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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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.

Video Review: Finegear Dust Collector Multi-FX Machine

Matt Vanacoro puts Finegear's Dust Collector to the test to find out whether it's a go-to hardware FX machine or whether it will indeed collect dust in your studio.

The Top 4 Browser Based DAWs

The old running joke for musicians opening a browser window meant they weren't making music. Nowadays, there are serious DAWs that live on the net. Matt Vanacoro explores four of the best.

Review: Fluid Audio FX50 Monitors

Fluid Audio's FX50 studio monitors are just shy of $150 each. Does the modest price reflect in the quality? Matt Vanacoro discovers just how good they really are.

Review: UVI Drum Replacer

Drum Replacer is a realtime, drum replacement and processing utility that separates audio components and has a sophisticated way of triggering new drum samples. Matt Vanacoro puts it to the test.

Sample Logic Trailer Xpressions 3 Review

The 3rd edition of Trailer Xpressions focuses on one shot hits & fx combined with ambient vocals, harmonic textures, drones and atmospheres. Matt Vanacoro puts it to the test.

Native Instruments Komplete 13: The Instruments Review

Well, Komplete 13 is finally here and it’s a doozy... or is it? Matt Vanacoro digs right in to this super-comprehensive collection of tools for producers, sound designers and composers.

2 Basic Audio Concepts Most Producers Are Afraid to Ask About

When it comes to producting music, audio or anything in the sound domain there's a couple of concepts which many producers find to be head scratchers.

Review: Audio Design Desk

There are some audio for video tasks that are not entirely suited to in a regular DAW. Enter Audio Design Desk for foley and sound work.

Review: Steinberg Dorico 3.5

With its new interface, VST expression maps and other excellent features, Matt Vanacoro puts Steinberg's Dorico 3.5 professional notation software to the test.

How To Immediately Get Started With Auto-Tune

In this short series, master musician Matt Vanacoro takes us through the basics of getting started using Auto-Tune with some helpful tips and tricks veteran producers will find useful too.

5 Easy Steps to Live Looping in Logic Pro X

Live Looping gives Logic users access to cell-based production and live performance possibilities, similar to Ableton Live and Bitwig Studio. Matt Vanacoro shows how easy it is to get started.

How Universal Audio's Luna Works With Console: UAD Effects and Inputs

For existing UA Console and Universal Audio plug-in users, Luna provides a step up. Matt Vanacoro shows how this powerful music recording software can streamline your studio workflow.

Creating a Virtual Performance in 4 Easy Steps

Understanding how to create an incredible remote, collaborative, virtual musical performance is as relevant now as it was in the midst of the Covid pandemic. Matt Vanacoro shows us how.