5/16/2003 [Pianos & Keyboards]Top Sound Effects Composer Still Prefers the Keyboard
Man of many sounds: Frank Serafine
In addition to films, Serafine composes music and effects for video games, (including Grand Theft Auto, Interstate 76, Wing Commander IV, the Pocahontas Animated Storybook, and the TRON arcade game), and is actively involved in simulation projects for entertainment and military applications.
The Serafine Studio was formed in 1981 at Lionsgate Films, and moved into its permanent home in Venice Beach (CA) in 1985. At the state-of-the-art facility, the composer provides sound design, Foley, ADR, editorial and music via sophisticated digital editing systems. All sound sources from the production suites are interfaced directly to the main mix stage. The mix stage is outfitted with a custom theatrical cinema monitoring system, configured for 7.1, 5.1 and Dolby Surround print mastering. Complementing these systems, a diverse assortment of analog and digital synthesizers provides a variety of sounds and textures.
"I like the 'artificial intelligence," he adds. "The TYROS completely emulates an instrument, and will understand how it will 'move' within a composition through what I call behavioral modeling. For instance, a musician playing a guitar line or walking bass (particularly in jazz and reggae), moves all over the place. There's no rhyme or reason-that's just the way they play. The TYROS has onboard reggae styles where the bass player rocks and it doesn't sound digital. Likewise, the acoustic guitars have multiple levels of velocity.
"The TYROS will play a harmonic with a 'click' or 'swish,' as if someone had hit a string hard or soft. I've also found the drum samples to be incredibly realistic. It not only has thousands of drum patterns, but it also has everything in the orchestra to go with them."
The Yamaha 61-key TYROS features a microphone input, digital mixer, vocal harmonizer, a built-in digital audio system, and professional features like aftertouch, pitch bend and mod wheels. TYROS includes GM compatibility and auto accompaniment features, and can be connected directly to a computer via its USB port. With Yamaha's new Megavoice technology, the hallmark of TYROS is stunningly realistic sounds, complete with physical characteristics of the sampled instrument.
Serafine's work is featured prominently in commercial spots for Pepsi, Kellogg's, Chrysler, CBS, Nike and Jack in the Box, and television episodes of Baywatch, Extreme Sports and VR 5. He continues to create sounds and music for themed entertainment, including various IMAX venues, Busch Gardens' Corkscrew Hill attraction in Williamsburg (VA) and the Sony Beijing Children's Interactive Museum.
For more information on TYROS, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Portable Keyboards, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622-6600; telephone (714) 522-9011or e-mail email@example.com.
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