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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following on from his article on how modes are constructed, Matt Vanacoro explains how you can utilize the major modes in your improvisation and melodic compositions. Music theory made easy.
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