Matthew S – Matteo Scapin

1. Favourite knob/fader/switch on a piece of gear and why?

I love the Cutoff knob on my prophet Rev 2. Thanks to it, I can modulate the sound in a thousand ways.
Aesthetically the monopole is not beautiful, but I have a lot of fun to use it!

Sequential Prophet Rev 2

2. Do you have an ‘almost’ perfect bit of kit? What would you change?

Roland MC707

My kit is satisfactory, but I like to change musical instrumentation often. I would love to try as many musical instruments as possible! Collaborating with different brands I have the good fortune to try many different instruments, which I have used a lot, for many of my musical projects.

Arturial MicroFreak

3. What setup do you bring on holiday/tour/commute etc.?

My travel kit consists of Keystep pro + Ableton + Zoom H6.
When I’m on tour or on vacation I avoid carrying too many tools! I like to be as comfortable as possible!

Arturia Keystep Pro

4. What software do you wish was hardware and vice versa?

I always wanted a version of Max by Cycling ’74 in a hardware format, that would be pretty cool. I wouldn’t know what to turn into software, I prefer hardware!

Abletob Push 2 and studio desk

5. Is there anything you regret selling… or regret buying?

Hmmm, I have no regrets.
Maybe, thinking about it, I’m missing my Deepind12 by Behringer a little bit. I used it very little, maybe I underestimated the sound of this synthesizer, it had very interesting sounds for my productions!

6. What gear has inspired you to produce the most music?

In this period I used a lot the prophet rev2. In every one of my productions there is the sound of this synthesizer. I love the sound depth of it. I love it!
This synthesizer together with my pedals creates sound textures that no VST can create! I use VSTs a lot, but the analog heat is unmatched!

Earthquaker Avalanche Run and fx pedals buddies

7. If you had to start over, what would you get first?

Maybe I would have liked to have started with Analog Rytm by Elektron.
A lot of my producer friends recommended this drum machine.

8. What’s the most annoying piece of gear you have, that you just can’t live without?

Surely the ZOIA by empress, I love to use this instrument, I often use this pedal/ Synth for my productions. Unfortunately it is very difficult to create presets for my projects!… But I love it.

9. Most surprising tip/trick/technique that you’ve discovered about a bit of kit?

I use the prophet rev2 with the particle by red panda and the FABRIKAT by Pladask elektrisk to create the audio textures for my projects. This is a great kit to create infinite audio landscapes! Every time I use these tools pre satisfied with the final result!


Artist or Band name?

Matthew S

Genre?

Electronica/Ambient

Selfie?

Matthew S

Where are you from?

Italy

How did you get into music?

I started learning to play guitar in my city’s school when I was 13 years old. from there was born my passion for music. Fortunately now is my job!

What still drives you to make music?

I always have a strong need inside to continue to create and communicate through music, my best communication channel is music! I think it’s my addiction now!

How do you most often start a new track?

Usually to start a song I create improvisations with my synthesizer and sampling sounds with Ableton

Matthew S at the MC707

How do you know when a track is finished?

To create a song I take a long time, when I believe that there are no other changes or additions to do I consider it over and ready for the mix and master!

Show us your current studio

Matthew S Studio

Best creative advice that you’ve ever heard?

“Set a goal and don’t give up until you reach it. The professionals do not give up in front of the first obstacle and already think 3 moves in advance. While your teammates are still discussing the reasons for the band’s dissolution, you must already be progressing on your next project: tempus fugit!”

Promote your latest thing… Go ahead, throw us a link.

My Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/57ZTe0YAuhG04dtH42nM1Y?si=c98CgImcRWSyC3XgIBJ7oA

or my website:

https://matthewess.com/


Operator Inpaints – Outside the Lines

1. Favourite knob/fader/switch on a piece of gear and why? 

Well here you’ll find a strange answer, never used this gear in one of my videos, this one was one of first gears I got since I started playing the electric guitar. This Ibanez pedal isn’t anything special but I’m a “big fan” of faders and this one was my first pedal with a fader. Underrated pedal imho, really had good times with my guitar.

Ibanez Echo Shifter

2. Do you have an ‘almost’ perfect bit of kit? What would you change? 

This question it’s so easy to answer, obviously my OP-1 from Teenage Engineering. Oh I have a lot of things I would change: more than just 4 tracks, a better keyboard construction and MIDI port…. Mmmmh maybe a lower price also? 😅

Teenage Engineering OP1

3. What setup do you bring on holiday/tour/commute etc.?

So hard to decide between one of my Pocket Operators or my OP-Z. These two kinds of gears are so portable and funny, but which one to choose? How did I solved this dilemma?
Taking both of them.

Pocket Operators and OPZ

4. What software do you wish was hardware and vice versa? 

I use Audacity for choppin/editing my samples for the SP404, it’s so easy to use and work well also for other things, would be nice to have a gear that has the same functions (ok maybe already exist, but not with the same easy functions) so I will be completely Dawless.

5. Is there anything you regret selling… or regret buying? 

For a materialist like me it’s hard to sell anything, this is why I’ve never sold anything (also beyond my music gears) it’s not like I want more things or instruments, I build up a connection between my gears and me and I categorically exclude to sell anything, I love all my instruments in a different way and I’m sure I could regret any sale. But I have a sort of regret buying…. All my Pocket Operators: after all my purchasing, Teenage Engineering, released the OP-Z that is like many PO in just one gear…. THANKS 😤

A rash of teenagers

6. What gear has inspired you to produce the most music? 

Firstly I thought I would answer with “OP-1” and could be the truth, has so many ways and styles you can reach but, in a different way and with some really good live effects, I have to say that my SP404A inspired me so much and so many times! There’s a special and magical process during the research of the “perfect” sample that drives me crazy every time. You can jump from hip hop to techno and also making some drones.

Roland SP404

7. If you had to start over, what would you get first? 

Maybe some piano lessons, I’m an “ex” guitarist and I (fortunately) studied music theory, but I wish I would have studied piano so I would be able to improvise staying in the right scale and choosing the right chord when I want… Still time for taking some private lessons!

8. What’s the most annoying piece of gear you have, that you just can’t live without

Maybe I’m the lucky one that is happy with his gears! For now my PC, I need to change it 😅

9. Most surprising tip/trick/technique that you’ve discovered about a bit of kit? 

I have to choose a phrase of one of my favorite architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, you can also spent on music or anything: “Less is more”.
Don’t keep adding sounds, more things doesn’t mean more beautiful!


Artist or Band name?

inpaints

Genre?

From ambient to lo-fi hip hop

Selfie?

Mmmh I really have to?

Operator Inpaints

Where are you from?

Italy

How did you get into music?

Started studying classic guitar in secondary school, get into synthesizer’s world thanks to my father and the videos of Jeremy (Red Means Recording)

What still drives you to make music?

The community, seriously. Started as a hobby now I have so many “synth-friends”, this keep me focused on human side of the music. I also love when I watch videos from another people and learning/talking about synthesizers

How do you most often start a new track?

Usually pads or bassline.

How do you know when a track is finished?

Everytime it’s hard to add some new sounds, if doesn’t sounds as I want it’s time to stop

Show us your current studio

Inpaints Studio

Best creative advice that you’ve ever heard?

Dad:”Add some reverb!”

Promote your latest thing… Go ahead, throw us a link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8msEjwonovg