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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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.

The Top 7 Things We Saw at AES 2015

At AES 2015 in New York Matt Vanacoro of Ask.Audio caught up with some of the most interesting exhibitors showing their latest and greatest audio production hardware and software.

Review: Sonible frei:raum, A Smart & Revolutionary EQ

frei:raum from Sonible is NOT just another EQ plugin. It is a completely fresh take on what EQs can do with automated ‘smart’ EQ and entropy EQ which is a control freak’s dream too. Read more...

Video Review: Wireless Headset Microphones - Shure vs Countryman vs DPA

When choosing the right headset microphone, one of the most important aspects is capturing the voice well without noisy environments. This video review pits DPA, Countryman & Shure against each other.

Review: Blue Bottle Rocket Mic Locker

If you'd like a studio condenser microphone with a raft of interchangeable capsules for a multitude of possible sounds when recording, then Blue Mic's Bottle Rocket Mic Locker might be for you.

Top 4 iOS Apps for Vocalists

There's an iOS app for every type of musician, DJ and producer out there. The same is true for vocalists. So, here's a neat roundup of four worthy apps every vocalist should check out.

Review: Yamaha Reface YC

Looking for a portable synth with excellent organ sounds, built-in speakers which is fun to play and perform with? Then look no further than Yamaha's reface YC. Find out more in our video review.

Review: Sequential Prophet 6

Does the new Dave Smith Instruments / Sequential Prophet 6 analog synth sound vintage and feel professional? Matt Vanacoro finds out on this review, with a video on how to program oscillator 1 too.

Review: Heavyweights of Wireless Handheld Microphones: DPA vs Shure vs Sennheiser vs Sony

Choosing a wireless handheld microphone isn't easy. There's lots to consider. Matt Vanacoro puts the DPA d:facto, Shure GLX-D, Sennheiser EW D1-835 & Sony UWP-D16/30 in the ring to slug it out.

Music Theory Tips : Advanced Modes

Now that you're more familiar with most major and minor modes, Matt Vanacoro wants to introduce two "advanced" modes, Phrygian and Locrian, which can be rewarding but risky to use.

Video Review: Yamaha Reface DX

How well does this portable, 4-operator FM additive synth with integrated looper and mini-keys perform? Find out in this video review by Matt Vanacoro.