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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The Top 4 DAWs for iPad Today

It's not hot news anymore when we realize that Apple's iPad is now powerful enough to run a dedicated DAW. So, which DAW iOS app is the best around? Here are our top four choices...

Review: IK Multimedia iRig 2

When iRig was released it became the standard for recording guitar into your iOS device. And now there's iRig 2. Matt Vanacoro finds out what improvements have been made to this second edition.

Akai Pro Advance Keyboards In-Depth Preview (Video)

At an exclusive Akai Advance event in New York City, Matt Vanacoro and Steve H, representing AskAudio Mag, were invited to get hands-on with the upcoming Akai Advance smart MIDI controller keyboards.

How to Sample EXS24 Instruments Using Autosampler (MainStage and Logic Pro)

When Apple bought Redmatica we wondered when the EXS24 would include AutoSampler in Logic Pro. Instead, AutoSampler is included with MainStage 3.1. Creating sampler instruments just got a lot easier!

Apple Watch: 5 Useful Apps for Musicians

It's only been on Matt Vanacoro's wrist a matter of two days, but he's already discovered a potentially promising Apple Watch app ecosystem for musicians. Here's his top 5 Apple Watch Apps out now.

Review: Focusrite ISA Two Preamp

Hot on the heels of the hugely popular ISA One, Focusrite has now released the two-channel ISA Two. I used it for a week in my studio and was not surprised at all that I loved the results.

Review: Output Signal Synth

Fresh of the back of their unique and successful REV Kontakt instrument, Output have released Signal, an incredible "pulse" synth with an equally impressive GUI and sound palette.

Music Production Tips: Arranging, Virtual Instruments & Your CPU

What's the best computer for music software? How can you run your Mac/PC's CPU more efficiently when recording or mixing music? Matt Vanacoro seeks to answer the most-asked producer question ever...

Using Hardware Synths in a Virtual Environment

It's official, using hardware synths is über cool. But at some stage you're going to want to hook them up, sync them, record them, mix them in your software-based DAW. Matt Vanacoro shows how.

Review: Mutronics Mutator by Softube

If you're looking for a great sounding, easy to use, CPU efficient filter plug-in that recreates an historic piece of gear, then Softube's Mutronics Mutator is for you! Matt Vanacoro checks it out.

Review: UAD v8.0: Apollo Expanded & Console 2.0

One of the biggest announcements at NAMM 2015 was Universal Audio's UAD v8.0, featuring Apollo Expanded & Console 2.0. There's lots inside and Matt Vanacoro got down and dirty with the update.

Review: Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 3

If you need to make gentle fixes to the timing of your vocal tracks, severely tighten the timing or pitch, or create realistic double tracks from one performance, then Revoice Pro 3 is for you.

Review: CME Xkey 37

The original Xkey made a splash in the portable controller market as a sleek, snug and elegant all-in-one MIDI keyboard. Matt Vanacoro puts its new 37-key big brother to the test.

Review: Audiofile-Engineering Triumph, Mastering for Everyone

Outside of your DAW, there's not as many options available for mastering music as there used to be. Matt Vanacoro delves into Triumph by Audiofile Engineering to see if it fills the gap.

Top 5 Logic Pro Factory Plugins You Should Be Using

Here's five effect and utility plug-ins that come bundled with Logic Pro X that Matt Vanacoro feels you should not overlook. Do you agree?