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.
Everyone has their preferred DAW, but when you strip out personal factors, what is each one actually best at? Matt Vanacoro breaks it down.
Whether you're an experienced keyboard player or just beginning to learn your way around the keys, here are 4 chord techniques that will serve you well when playing and recording.
Blurring the boundaries between instrument and sound design, Zero-G's Psychoacoustics is an innovative electro acoustic sound design Kontakt instrument.
Impeccable samples, well-scripted velocity layers and more make up this whopping 40GB sample-based instrument focusing on operatic voices. Matt Vanacoro took it for a spin.
Steinberg's flagship post production suite shares much DNA with Cubase but in many ways it's a very different beast. Here's why it should be on your shopping list.
With numerous fixes and two completely new, gorgeous-sounding DSP plug-ins, UAD's latest software update is a must-have for new and existing users. Matt Vanacoro explains why.
The latest guitar modelling suite for Mac and PC from Positive Grid - Bias FX 2 - is a powerhouse of sonic wizardry. But would it pass Matt Vanacoro's strict standards?
Sample Logic's Modern Animated Percussion has a multi-resolution sequencer, insanely useful randomizer, a ton of content... could it be the perfect tool for scoring?
When is a bass more than just a guitar? When it's a full-blown sound design and scoring instrument, as Matt Vanacoro found out with Heavyocity's Scoring Bass...
Steinberg's high-end Thunderbolt audio interface works with any DAW but is especially tightly integrated with Cubase. Matt Vanacoro put it through its paces.
Adobe's wave editing package has much to recommend it to musicians and audio producers. Here, Matt Vanacoro shares 5 of his top tips for getting the most out of it.
To ensure a long life and efficient performance for your music or video computer, Matt Vanacoro recommends you follow these few simple tips. Read on to find out what they are...
With 81GB of samples, impressive low latency performance and stunning pianos, could Synthogy's Ivory 2 be the ultimate sampled piano collection?
Even though Matt vanacoro wasn't familiar with the Phorminx, he quickly learned that all manner of unusual and interesting world instruments could be found in this new collection.
Korg's Gadget 2 introduces new instruments and FX as well as more DAW functionality than ever. There's a reason why it's Matt Vanacoro's favourite fun way to make music...
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