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Fairlight CMI Computer Musical Instrument Series III

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Description
1985 was the year that brought home the CMI with the release of the Series III models with more features that today's synth and sampler users can look up to with 44 kHz/16 bit audio to 16 voice patches.

With additive synthesis as part of the system, the creators also introduced the new system with a graphics tablet that the user now drew waveforms on as opposed to the fatigue that set in when drawing on the monitor.

With expansion available to the unit, it now offered 16 voices of polyphony which could be expanded further. MIDI IN/OUT was now fully implemented with several enhancements to the sequencing software which was now 80 tracks.

By 1985 the Fairlight CMI was on nearly every record within the Pop and Soundtrack musical worlds. Peter Gabriel was the first artists to buy a Fairlight and was famously documented in the making of his fourth record Security.
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Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Additive, Sampling
Oscillators
Oscillators: 8
Waveforms: User Drawn
Osc Modulation: Input, Keyboard
Sampling: 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
Envelopes
Envelopes: 1
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters
Filters: 1
Types: Low Pass, Resonance
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 16
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Polyphonic
Patches
Patches RAM: 1
Storage: Tape, Hard Drive
Editing: CV, MIDI
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
Case Details: Heavy Duty contruction
Keyboard: 73 keys
Controls: Buttons, Faders, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel
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, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 2
Inputs: 1 x 1/4" Mono/Stereo In
CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT
Control Features: CV gate is optional
Production
Year Released: 1985
Year Discontinued: 1992
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Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.fairlightinstruments.com
Pricing
MSRP List Price: $40,000-$60,000 - convert
Used Price: $12,000 - convert
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