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Fairlight CMI Computer Musical Instrument Series II

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Description
In 1982 Fairlight introduced the Series II CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) with needed improvements over the CMI Series I such as a variable sampling rate up to 35 kHz over the Series I's 25 kHz limit. The software for the instrument was also improved but it still has the 8 bit audio limitation of the previous model.

Inside the Fairlight case are 8 Smart Audio cards with 16 kb of RAM however all samples are of the same length once loaded. A Low Pass Filter is used to cover the "scratchy" artifact noise that early sampling presented.

In 1983 Fairlight introduced a MIDI upgrade to the system and called System IIx. Other than the MIDI feature the unit remained the same with the added benefit of MIDI.

Fairlight Instruments Pty Ltd was established by Peter Vogel and Kim Ryrie in 1975. They produced one of the World's first Digital Audio Workstation Samplers. The Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument. The history of the company began when Fairlight Instruments Pty Ltd was established by Peter Vogel and Kim Ryrie in 1975. They produced one of the World's first Digital Audio Workstation Samplers. The Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument.
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Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Sampling
Oscillators
Oscillators: 8
Waveforms: User Drawn
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Input, Keyboard
Sampling: 8 bit, 36 kHz
Envelopes
Envelopes: 1
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters
Filters: 1
Types: Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Notes:
Basic Low Pass Filter implemented to filter out noise and artifacts.
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 16
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Patches
Patches RAM: 1
Storage: Hard Drive, Tape
Editing: CV
Sequencer
3 CAPS (Composer, Arranger, Performer Sequencer) 80-track polyphonic sequencer

MCL (Music Composition Language) text Based Step Sequencer

Rhythm Sequencer (Drum Machine Style Sequencer)
Case
Case: Keyboard, Software
Case Details: Heavy Duty Contruction
Keyboard: 73 keys
Controls: Buttons, Faders
Display Count H: 512
Display Count V: 256
Display Notes: Included PC monitor with system
Weight: 80 lbs.
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
Audio Output Count: 1
Inputs: 1/4" input
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT
CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT
Control Features: CV Gate is optional
Production
Year Released: 1982
Year Discontinued: 1985
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Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.fairlightinstruments.com
Pricing
MSRP List Price: $33,000 - convert
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