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: Gibson Les Paul Studio Monitors

The visual look of the new Gibson Les Paul Studio Monitors has split opinion. We love the look, just as we love marmite. So how do these sturdy monitors sound? Matt Vanacoro put them to the test.

Music Production Tutorial: Back to Basics - Bit Depth, Sample Rate, and Headroom

All modern music makers need to understand audio concepts like bit depth, sample rate and headroom so they can push your production setup to the max. Matt Vanacoro explores the basics and some.

Review: Blue Hummingbird Microphone

A studio microphone with a B1 capsule and a head that rotates180 degrees? You won't be surprised its from Blue Microphones, known for their innovative designs. How does it perform? Read the review...

Review: Korg Kronos 2 Workstation Synth

A keyboard synth workstation that will evolve? Does the Korg Kronos 2 represent a large paradigm shift in the evolution of keyboard instrument development? Matt Vanacoro finds out in our review.

Review: IK Multimedia UltraTuner for iPhone, iPad & Apple Watch

A guitar tuner for iPhone used to be a revolutionary concept. But IK Multimedia want to take this further with UltraTuner for iPhone, iPad and... Apple Watch. How does it perform? Find out below.

Review: Sample Logic Cinematic Guitars Infinity

There's no point hiding it. Our review for Sample Logic's Cinematic Guitars Infinity is very positive. The reason? CGI is one of the most impressive instruments/sample libraries we've encountered.

Music Theory Tips: Learning Modes for Improvisation and Production

If you're feeling stuck in the major, minor and pentatonic scales box when composing or playing, consider investigating modes. Matt Vanacoro explains how modes can transform your music.

Review: iZotope RX Loudness Control

iZotope RX Loudness Control is designed to meet any global standard for broadcast audio making delivering your video project painless, no matter where it is going. Matt Vanacoro gives it a twirl.

4 Useful Console 2.0 Tips for Universal Audio Apollo

Ever wonder just what tricks Universal Audio's Console 2.0 is capable of? Matt Vanacoro is on-hand to share his four favorite workflow tips for UA Apollo users.

Review: iConnectAUDIO4+

What could iConnectivity do to improve upon their already excellent MIDI interfaces? How about an audio & MIDI interface for iOS/Mac/PC? Matt Vanacoro breaks down in joy reviewing iConnectAUDIO4+.

Review: Universal Audio Apollo 8

Whether you're looking lustfully at getting onboard the UA audio interface train as a new user, or thinking about upgrading your studio, the new Apollo 8 is a head turner as Matt Vanacoro discovers.

Review: Heavyocity Gravity

The new big cinematic instrument from Heavyocity adds a staggering array of inspiring sounds to your setup. Matt Vanacoro finds out if this instrument, with its unique motion engine, will pull you in.

Review: Akai Pro Advance 49 Controller Keyboard

What do you call a MIDI controller keyboard that can maps seamlessly with 3rd-party plug-ins and makes controlling them more intuitive and easier? Intelligent? Smart? Or simply the Akai Advance?

Review: The Lowdown, a Truly Eclectic Kontakt Instrument

If you're looking for great quality sounds in an easy to use and wonderfully creative and versatile Kontakt instrument at a very low price, Modwheel's The Lowdown is going to appeal!

Electricity in Your Home Studio: Safety, Sound, and Troubleshooting

Whether building or converting a room into a music studio it's critical to consider the safety and sonic aspects of electricity. Here's how to prevent hums, buzzes and electric shocks!