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.
Here's how using different kinds of common tones - additional notes held as part of a chord - can add an extra quality to your playing and go beyond simple chord structures.
Direct or D.I boxes are a staple of live performance and recording. Matt Vanacoro explains why it's important to choose the right one for the job.
In the decade since its invention, iOS has gone from simple to supercharged. For musicians, that has meant a change from a novelty to a serious production platform. Matt Vanacoro recaps...
400w of power and more detail than you would believe - but would Matt Vanacoro find space in his studio for the behemoths that are the Avantone Abbey Monitors?
Tracking guitars in the box is an ever more common technique for laying down guitar tracks. Matt Vanacoro shares 5 of his top tips for getting the best results possible.
These ultra portable, personal monitoring mixers offer private monitoring on the go in a range of situations. But could Matt Vanacoro have his SessionCake, and eat it?
Even if you're not already composing music to picture, Matt Vanacoro thinks Sample Logic's latest instrument will inspire you to start. It is called Trailer Xpressions, after all.
Neumann might be more usually associated with getting sound in to your system, but the KH80 DSP monitors do just the opposite. Matt Vanacoro spent a month testing them out and liked what he heard...
You can never have too many sounds when it comes to creating great scores and soundtracks, but will Dronar Cinematic Atmospheres fit the bill for Matt Vanacoro?
NI's brand new Komplete Kontrol 2 hardware and software bring a raft of updates and improvements to this powerful platform. Matt Vanacoro put it through its paces and liked what he found...
This loop-based production station from Umlaut, "Motors", is designed to let you quickly create useful looped breaks and patterns. Matt Vanacoro took it for a test drive.
If you only watch one video today (or two) we'd recommend these two showing you how cool Sample Logic's Arpology can be for sound design and patterns you'd normally not dream of making.
In the latest in his series on music theory essentials, Matt Vanacoro gives you some pointers on how best to put together a chord chart for you and those you are working with.
With IK's Synktronik out in the wild, users are beginning to tap into its huge potential for sound creation. Matt Vanacoro gives you his top tips for getting the most out of this powerful instrument.
When there's no budget for mastering or you need to pre-master to show someone what the end results are likely to be, Waves' CLA Mixdown plug-in could be just the ticket - and an affordable one.
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