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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Four of The Best Drum Replacement Tools

Ever want to swap out the snare or hijack the hihats in your drum tracks? Here's four (well, five actually) drum replacement tools every producer should know about.

Music Theory: Reading a Lead Sheet

Lead sheets aren’t just for jazz players these days! Whatever type of music you might play or produce, the lead sheet is an extremely common way to notate a piece in a small amount of space.

The iOS Music Studio Toolkit: What You Need

As iPhones and iPads become more powerful and the apps more capable here's the essential gear needed to turn your iOS device in the heart of a powerful music production studio.

Review: UpbeatMusicApp - The Simple Way To Have Virtual Concerts

Imagine having virtual concerts with fully synchronous rehearsals, useful tools for musicians without needing an engineering degree or pro equipment to set up... welcome to UpbeatMusicApp.

The Top 5 Non-Musical Items Every Home Music Studio Needs

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.

TC Electronic Master X HD-DT Native Review

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.

Review: GeoShred Pro 5.1 + SWAM

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.

Acoustic Samples B5 v3 Review

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.

Review: Arturia V Collection 8

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.

How to Clean Up Audio Recorded On Your Phone

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.

Roland Fantom 8 Keyboard Workstation Review

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.

Review: TC Electronic Brickwall HD Native DT

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.

Review: UVI Shade: Creative Filter & EQ

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.

Roland Zenology Review

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.

5 Quantizing Tips: Getting On the Beat in Logic Pro

Pro musician, producer and trainer, Matt Vanacoro, shares his top 5 quantizing tips for fellow Logic Pro producers. And these go beyond MIDI.