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.

Articles by Matt Vanacoro

/ 320 Articles

Review: Kurzweil Forte

The Kurzweil Forte features well-designed sounds, an easy to use interface and a useful LCD screen. But does this make it the king of electronic pianos? Matt Vanacoro finds out in this video review.

Review: Fostex PX-6 Monitors

The sub $1,000 per pair monitor category is heating up, and that's great for the consumer. Matt Vanacoro investigates how the Fostex PX-6 monitors stack up in this full review.

Review: Eventide UltraReverb

If you get excited by the arrival of new reverb plug-ins then you're in the right place! Matt Vanacoro explores what Eventide's UltraReverb has to offer that sets it out from the crowd.

Review: UAD Tonelux Tilt EQ and Valley People Dyna-mite Dynamics Processor

Tonelux Tilt EQ & Valley People Dyna-mite from Softube and Universal Audio have been in the testing labs here at AskAudio... and here's Matt Vanacoro's verdict of these plug-ins for the UAD platform.

Review: Heavyocity Master Sessions: Ensemble Drums

Does Ensemble Drums from the Heavyocity Master Sessions series continue their trend of making larger than life sounds for Kontakt users? Matt Vanacoro finds out that "big" doesn't describe them at all

Review: Samson Resolv RXA6 Monitors

Tone-shaping near field studio monitors for under $250 each? Find out if Samson’s Resolv RXA6 monitors hit the sweet spot at this price.

4 Essential Tempo Tips for Pro Tools Users

Whether you think about it or not, working with tempo is something you're doing every time you work in Pro Tools. Here are 4 excellent tempo tips to help you stay in time in your sessions.

Review: Pianoteq 5

Could this be the most impressive and realistic sounding piano instrument ever... that doesn't require you to buy a new hard drive to fit it all on? Matt Vanacoro puts PianoTeq 5 under the microscope.

Music Production Know-How: Dithering Demystified

When you need to render or mix down your project to a stereo file in your DAW, going from 24-bit to 16-bit, you'll come across dithering options. Matt Vanacoro explains what it is and when to use it.

Review: Nord Lead A1 Synth

With a unique oscillator section, a big sound, quality keyboard and enormous potential for sound designers and performers, the Nord Lead A1 synth is likely to appeal to most of us out of the box.

Review: Sonokinetic Grosso

With over 36,000 samples taking up a whopping 35 gigabytes, Sonokinetic's Grosso is an orchestral and choral phrase generator for Kontakt which aims to be as realistic as it gets. Does it succeed?

Review: Alesis Vortex Wireless Keytar

There's normally two camps at music school: guitars and keyboards. But what happens when the two worlds collide? Alesis feel this would bring reason for a keytar, and a wireless one at that!

Review: Kemper Profiling Amplifier

Looking for an amp simulation that'll blow you away with its pristine audio quality, modelled amps and cabinets and excellent presets? Matt Vanacoro finds out if Kemper's offering does the trick.

How to Shoot a Live Music Performance in 10 Easy Steps

Shooting a band using multiple cameras with multi tracked audio is within everyone's grasp now. Matt Vanacoro, master musician, photographer and trainer, shows you how.

8 Essential Steps for Mastering in Pro Tools

Once your mix is finished you may decide to practice the dark art of mastering yourself. Interested? Then this tutorial by Matt Vanacoro will guide you safely through the process.