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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6 Top DAWs And What Each One Does Best

Everyone has their preferred DAW, but when you strip out personal factors, what is each one actually best at? Matt Vanacoro breaks it down.

4 Useful Chord Techniques For Non-Keyboard Playing Producers

Whether you're an experienced keyboard player or just beginning to learn your way around the keys, here are 4 chord techniques that will serve you well when playing and recording.

Review: Zero-G Psychoacoustics

Blurring the boundaries between instrument and sound design, Zero-G's Psychoacoustics is an innovative electro acoustic sound design Kontakt instrument.

Review: Voices Of Opera

Impeccable samples, well-scripted velocity layers and more make up this whopping 40GB sample-based instrument focusing on operatic voices. Matt Vanacoro took it for a spin.

5 Reasons To Switch To Nuendo 10 For Audio Post Production

Steinberg's flagship post production suite shares much DNA with Cubase but in many ways it's a very different beast. Here's why it should be on your shopping list.

Review : Universal Audio v9.9 Software Update And Plugins

With numerous fixes and two completely new, gorgeous-sounding DSP plug-ins, UAD's latest software update is a must-have for new and existing users. Matt Vanacoro explains why.

Review: Positive Grid Bias FX 2

The latest guitar modelling suite for Mac and PC from Positive Grid - Bias FX 2 - is a powerhouse of sonic wizardry. But would it pass Matt Vanacoro's strict standards?

Review: Sample Logic Modern Animated Percussion

Sample Logic's Modern Animated Percussion has a multi-resolution sequencer, insanely useful randomizer, a ton of content... could it be the perfect tool for scoring?

Review: Heavyocity Scoring Bass

When is a bass more than just a guitar? When it's a full-blown sound design and scoring instrument, as Matt Vanacoro found out with Heavyocity's Scoring Bass...

Review: Steinberg AXR4

Steinberg's high-end Thunderbolt audio interface works with any DAW but is especially tightly integrated with Cubase. Matt Vanacoro put it through its paces.

Adobe Audition : The Top 5 Things You Should Try

Adobe's wave editing package has much to recommend it to musicians and audio producers. Here, Matt Vanacoro shares 5 of his top tips for getting the most out of it.

Cleaning Checklist: Preparing Your Audio & Video Workstation

To ensure a long life and efficient performance for your music or video computer, Matt Vanacoro recommends you follow these few simple tips. Read on to find out what they are...

Review: Synthogy Ivory 2 Grand Pianos

With 81GB of samples, impressive low latency performance and stunning pianos, could Synthogy's Ivory 2 be the ultimate sampled piano collection?

Review: Big Fish Audio Ancient World: Instruments of Antiquity

Even though Matt vanacoro wasn't familiar with the Phorminx, he quickly learned that all manner of unusual and interesting world instruments could be found in this new collection.

Review: Korg Gadget 2

Korg's Gadget 2 introduces new instruments and FX as well as more DAW functionality than ever. There's a reason why it's Matt Vanacoro's favourite fun way to make music...