MATRIXSYNTH: First Fairlight Since 1989 Arrives

Sunday, January 02, 2011

First Fairlight Since 1989 Arrives

"Birth Announcement
« on: December 31, 2010, 11:19:01 PM »

Peter Vogel and the Fairlight Family are proud to announce the arrival of the first CMI-30A. Our new baby has already left the nest and is currently winging its way to the US in readiness for a first performance at NAMM. Its parents are recovering well and are looking forward to receiving visitors in the near future.

Here are a couple of early pics, but more baby photos and recordings of first words will be posted in time. We thank our friends and loved ones for their support during the gestation period.

Happy New Year and Happy Fairlight!

The first CMI since 1989. Awaiting transport to US for NAMM

All packed and ready to go on 31st Dec 2010 with Peter Wielk (left) and Peter Vogel (right)."

via John via Fairlight


More interesting bits trickling in. Left is the "Fairlight CMI-30A iPhone 4 Clear Case" available here.

"Make yours the coolest iPhone 4 in town with this Fairlight CMI-30A see-through soft case with molded-silicone siding. It's a conversation starter!"

And potentially more intersting via Fairlight on Facbook:

"The Fairlight iPhone app is in beta land!"

An email from Lorraine Vogel:

"Dear Fairlight Family,

We are proud to announce the arrival of our new baby, the CMI-30A.

Attached is a photo of proud Dad, Peter Vogel, with his newest addition. For more baby photos and first words, please visit the forum at

We also have a Fairlight Instruments Facebook page

Lorraine Vogel"

"The whole system, weighing in at a healthy 70kg"

"The keypad at the right hand end of the music keyabord is now a general purpose multi-touch controller"

"The left hand end is just like the original"

"Recreating the lightpen was a bit of an achievement"

"Jasmine (my 3.5 y.o.) immediatly appreciated the 'boxy' look of the CMI"

Update: NAMM 2011 Fairlight CMI-30 - New 30th Aniversary Edition
YouTube via musicianews | January 15, 2011 |

"Based on the Legendary Instrument. TFT Monochrome Green Display. Stays true to the original edition. 24 Tracks 24 Voices. Classic Library Available."


Namm Show 2011 - Fairlight CMI

YouTube via accordoTV | January 15, 2011 |


Namm Show 2011 - Fairlight New

accordoTV | January 16, 2011 |


  1. this is cool, but is that a fake floppy drive on the right side of the screen?

  2. No, that's where the light pen is housed (it's used to draw waveforms on the screen).

    Very interesting!!

  3. Very interesting indeed, but please god don't let it be based on a PC motherboard that will be impossible to find in 6 months time.

  4. Don't worry - if you can afford the $19,000 price tag (that's with the optional $2,000 keyboard controller), you should be well able to keep it working for years.

    I still can't believe they're trying to sell something with a ridiculous price such as this - especially considering the financial state of most of the world.

  5. pretty simple business plan. R&D already done, high margin, low volume, sell a few and pad your retirement.

  6. Is that an iPhone on the right of the keyboard? Sure looks like an iPhone.

  7. if you want to make an impact in 2011 an on boys... you should offer a product sub 5 grand

  8. Mars: it's an embedded iPod touch, with software to emulate the traditional Fairlight keypad

  9. very original 3rd dimension of the screen. feature?

  10. So, it's a bit different from the original, not entirely new, but not entirely retro either. The app for iPad looks awesome.



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