Matthew S (aka Matteo Scapin) is an Italian-based electronic music producer who has been releasing music since 2009. Matteo teaches Ableton Live music sequencing software courses at the Istituto Musicale Veneto di Thiene, and also teaches at Pantarhei in Vicenza. He collaborates as a sound designer with Gruppo L’Espresso and Gruppo Magnolia, a TV production leader in creating new entertainment formats that include different genres.
In 2020 he released the single Daydream (for INRI Classic) in collaboration with accordionist Pietro Roffi and pianist Gian Marco Castro. The piece was written during the coronavirus quarantine.
We chatted with Matteo on how he’s been using Sequential instruments in his music:
What made you choose the Prophet Rev2?
For some years I had been looking for a polyphonic synthesizer for my productions. I was bored with using digital instruments. So after a long time, I found compensation in the Prophet Rev2. In my opinion, the ease of programming sounds without a menu makes it an unmatched synthesizer, and the sound is classic and warm and will never be out of fashion.
How are you using it?
At the moment I’m using the Prophet Rev2 to work on my my new album. Thanks to its endless tonal possibilities, I use it mainly for the creation of pad lines. This device perfectly fits my musical project.
What’s one of your favorite things about it?
My favorite thing about the Rev2 is the sound. There are no limits to creativity. Every time I use it, it encourages me more and more to explore sonic territory where normally I would not go. When I touch the buttons, the clear sound quality, the practical interaction, permit my creative flow to start flowing faster!
What does it give you that other synths might not?
I tried other synthesizers and I didn’t find the features of Rev2 in any of them. One important thing, especially for me, in the Rev2 is its great MIDI implementation. Using Ableton for my projects with the Rev2 is very easy. It’s plug and play. Another thing I definitely appreciated are a lot of the sounds. There are no equals. Thanks to Rev2, my productions are improving a lot.
Any interesting tricks or techniques you’d like to share?
As composer, I always try to find ways to create new original sounds. I usually create them using LFO routed Filter Cutoff, and create the sounds starting from scratch.
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