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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.

Technical Specifications
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
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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