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.
The original Xkey made a splash in the portable controller market as a sleek, snug and elegant all-in-one MIDI keyboard. Matt Vanacoro puts its new 37-key big brother to the test.
Outside of your DAW, there's not as many options available for mastering music as there used to be. Matt Vanacoro delves into Triumph by Audiofile Engineering to see if it fills the gap.
Here's five effect and utility plug-ins that come bundled with Logic Pro X that Matt Vanacoro feels you should not overlook. Do you agree?
If you want to learn new music more quickly and more accurately than ever before and you have a Mac and/or iOS device, then Capo 3 and Capo Touch could be just what you didn't know you needed.
Whether you're recording or mixing, Universal Audio's UAD plugin system not only provides excellent sounding plugins, but also dedicated DSP to host them! Here's some tips to make them work better!
The original Apogee Ensemble was a huge hit, so how will the Ensemble Thunderbolt 2 edition fare? Matt Vanacoro finds it quiet, with tons of features and plenty of gain. In short it's a WIN!
Got Native Instruments' Reaktor? Get ahead with these extremely useful Reaktor tips from Matt Vanacoro.
In five simple steps, Logic maestro, Matt Vanacoro, shows how to create a realistic sounding drum kit and pattern using Logic Pro X's Drum Kit Designer.
An 8-in, 8-out audio interface for under $400? M-Audio's new M-Track Eight comes bundled with Cubase LE, has XLR combos for all channels with Octane preamps. But does it make the grade? We find out.
JamHub TourBus helps you practice, rehearse, record and reflect on your musical performance. Matt Vanacoro put the JamHub to the test in a music school for a month and shares his findings here.
Every synth plug-in claims to be different from the rest. But how many actually deliver? Matt Vanacoro puts Native Instruments' Kontour Reaktor ensemble to the test and has lots of fun!
How can Universal Audio improve upon their successful UAD-2 Satellite? Does adding a Thunderbolt connection, making it smaller, lighter and faster equate to better? We find out in our video review.
Since Apple pulled their Apple Loops Utility, there's been a void in the area of easy custom loop creation for Logic and all other DAWs. Does Audiofile Engineering's Loop Editor fill the gap?
Looking for a library of unique, well-sampled, leftfield percussive sounds? Chriss Ons' new Perc+ looks to fill that niche as Matt Vanacoro discovers in this review.
Electronic Music doesn't need to obey a 4/4 time signature. And the same can be said of music hardware controllers too. Here's how to use non-standard meters with Native Instruments' Maschine.
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