This is part one of side A of the original Fairlight CMI 2x demo tape. And a pic of an aged 2x
Free Ableton Live Pack featuring CMI Fairlight sampled instruments. 3 different sounds to bring back the early 80s.
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A simple demo of the Fairlight voicetracker, built by Fairlight (the CMI makers).
It is a razorfast pitch recognition system and realtime pitch conversion unit that translates any pitch and timbre to control signals, both MIDI as CV Gate, totally ahead of it’s time and superceded by nothing.
There is even a basic 2 vco synth in the unit.
I demo the functionality of the display, which in my case is done by the former monitor (that i modified) of my CMI series 3, that runs in color on vga now..
This is a demo and tutorial for the Vogel CMI..A sim of the iconic and classic Fairlight CMI, one of the most famous keyboards ever..
Examples of reading and writing from the 8” floppy drive and Flash drive. More information soon on =- mustudio.fr -=
Background video description:
This is “Fair Light” – original composition by Andy Barrow on the Fairlight IOS App. First attempt at sampling, sequencing and creating my own instrument inside the Fairlight App from Peter Vogel Instruments – the creator of the legendary Fairlight CMI 1 – 3. And now up for grabs is the latest CMI 30AX – upgraded from the 30A. still an expensive tool, but no where near as much as its predecessors (approx $60,000 or more… ish maybe, give or take a few cents, pennies Gold Bullion…quite a few years ago…1980′s)
So, first time at really getting to grips with this IOS App, I sampled my Voice into the Fairlight, adjusted the trim, saved the sample and imported that into my New instrument in the App, Then set about playing with Page R – yep the Sequencer. Once you get used to the way it is laid out in the app, its fairly easy to use.
Recorded into Garageband and added the Orchestra Hit as a latter addition to the track. This is available as a download from my Soundcloud Channel should you desire.
Please note, all the images were taken from Screenshots on My iPad 3 and imported into the video editor. This is an original composition by me.
If you get a feeling that the Voice beat sounds familiar, I remembered a certain group of Gentlemen, who did a Soundtrack for Ferris Bueller’s Day off…remember that.???..
Sadly I do, however, the app also contains a certain Racing Car engine sound from another Track that “Yello” Did..”The Race” yes the sound is in there…I am not going to try and recreate that…they used real Fairlight equipment, sadly I have about as much chance as owning a Fairlight as I have Angels flying out of my ass…
So, until such time that I see a winged creature of heavenly persuasion flying from the darkest regions of me, I will have to make good with the IOS App… Enjoy
Music and Video is sole property of ©2013 Andy Barrow
Synth designer Peter Vogel, creator of the groundbreaking Fairlight CMI synthesizer, is featured in a new article in Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald. Along with the print article, there is also a short video, embedded above, about the Fairlight and its influence on popular music since its debut in 1979.
For a certain kind of music nerd, or a music nerd of a certain age, Australian Peter Vogel is a messiah figure. To them, he is the ”man who changed the world”.
With an old school friend called Kim Ryrie, Vogel invented a strange and important musical instrument (of sorts) called the Fairlight in 1979. The ungainly keyboard, huge processor and clunky old green-screen monitor was hailed as the world’s first sampler – a digital sampling synthesiser.
Its full name was the Fairlight CMI, with those letters standing for ”computer musical instrument”. The pair developed it in Ryrie’s grandmother’s house in Point Piper, Sydney. And it was popularised by the household names of international pop music through the 1980s: Peter Gabriel, Duran Duran, Devo.
Here’s how to use the Octatrack to draw custom audio waveforms like can be done on the classic Fairlight CMI. You can then use your custom-drawn waves in the Octatrack, Monomachine, or other audio gear.
To see the original Fairlight making custom waveforms:
Example of creating visually understand the “light pen” (wand) and a sound change some parameters or effects.
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Series III Fairlight CMI playing back Pet Shop Boys “It’s a Sin.” Song sequence and instruments were recovered from an old CMI streamer tape.
The Australian Fairlight Computer Music Instrument (CMI) is a vintage but state-of-the-art Synthesizer/Sampler workstation. An incredible sampler with 28 megabytes or more of memory! One or two full 73 note velocity sensitive keyboards! Complete synthesis and editing of digitally sampled sounds. Three different on-board SMPTE Sequencers and storage to various disk mediums. The processor itself is housed in a 24″ module. It was also the first digital sampler to hit the market back in 1979 and has endured throughout the eighties and nineties.
From 1979 to 1985 several versions of the Fairlight were produced, with the Series III being the last of them. Each new series added updates to the Fairlight as technology developed through the early eighties. The Fairlight 1 and 2 had only 16 kByte of Memory per voice, and only eight voices but expanded to several megabytes and double the polyphony by the Fairlight III. The IIx was the first Fairlight to offer MIDI. The Series III added aftertouch capability to the keyboard. They all had pitch/mod wheels, an 82-key alphanumeric keyboard, 15 function keys, a Graphics Tablet for drawing sounds and a Video Monitor for seeing what you’re doing while editing.
The sampler is the heart of the Fairlight. It’s a 16-bit resolution digital sampler with variable sample-rates up to 100kHz! Original Fairlight models used two standard 8 bit 6800 processors, updated to the more powerful 16 bit 68000 chips in later versions (the IIx had updated 6809 processors, which is what designated it a IIx over a II, and raised the sampling resolution to 32kHz, from the I & II’s 24kHz). In the Fairlight III, sample memory (RAM) comes in 28MB chunks per 16 voices of polyphony – wow! That’s plenty of room for creating stereo or mono samples. Edit them using various hi-tech functions and at a ‘microscopic’ level using the large Monitor screen. Samples can be looped, mixed and re-sampled with processing for sweetening. As for synthesis, create your own waveforms by sampling and applying Fast Fourier Transform and Waveform editing functions. Storing samples and synthesized waveforms can be done to Hard Disk or 8″ floppy disks.
As for sequencing, there are three sophisticated methods. There’s CAPS (Composer, Arranger, Performer Sequencer), an 80-track polyphonic sequencer. The complicated MCL (Music Composition Language) is like a text-based step time sequencer. And finally the Rhythm Sequencer which functions like a classic drum-machine style sequencer. All sequencer’s are SMPTE syncable.
The Fairlight is a horribly expensive Music Production Center and is rivalled only by the NED Synclavier. Although current samplers, sequencers and synths can blow away the Fairlight at a fraction of the cost – the Fairlight is an historical, prized piece of Vintage Digital Synthesizer and Sampler technology. It still holds up today, over twenty years later and is still a high quality and professional instrument. The facilities provided by it benefit hardcore synth programmers, wealthy musicians, sound designers, film composers and wealthy Vintage Synth collectors.
Here’s what they have to say:
“A facelift for Fairlight Instruments. Fairlight Instruments Pty Ltd is changing its name in anticipation of the release of some exciting new products. The new name, Peter Vogel Instruments, reflects the company’s transition from building on the past to inventing the future.
I am delighted to announce that we will be unveiling some amazing new products over the coming year, under the new brand. These are now in development and all I will say is that we are working hard to make the new products accessible to the average musician, unlike the Fairlight CMI which back in 1979 cost more than the average house.
The CMI-30A, which we released last year as an homage to the original Fairlight CMI, will continue to be our prestige flagship product. A major upgrade now in the works will become available later this year to existing 30A owners free of charge.
The iOS app has been rebranded and has been withdrawn from the app store pending Apple’s approval. Existing app owners will see an update offered shortly. In response to customer requests, significant new functionality is being developed for release as a free update later this year.
We are also developing an entirely new keyboard product, quite unlike anything previously made by Fairlight — or anyone else.
All will be revealed at NAMM in 2013.