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'Some years ago, Serafine moved out of a 10,000-square-foot Venice, Calif., studio. He had eight rooms full of equipment, including some 53 synthesizers. “I didn’t want to be in that real- estate business, and I wanted to lighten up,” he says, “so I sold all of my synthesizers on eBay.” The plan was to get leaner on hardware, but not on capability. Serafine unloaded the analog synthesizers in favor of software synthesizers. The advan- tages of software synthesizers over analog are debated between purists and digital mavens, but some benefits are clear. Serafine is an advocate of the Arturia Minimoog V and Arturia Moog Modular V, among other software tools. He had been an avid user of the original Minimoog analog synthesizer since he got one in his teens.
That Minimoog was one of the most innovative instruments when it was created, but it had some drawbacks, among them, like most analog synthesizers, the tuning could become unstable as the oscillators heated up. That made the Minimoog notoriously difficult to keep in tune. Says Serafine, “Moog went to Arturia to develop the Minimoog, and they were able to correct its problems by making it a software synthesizer, and they did a great job.” The Arturia Minimoog V, which is being reintroduced as the Arturia Mini V, doesn’t have these drawbacks, of course. Serafine also makes extensive use of the Arturia Minimoog’s hundreds of programmed presets. (Arturia recently announced the end of an agreement with Moog Music, so in addition to the change to the Mini V, the Arturia Moog Modular V is being reintroduced as the Arturia Modular V.) One drawback of software synths comes from the interface. Pushing a mouse is okay for getting an idea down in the laptop, but Serafine uses the Arturia Origin in the studio. It’s a hardware synth using DSP algorithms that models the various modules from different synths (Moog, Roland, Yamaha and more), which can be combined inside the Origin to create new synths in a modular system. “The Origin reincarnates yesterday’s systems into a single synth system,” he says. “Back when I was playing analog synthesizers, I was playing the control knobs.
When software came around, it was pushing a mouse. The Origin takes me back to the analog playability.”