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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Review: LayR, The New King of Synths For iPad & iPhone?

Can a $20 iPad synth really sound as big and impressive as something costing much more? Matt Vanacoro set out to discover the truth... and was pleasantly surprised.

Choosing The Right Sampler: Top 5 Sampler Shootout

Stumped by samplers? Confused by choice? Matt Vanacoro is here to guide you through some of the very best virtual samplers he has ever used.

Review: UVI Digital Synsations 2

Those who remember the 90s will recognise some of these classic synths. Matt Vanacoro finds there's almost no limit to how many he wants to stack together...

Make Better Beats With These Syncopation Concepts

Understanding syncopation can be the key to making more interesting and more human-sounding beats. Matt Vanacoro explains why.

Review: Simply Sound SS1 Preamp

A pocket-sized preamp that can add up to 25dB of gain without raising the noise floor sounds too good to be true, right? Maybe not...

Review: Universal Audio UAD 9.1 New Plug-Ins

This update to UAD's platform brings some new goodies, tweaks and upgrades to the party. Matt Vanacoro finds out what's inside...

Review: Heavyocity NOVO

The perfect string ensemble library is something many producers dream of. Have virtual instrument specialists Heavyocity nailed it with NOVO?

Focusrite Clarett OctoPre Review

Focusrite's iconic gear can be found in studios the world over and is known for its amazing quality. So what did Matt Vanacoro make of the new OctoPre?

Review: UVI Rotary, Ultimate Tonal Revolution?

UVI tells us their Rotary effect plugin is a modern emulation of the classic rotary speaker effect, delivering deep controls and wide-ranging tonal possibilities. Matt Vanacoro puts it to the test.

5 Reaktor Synths You Should Know About

There are many fine add-on synths created for Reaktor, but did you know about these five great models that come as part of the standard Reaktor library?

Review: Yamaha Montage 1.5

Yamaha's powerful Montage operating system has had an update, adding cool new features like Auto Beat Sync. Matt Vanacoro put it through its paces.

Music Theory: Beyond 7th Chords - Utilizing Complex Harmonies

Matt Vanacoro shares his many years of musical experience to offer an insight into how going beyond 7th chords can add a new layer to your playing.

Do You Need Lots Of Money To Make A Good Album? A Response To Stevie Nicks

Every month there's stories on the demise of music, the quality of music, or, in this case, the futility of making an album. Stevie Nicks has given an interesting opinion. Matt Vanacoro investigates.

Review: Antelope Audio Goliath Audio Interface

Antelope Audio makes some great high-end recording and mixing gear, but would the Goliath live up to its name, and corresponding price tag? Matt Vanacoro found out...

Review: Universal Audio Apollo Twin MK2

We loved UAD's Apollo Twin, so how could they make it any better? Why, by doubling the DSP power of course! Matt Vanacoro put it to the test.