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: 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?

Review: Capo 3 and Capo Touch

If you want to learn new music more quickly and more accurately than ever before and you have a Mac and/or iOS device, then Capo 3 and Capo Touch could be just what you didn't know you needed.

5 Tips to Make the Most of Your UAD Plug-In System

Whether you're recording or mixing, Universal Audio's UAD plugin system not only provides excellent sounding plugins, but also dedicated DSP to host them! Here's some tips to make them work better!

Review: Apogee Ensemble, Thunderbolt 2 Edition

The original Apogee Ensemble was a huge hit, so how will the Ensemble Thunderbolt 2 edition fare? Matt Vanacoro finds it quiet, with tons of features and plenty of gain. In short it's a WIN!

Top 5 Tips For Getting The Most Out of Reaktor

Got Native Instruments' Reaktor? Get ahead with these extremely useful Reaktor tips from Matt Vanacoro.

Creating Realistic Drum Sounds With Logic Pro's Drum Kit Designer

In five simple steps, Logic maestro, Matt Vanacoro, shows how to create a realistic sounding drum kit and pattern using Logic Pro X's Drum Kit Designer.

Review: M-Audio M-Track Eight

An 8-in, 8-out audio interface for under $400? M-Audio's new M-Track Eight comes bundled with Cubase LE, has XLR combos for all channels with Octane preamps. But does it make the grade? We find out.

Review: JamHub TourBus

JamHub TourBus helps you practice, rehearse, record and reflect on your musical performance. Matt Vanacoro put the JamHub to the test in a music school for a month and shares his findings here.

Review: Native Instruments Kontour

Every synth plug-in claims to be different from the rest. But how many actually deliver? Matt Vanacoro puts Native Instruments' Kontour Reaktor ensemble to the test and has lots of fun!

Video Review: Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt

How can Universal Audio improve upon their successful UAD-2 Satellite? Does adding a Thunderbolt connection, making it smaller, lighter and faster equate to better? We find out in our video review.

Review: Audiofile Engineering Loop Editor 2

Since Apple pulled their Apple Loops Utility, there's been a void in the area of easy custom loop creation for Logic and all other DAWs. Does Audiofile Engineering's Loop Editor fill the gap?

Review: Perc+

Looking for a library of unique, well-sampled, leftfield percussive sounds? Chriss Ons' new Perc+ looks to fill that niche as Matt Vanacoro discovers in this review.

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.