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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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    Architecture
    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
    Manuals & Documents

    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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