to be the next big foot controller?

Review: CME Xkey Air

If you're looking for a MIDI keyboard controller that is incredibly portable, wireless, with full-sized keys and good response, then you've probably heard of the CME XKey Air. Welcome to the review.

Exporting and Importing Between DAWs Without Losing Your Mind

Here's a useful tutorial on how to share between different Digital Audio Workstations, like Logic Pro and Pro Tools and even audio to video software like Final Cut Pro or Premiere.

Review: Vir2 Aeris Hybrid Choir Designer

Matt Vanacoro has given Aeris Choir Designer the up, down, inside, and out treatment and now he's really pumped to tell you all about it...