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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Review: NextDrive Spectra

Adding a dedicated DAC to your listening device can make a world of difference when it comes to audio quality. We couldn't wait to try out the sleek new Spectra from NextDrive.

Pro Tools and Logic Pro's Best Kept Secret: Session Data

What if you could move whole bunches of settings between sessions easily with just a few clicks? Actually you can, as Matt Vanacoro reveals.

Review: HEDD Type 07 Studio Monitors

We checked out HEDD's new Type 07 studio monitors at NAMM but couldn't wait to try a pair for ourselves. Here's what we discovered.

Choosing The Right Synth Engine in Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X has a wealth of synths bundled with it, but they all have their own unique character and potential uses. Matt Vanacoro sheds some light on exactly what those are.

Review: BandLab, Cloud-Based DAW That Could Change Everything

If you thought that online DAWs were a pale imitation of the real thing, BandLab may very well be the one that makes you change your mind.

Review: IK iRig Pro Duo

Making music on the move is more popular than ever. We checked out IK Multimedia's latest mobile-friendly audio and MIDI interface.

5 Tried and Tested Tips to Help Musicians Prepare for a Terrific Gig

There are always things you can do to better prepare yourself for a live performance. Here are some top tips to help you be the best you can.

Building a Korg Synth With LittleBits

Follow Matt Vanacoro as he tries his hand at building a Korg hardware synth for the first time using LittleBits.

Review: Samplitude Pro X3

Samplitude Pro X3 may not be the best known Windows DAW, but could it actually be one of the best performers?

Review: IK Multimedia Modo Bass

Spoiler alert: The new Modo Bass from IK Multimedia is an incredibly good physical modeling bass instrument. The sound is excellent and it has a high level of tonal flexibility too.

GeoShred v2.0 Review

The award-winning GeoShred musical instrument for iPad now includes MIDI/MPE support. Check out our full review with video showcasing the new features.

Review: Arturia MiniLab MK2

The new Arturia MiniLab MKII has an attractive sub $100 price point. But does this uber-portable and ultra small music controller perform as classily as it looks? We find out in the video review.

Orchestration Tips: Making Horns Sound Real in Kontakt

If you're going for great-sounding realistic horns in your productions, Matt Vanacoro is here to share tips on how to turn humdrum horns into something more inspiring.

4 Keyboard Drumming Techniques for Producers

Playing drum patterns on your MIDI keyboard need not be a drag. Here's four quick tips to help you get the rhythms in your head to your tracks.

Review: UVI World Suite

Spanning 28 GB and many instruments, styles and cultures from all corners of the globe, UVI's World Suite is a carefully sampled and presented ethnic instrument library. Is it the best on offer?