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.

Articles by Matt Vanacoro

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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.

Music Theory Tips: Using the Major Modes in Contemporary Styles

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.

2 Ways to Solve Recording Mistakes in Logic Pro X: Overdubbing and Auto-Punch

Nobody is perfect, even you! So, when you next make a mistake when recording audio in Logic Pro X, don't give yourself a hard time. Instead these tips on overdubbing and auto-punch by Matt Vanacoro.

Review: Meris Ottobit, 500 Series Sonic Mangler, Bit Destroyer

There are plug-ins which can destroy the sonic integrity or sample bit rate of your audio signal, but Meris' Ottobit 500 series unit takes your audio into the 8-bit realm in a really pleasing way.

Review: Universal Audio Apollo 8p Audio Interface

Combining 8 acclaimed Unison preamps and onboard DSP for plug-ins, we tested the new Universal Audio Apollo 8p. Matt Vanacoro finds out if it can be a worthy addition to your studio.

Review: DPA d:facto II Vocal Mic

A wireless, handheld microphone designed for live performance is essential even in the studio. DPA's d:facto II vocal supercardiod microphone is given a full workout by Matt Vanacoro in this review.

Review: UVI Relayer, Design Unique & Creative Delay Effects

Does UVI's new Relayer delay plug-in make delay effects interesting and creative again? Matt Vanacoro taps away to find out just how good this "shapeable" delay effect can be.

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.