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: Komplete Kontrol MK2

NI's brand new Komplete Kontrol 2 hardware and software bring a raft of updates and improvements to this powerful platform. Matt Vanacoro put it through its paces and liked what he found...

Review: Umlaut Audio Motors

This loop-based production station from Umlaut, "Motors", is designed to let you quickly create useful looped breaks and patterns. Matt Vanacoro took it for a test drive.

Out Of This World Arpeggiated & Sequenced Sounds With Arpology in Kontakt

If you only watch one video today (or two) we'd recommend these two showing you how cool Sample Logic's Arpology can be for sound design and patterns you'd normally not dream of making.

Music Theory: 4 Concepts to Consider When Creating A Chord Chart

In the latest in his series on music theory essentials, Matt Vanacoro gives you some pointers on how best to put together a chord chart for you and those you are working with.

Make The Most Out of Syntronik's Massive Synth Potential

With IK's Synktronik out in the wild, users are beginning to tap into its huge potential for sound creation. Matt Vanacoro gives you his top tips for getting the most out of this powerful instrument.

Review: Waves CLA Mixdown

When there's no budget for mastering or you need to pre-master to show someone what the end results are likely to be, Waves' CLA Mixdown plug-in could be just the ticket - and an affordable one.

Review: Antelope Audio Orion Studio HD

Antelope Audio continues to release high end audio interfaces for the discerning producer and the latest, the Orion Studio HD, has special Pro Tools features included. Matt Vanacoro explores...

Recording Dialogue And Voice Over With MetaRecorder

MetaRecorder is an iOS app that goes above and beyond what many similar audio recording apps can do. Matt Vanacoro found it changed his whole approach to recording voiceover.

Review: Alesis M1 Active MK3

Can great things really come in such small packages, and at under $100 per speaker? Matt Vanacoro was pleasantly surprised when he road tested the Alesis M1 Active MK3 monitors.

Review: RME Babyface Pro

RME's latest pro audio interface is a triumph of engineering and performance. Plus it looks pretty cool to boot. Matt Vanacoro found there was much to love about the Babyface Pro...

Review: UVI Vintage Vault 2

A $2600 bundle for just $399 sounds too good to be true, right? But sometimes miracles do happen as Matt Vanacoro found when he checked out the gargantuan UVI Vintage Vault 2 collection.

5 Tips to Make Your Keyboard Sound Like a Guitar

Keyboard players don't always have a guitarist on speed dial to lay down some tracks for them. Here's how you can fake it with keyboards, and get away with it!

Review: Universal Audio UAD 9.3 Software Update

UAD brings yet more goodies to the table with its latest 9.3 software update. Matt Vanacoro tests it out and lets you know how he got on with these new and varied plug-ins.

Review: Hotone Xtomp Mini

A pocket sized guitar FX processor that models both amps and pedals and is insanely portable must surely be on many guitarists' wish lists. Matt Vanacoro checks out the Hotone Xtomp Mini.

Review: Black Lion Audio MicroClock MK3

Could adding this small but powerful device to your hardware rig really improve clarity, latency and audio performance? Matt Vanacoro road tests the Black Lion Audio MicroClock MK3.