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.
RME's latest pro audio interface is a triumph of engineering and performance. Plus it looks pretty cool to boot. Matt Vanacoro found there was much to love about the Babyface Pro...
A $2600 bundle for just $399 sounds too good to be true, right? But sometimes miracles do happen as Matt Vanacoro found when he checked out the gargantuan UVI Vintage Vault 2 collection.
Keyboard players don't always have a guitarist on speed dial to lay down some tracks for them. Here's how you can fake it with keyboards, and get away with it!
UAD brings yet more goodies to the table with its latest 9.3 software update. Matt Vanacoro tests it out and lets you know how he got on with these new and varied plug-ins.
A pocket sized guitar FX processor that models both amps and pedals and is insanely portable must surely be on many guitarists' wish lists. Matt Vanacoro checks out the Hotone Xtomp Mini.
Could adding this small but powerful device to your hardware rig really improve clarity, latency and audio performance? Matt Vanacoro road tests the Black Lion Audio MicroClock MK3.
This advanced touch-sensitive control surface works at a far higher resolution than a regular MIDI controller, and is also suitable for artistic applications. What's not to like?
Modifying your audio gear can be a great way to make it perform to an even higher standard than it already does. Matt Vanacoro found out what Black Lion Audio could do to supercharge his Apollo 8.
Bringing together a bunch of tools that can help you write and develop songs, Writer's Session offers most of its functions for free and lives on your iOS device. Matt Vanacoro checked it out.
KRFT from Studio Amplify is a multi-talented application that brings a whole new perspective on music creation and sequencing. Matt Vanacoro took it for a test drive...
Steinberg hired some of the developers behind Sibelius to work on its very own dedicated notation application. But what did Matt Vanacoro think of Dorico?
In the second part of his series on practicing for musicians, Matt Vanacoro discusses the importance of understanding speed, consistency and routine to help you improve your playing skills.
Costing a third as much as a MOTIF but with many of the flagship sounds, Matt Vanacoro asks - just how has Yamaha crammed all this into such a lightweight workstation, the MX88?
Match EQ tools are incredibly useful for quickly applying the same treatment to multiple files. Here, we go head to head with three of the best from Apple, Fabfilter and iZotope.
Practicing your instrument can sometimes seem like a chore, but by changing your approach and identifying goals you can make it more enjoyable, and achieve more as well.
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