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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Getting Started With Odd Meters in Maschine

Electronic Music doesn't need to obey a 4/4 time signature. And the same can be said of music hardware controllers too. Here's how to use non-standard meters with Native Instruments' Maschine.

Review: UAD 7.11 Software Update

With the UAD 7.11 software update, Universal Audio plug-in users were treated to 4 new plug-ins that are quite unique. I ran them through the gauntlet on my latest project and here’s what I found.

Review: Editors Keys SL600 USB Microphone

USB microphones often get bad press for being... well USB. So Matt Vanacoro was pleased to discover how the SL6000 USB proved to be versatile and good-sounding for voice over applications.

Review: Zoom iQ6 iOS Mic

Looking for a highly portable microphone to chuck on to your iPhone and transform it into an excellent field recorder? Zoom's iQ6 could be just what you're looking for. Matt Vanacoro gets recording.

Creating Default Templates For Your DAW for Maximum Awesomeness

No matter how quick you are with shortcuts, setting up your DAW with a custom default template is bound to quicken your creative workflow. Matt Vanacoro shows you how in Ableton, Logic & Pro Tools.

Review: Waves Codex

Waves new synth, Codex, promises a new paradigm of sound generation, wavetable and subtractive synthesis elements, and a very clean sound. Does it deliver? Matt Vanacoro digs deep and finds out.

Review: Kurzweil Forte

The Kurzweil Forte features well-designed sounds, an easy to use interface and a useful LCD screen. But does this make it the king of electronic pianos? Matt Vanacoro finds out in this video review.

Review: Fostex PX-6 Monitors

The sub $1,000 per pair monitor category is heating up, and that's great for the consumer. Matt Vanacoro investigates how the Fostex PX-6 monitors stack up in this full review.

Review: Eventide UltraReverb

If you get excited by the arrival of new reverb plug-ins then you're in the right place! Matt Vanacoro explores what Eventide's UltraReverb has to offer that sets it out from the crowd.

Review: UAD Tonelux Tilt EQ and Valley People Dyna-mite Dynamics Processor

Tonelux Tilt EQ & Valley People Dyna-mite from Softube and Universal Audio have been in the testing labs here at AskAudio... and here's Matt Vanacoro's verdict of these plug-ins for the UAD platform.

Review: Heavyocity Master Sessions: Ensemble Drums

Does Ensemble Drums from the Heavyocity Master Sessions series continue their trend of making larger than life sounds for Kontakt users? Matt Vanacoro finds out that "big" doesn't describe them at all

Review: Samson Resolv RXA6 Monitors

Tone-shaping near field studio monitors for under $250 each? Find out if Samson’s Resolv RXA6 monitors hit the sweet spot at this price.

4 Essential Tempo Tips for Pro Tools Users

Whether you think about it or not, working with tempo is something you're doing every time you work in Pro Tools. Here are 4 excellent tempo tips to help you stay in time in your sessions.

Review: Pianoteq 5

Could this be the most impressive and realistic sounding piano instrument ever... that doesn't require you to buy a new hard drive to fit it all on? Matt Vanacoro puts PianoTeq 5 under the microscope.

Music Production Know-How: Dithering Demystified

When you need to render or mix down your project to a stereo file in your DAW, going from 24-bit to 16-bit, you'll come across dithering options. Matt Vanacoro explains what it is and when to use it.