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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4 Keyboard Drumming Techniques for Producers

Playing drum patterns on your MIDI keyboard need not be a drag. Here's four quick tips to help you get the rhythms in your head to your tracks.

Review: UVI World Suite

Spanning 28 GB and many instruments, styles and cultures from all corners of the globe, UVI's World Suite is a carefully sampled and presented ethnic instrument library. Is it the best on offer?

Music Studio Construction: Amping Up the Storage

If you're interested in taking your home or project studio to the next level here's how to get the most from your hard drive storage to create a fast, reliable and seamless setup.

Review: AutoTonic, The Modal Note Transposing Tool

So, you want real-time scale mapping & keyswitching that's independent from the virtual instrument plugin you're using? AutoTonic allows you to play any mode or scale on the diatonic C notes!

Using Bluetooth MIDI on iOS and OS X

MIDI over Bluetooth is a technology that is still in its infancy. The concept of connecting MIDI devices wirelessly is appealing of course (look Ma, no wires). But how do you set it up for Mac & iOS?

Review: UVI Synth Anthology 2

Where most synth emulation virtual instruments focus on the classics, UVI Synth Anthology 2 embraces the vintage variety and some modern monsters too. Matt Vanacoro finds out if the sounds match up.

Review: Korg ARP ODYSSEi

So, you want a mobile analog synthesizer for iPad and iPhone that reproduces the legendary ARP synth sound? Korg feel they've got something lined up just for you. Matt Vanacoro puts it to the test.

UAD Software V9.0 Review

Universal Audio's UAD 9.0 software brings to the table (or studio) a lot to love. Here to explain what and why is UAD veteran user, Matt Vanacoro.

Music Theory : Expanding Your Chord Vocabulary Beyond Major and Minor

If you're stuck in a cycle of major and minor when composing this music theory tutorial to help you break out and explore four types of lesser used chords that can transform your songwriting skills.

Review: Korg Module

Designed to bring high-quality keyboard sounds to your mobile device for live performance or studio work, we find out if the Korg Module app for iOS sets the standard or falls by the wayside.

Review: Sony UWP-D16 Wireless System

The Sony UWP-D16 is an integrated wireless microphone and lavalier system that we were hoping would provide good audio quality in a small, rugged package. Here's what we discovered...

Review: Waves NX Head Tracker Gives All Headphones 3D Audio

If 3D audio is the next step for music consumers and producers then Waves Audio have jumped ahead with NX Head Tracker and NX Virtual Mix Room. Matt Vanacoro explores all the dimensions in our review.

4 Features To Love in The Latest Komplete Kontrol Software

If you have a Komplete Control series keyboard controller then you'll appreciate just how powerful it is. And the latest version of Komplete Control software deserves your full attention. Here's why.

Review: Phantom Voice and V Alto Choir

Bela D's Phantom Voice and V Alto Choir for Kontakt provide clean and polished sounds for anyone wanting interesting ways to recreate the human voice in their productions.

Review: iSymphonic Orchestra

A professional orchestra sound module/sample library with effects for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch? Matt Vanacoro finds out if Crude Byte's iSymphonic Orchestra app delivers.