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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Review: Antelope Audio Zen Tour

Antelope Audio suggest their new Zen Tour could be the new King of portable audio interfaces. Matt Vanacoro takes a closer look and puts its claims to the test. Spoiler alert: It very well might be!

Review: UAD 8.7 Release

Matt Vanacoro got hands on with the new UAD 8.7 software and put the two new plugins, plus the re-introduction of the Roland emulators too.

ROLI Seaboard Rise and Equator: Three Programming Tips

If you've taken the plunge into the brave new world of the ROLI Seaboard keyboard (but not a keyboard) instrument along with the impressive Equator software, then this tutorial is for you.

Review: Cinematic Guitars Organic Atmospheres

Want an inspiring sound library for sound design, film & game scores and effects and useful for music productions with a lot of customisation options? Welcome to Cinematic Guitars Organic Atmospheres.

Review: Avantone Pro MP1 Mixphone Headphones

Mixing on headphones? Most mixing engineers will laugh at the idea. So how do Avantone's Pro MP1 Mixphone headphones, designed for mixing, fare? We put them to the test with interesting results.

Picking The Perfect UAD Reverb Plugin

With so many quality plug-ins available in the UAD ecosystem, don't get stuck choosing the right reverb. Matt Vanacoro suggest his top 7 reverb processors for specific production tasks.

Review: Apogee One for Mac

The 3rd version of Apogee's popular ONE audio interface with built-in microphone is now available and with a few extra cables removed, the price has come down nicely too. Matt Vanacoro checks it out.

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.