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: Heavyocity Scoring Guitars

If you'd like a diverse range of pre-programmed loops and playable patches to hook into Heavyocity Gravity, or use stand alone, you're luck is here in the form of Heavyocity's Scoring Guitars.

Ableton Live Beginner Guide: Your First 5 Steps

If you're new to Ableton Live or are considering buying it as your first DAW, then this article is for you and will get you making tracks in no time flat! Matt Vanacoro is on-hand to help.

Choosing the Right Virtual Piano

What factors do you think about when choosing between the wide variety of virtual pianos out there? Matt Vanacoro recommends taking into account these 4 factors to help choose the right piano for you.

Review: BAE Audio 10DC Compressor/Limiter

Building on their reputation with the 1073 preamp, BAE Audio have come out with the impressive 10DC compressor/limiter. Matt Vanacoro discovers if this compressor sounds as good as it looks.

Music Theory: Using Parallel Harmony

If you've been advised to avoid parallel harmony in your music compositions, think again. When used carefully, parallel harmony can be a useful tool for every modern composer.

Review: iConnectAUDIO2+

Good for live or studio use, the iConnectAudio 2+ is a versatile 2-in 6-out audio & MIDI interface for musicians & DJs. Matt Vanacoro finds out just how good this interface is in this review.

Review: UAD V8.6 New Plugins

If you're looking for a jaw-dropping simulation of the Fender '55 amp, a versatile limiter, and a precise and subtle EQ, Universal Audio's UAD 8.6 has you covered. Matt Vanacoro digs deeper.

Review: UVI Attack EP88

Electric pianos can be found in many styles of music these days. So, UVI's Attack EP88 (emulation of Fender Rhodes) is sure to have universal appeal? Matt Vanaoro puts it to the test.

Review: ClipMic Digital Lavalier Microphone for iOS

If you're looking for clip-on lavalier microphone, with a quality external signal converter, Apogee & Sennheiser's ClipMic digital brings pro mobile recording for iOS devices. Here's our video review.

4 Reasons to Love & Use More Than One DAW

It's becoming more and more common for producers and engineers to use multiple digital audio workstations. Matt Vanacoro presents 4 compelling reasons to use Ableton, Logic, Sonar & Pro Tools.

Review: Korg minilogue Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

Korg's polyphonic analog synthesizer, minilogue, received many plaudits since its announcement at NAMM 2016. But just how good is this sub $500 synth in the real world? Find out in our video review.

Review: Wide Blue Sound Eclipse For Kontakt

We see the word "unique" used for many instruments. But Eclipse from Wide Blue Sound really deserves that term. Using an "orbital synthesis engine", Eclipse offers huge sounds and a fresh concept.

Review: Antelope Audio Orion Studio Thunderbolt & USB Audio Interface

For many pro producers, Antelope Audio will be well known for audio devices with excellent clocking and sound quality. Matt Vanacoro puts their USB & Thunderbolt Orion Studio interface to the test.

Exploring Sample Logic CinemorphX for Kontakt

Where sound design meets music is the tag line for Sample Logic, and their massive CinemorphX instrument more than does it justice. Here's a video tutorial exploring how it works and how it can sound.

Review: Yamaha Montage, The King of All Synthesizers?

The successor of the Yamaha Motif music production synthesizer, Yamaha Montage, provides deep sound design possibilities, incredible control & power & satisfying sounds. Watch our video review here.