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.
A pocket sized guitar FX processor that models both amps and pedals and is insanely portable must surely be on many guitarists' wish lists. Matt Vanacoro checks out the Hotone Xtomp Mini.
Could adding this small but powerful device to your hardware rig really improve clarity, latency and audio performance? Matt Vanacoro road tests the Black Lion Audio MicroClock MK3.
This advanced touch-sensitive control surface works at a far higher resolution than a regular MIDI controller, and is also suitable for artistic applications. What's not to like?
Modifying your audio gear can be a great way to make it perform to an even higher standard than it already does. Matt Vanacoro found out what Black Lion Audio could do to supercharge his Apollo 8.
Bringing together a bunch of tools that can help you write and develop songs, Writer's Session offers most of its functions for free and lives on your iOS device. Matt Vanacoro checked it out.
KRFT from Studio Amplify is a multi-talented application that brings a whole new perspective on music creation and sequencing. Matt Vanacoro took it for a test drive...
Steinberg hired some of the developers behind Sibelius to work on its very own dedicated notation application. But what did Matt Vanacoro think of Dorico?
In the second part of his series on practicing for musicians, Matt Vanacoro discusses the importance of understanding speed, consistency and routine to help you improve your playing skills.
Costing a third as much as a MOTIF but with many of the flagship sounds, Matt Vanacoro asks - just how has Yamaha crammed all this into such a lightweight workstation, the MX88?
Match EQ tools are incredibly useful for quickly applying the same treatment to multiple files. Here, we go head to head with three of the best from Apple, Fabfilter and iZotope.
Practicing your instrument can sometimes seem like a chore, but by changing your approach and identifying goals you can make it more enjoyable, and achieve more as well.
Thanks to the new Dashboard app, it's now easier than ever to connect your ROLI Blocks to Ableton Live or indeed any other DAW. Matt Vanacoro shows you how it's done.
Did you know there are over 100 models of hardware drum sampler out there? Why not save tracking them all down by simply getting this excellent new beatbox instrument, Beatbox Anthology 2, from UVI.
This faithful recreation of a rare Japanese classic synthesizer pushes all of Matt Vanacoro's buttons. What do you make of the UVI UVX80?
If you haven't ever seen anything quite like the Expressive E Touché MIDI Controller before, you're not alone. Matt Vanacoro explores this highly adept and unique-looking MIDI controller device.
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