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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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.

Review: Universal Audio UAD 8.3 Update

With three brand new plug-ins and new presets for Precision Mix Rack Collection, the new update for UAD 8.3 is focused entirely on sound. Matt Vanacoro puts the three plug-ins to the test.

Music Theory Tips : Using the First Two Minor Modes

Having explored what modes are and ways to utilise the major modes, Matt Vanacoro now turns his attention to the first two minor modes in this series on music theory.

Review: Yamaha Reface CP

The Yamaha Reface CP features a vintage keyboard sound engine with six detailed vintage keyboard types. Matt Vanacoro puts all six to the test in this video review.

5 Steps to Getting Started With Native Instruments Kontakt

Kontakt has become one of the most popular and respected software samplers for modern musicians. If you're relatively new to Kontakt then these 5 steps will get you up and running in no time.

Review: Sample Logic Gamelan

Sample Logic's Gamelan is more than well-recorded samples from Skywalker Sound Studios... fusing the best of synthetic and acoustic and combined with the step animator, Gamelan is something special.

Review: Yamaha reface CS

Is the new virtual analog engine powered Yamaha reface CS synth as small, fast, portable, and excellent sounding a synth as Yamaha hope it will be? Matt Vanacoro finds out in this video review.

Review: Focusrite Clarett 8pre Audio Interface

Focusrite are well known for their high-end, professional audio interfaces. The new Clarett range promises clarity, virtually no noise, and AIR preamp modeling settings. Matt Vanacoro tests the 8pre.

UAD Modulation Plugin Shootout: MXR vs Roland RE-201 vs Boss CE-1

Modulation plug-ins can help provide movement and interest in your mixes. Matt Vanacoro looks at 3 UAD options: Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble, Roland RE-201 Space Echo Tape Delay & MXR Flanger/Doubler.

Review: Digital Performer 9

MOTU's Digital Performer is one of the big players in the world of Digital Audio Workstations. Matt Vanacoro puts version 9’s many useful, new features to the test and discovers there's lots to like.