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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3 Tips to Help You Love Practicing Your Musical Instrument

Jamming with a band or playing a gig are what often excites many musicians. Practicing? Less so! But it's very important. These 3 tips will help you to love practicing playing your musical instrument.

6 Features in GarageBand 2.1 for iOS That Will Blow Your Mind

Whether these 6 new features in GarageBand 2.1 for iOS blow your mind or not there's no denying that Apple are raising the bar for music making apps on the iOS platform. We predict good times ahead.

Unleashing Your Apollo: Losing Your Fear and Recording Aggressively

Why would you consider recording with effect plug-ins applied? There's engineers out there who do so routinely. Matt Vanacoro explores why using a UA Apollo with near zero latency to good effect.

Review: Blue Lola Headphones

Blue Microphone's Mo-Fi headphones got a lot of positive feedback after passing through the Ask.Audio lab tests! So, how do the new (and more economical) Lola headphones fare? Matt Vanacoro finds out.

Review: Roli Seaboard Rise

We got hands-on with the new ROLI Seaboard RISE MIDI controller / instrument... and after extensive testing came to a conclusion that surprised us. Watch the video and read the review here.

Review: FuzzMeasure 4 By SuperMegaUltraGroovy Measures Acoustic Room Response

If you do any mixing or production it's important to understand the best way to acoustically treat the room you use. That's where FuzzMeasure 4 comes in, helping you to make decisions from real data.

Review: Sonnox Restore Mixing Plugin Suite

Comprising a DeClicker, DeBuzzer, and a DeNoiser, the Sonnox Restore suite is as handy for audio restoration as it is for mixing and other creative audio pursuits. Matt Vanacoro put them to the test.

Review: Geoshred for iOS

Jordan Rudess' Wizdom Music and MoForte have partnered up to create something rather special: GeoShred. This app is super fun to play, highly-addictive and innovative. Find out why in the full review.

4 iZotope Ozone 7 Mastering Tips

There are a few software options for mastering, and one of the very best and most popular is iZotope's Ozone. Now up to version 7 we take a look at 4 mastering tips Ozone 7 users should know about.

Six Things to Consider Before Hiring a Recording Studio

When you next rent a recording studio it pays to ask a few questions first so that you can concentrate on the music side of things when you get there and leave the other stuff to the studio.

Getting Started With Reaktor Blocks

If you're feeling overwhelmed by Reaktor's plethora of scripting & programming options, then Blocks might be your saviour. Matt Vanacoro presents a quick and easy guide to getting started with Blocks.

Programming a Keyboard: The First 5 Steps

A new, or old, synth workstation keyboard can be a little daunting to get your head around... Here's some useful tips on how to program a music keyboard in 5 simple steps.

Review: Positive Grid Bias Pedal

Is Positive Grid's BIAS Pedal a must-buy for guitarists? Matt Vanacoro puts metal to the pedal to find out in this video review.

Review: Apple iPad Pro - The Ultimate Tablet for Music Makers?

With the Microsoft Surface Book taking aim at musicians and producers, we were curious to see how the new bigger, better, faster iPad Pro fares in the battle for the hearts and minds of music makers.

Review: Arturia KeyLab 88

If you're looking for beautifully constructed 88-key MIDI controller with a quiet keybed, excellent included software and a large soundset, then you might be in luck with the Arturia KeyLab 88.