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.
Beyond synthesizers, audio interfaces, monitors, musical instruments and the like, the home music studio can benefit from a varied range of non-musical equipment. Here's five essentials to consider.
Last month we reviewed the TC Electronics Brickwall Limiter. This month Matt Vanacoro puts the Master X HD multiband dynamics processing plug-in and HD-DT controller through its paces.
GeoShred 5.1 for iPad was impressive before, but how does it appeal to musicians after the SWAM update now that six world-class instruments from Audio Modeling are available? Find out here.
The Acoustic Samples B5 v3 is a stunning Leslie virtual instrument with an incredible amount of flexibility and control. Matt Vanacoro puts it through its paces.
Arturia's V Collection is expanding year on year. Matt Vanacoro digs deep into the impressive collection of 28 historic, classic synth and instrument emulartions.
You're just finishing recording audio on your phone and boom, the doorbell goes, or some other such unwanted happening. Or perhaps the backgrond noise was quite high. Here's what you can do about it.
Does the new Roland Fantom 8 drop a marker for other keyboard synth workstation makers to measure up to? Matt Vanacoro finds out and discovers there's some futuristic features inside.
When TC Electronic's excellent Brickwall HD plug-in is paired with its hardware controller, it doesn't just lead to a more convenient mastering audio workflow but encourages experimentation too.
UVI says Shade is a next-gen Swiss Army knife filtering tool that shatters the boundaries of conventional EQ. Matt Vanacoro finds there's lots to love with this audio plugin.
If you've dreamed of gettign the sounds and editing capabilties of the Roland Jupiter X and Fantom synths without the hardware and keyboard then Zenology is going to grab you.
Pro musician, producer and trainer, Matt Vanacoro, shares his top 5 quantizing tips for fellow Logic Pro producers. And these go beyond MIDI.
Matt Vanacoro puts Finegear's Dust Collector to the test to find out whether it's a go-to hardware FX machine or whether it will indeed collect dust in your studio.
The old running joke for musicians opening a browser window meant they weren't making music. Nowadays, there are serious DAWs that live on the net. Matt Vanacoro explores four of the best.
Fluid Audio's FX50 studio monitors are just shy of $150 each. Does the modest price reflect in the quality? Matt Vanacoro discovers just how good they really are.
Drum Replacer is a realtime, drum replacement and processing utility that separates audio components and has a sophisticated way of triggering new drum samples. Matt Vanacoro puts it to the test.
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