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Fairlight CMI Computer Musical Instrument Series I

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    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.

    In 1979 they created the Fairlight CMI, one of the earliest music workstation Digital Audio Samplers. The first edition was called Series I had voice cards that were only 24 kHz sampling rate with 8 bit sound cards and largely considered too noisy by some.

    In 1982 improvements were made for the Series II with much better sound quality and better software. Both series I and II feature a light pen for drawing new waveforms of the sample on the instrument's monitor. The attached pen to the CMI's monitor worked a lot like a computer mouse. The user could use their own samples or the then growing library of sounds.

    Anything could be sampled and made into a sound or effect with endless possibilities of sound creation. Although the creators didn't like the idea of sampling, they were synth guys and more into making an ultimate synth with control of all of it's aspects. With sampling they were limited to controlling the envelope and the sound's vibrato.

    Vogel and Ryrie originally intended to ship the Fairlight CMI with it's own sound library but the sampling feature was so popular that many made their own samples.
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: Sampling
    Oscillators: 8
    Waveforms: User Drawn
    Osc Modulation: Input, Keyboard
    Sampling: 8 bit, 22.05 kHz
    Envelopes: 1
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    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
    Modes: Polyphonic
    Patches RAM: 1
    Storage: Tape, Hard Drive
    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: Keyboard
    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
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    Audio Output Count: 1
    Audio Output Notes: 1/4" mono output
    Inputs: 1/4" mono input
    CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT
    Year Released: 1979
    Year Discontinued: 1982
    Used By
    Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Jan Hammer
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] www.fairlightinstruments.com
    MSRP List Price: $24,000 - convert
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