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

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Review: KRFT

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...

Review: Steinberg Dorico

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?

Practicing For Musicians 201: Continuity and Speed

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.

Review: Yamaha MX88

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 Showdown

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 For Musicians 101: Goals and Efficiency

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.

Using ROLI Blocks With Ableton Live

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.

Review: UVI Beatbox Anthology 2

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.

Review: UVI UVX80, Japanese Vintage Synth Emulation

This faithful recreation of a rare Japanese classic synthesizer pushes all of Matt Vanacoro's buttons. What do you make of the UVI UVX80?

Review: Expressive E Touché MIDI Controller

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.

Review: Samson Go Mic Mobile

Audio for mobile video shooting hasn't exactly kept pace with the visual side of things. But as Matt Vanacoro discovered, Samson's Go Mic Mobile really takes things to the next level.

Review: Acousticsamples B-5 V2

Matt Vanacoro is notorious for his exacting standards when it comes to Hammond sounds and instruments. So he was pleasantly surprised to find that the Acousticsamples B-5 V2 had it all...

5 Ways to Perfect Your Live Streamed Performances

With ever more live streaming options available to musicians, here are some important tips for making sure your stream looks its best and reaches the widest audience possible.

Pro Tools to Sibelius In 5 Quick Steps

Sibelius has score editing tools that go beyond what Pro Tools can currently offer, so you may want to use both for maximum productivity. Matt Vanacoro explains how in five easy steps.

Soundbridge Preview, A Free Cloud Or App-Based DAW For The Future

It's in its infancy, but Soundbridge could be the next big thing: a local or cloud-based DAW that is, for now at least, completely free to use. Matt Vanacoro is suitably impressed.