MATRIXSYNTH: Wine Glass Sample - Fairlight CMI III

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Wine Glass Sample - Fairlight CMI III

Published on Aug 13, 2016 100 Things I Do

"The Fairlight CMI III. 16 Bits, 16 Voice Sampler / FFT Synthesis workstation. This actual machine was originally owned by Fairlight Instruments and used for internal development purposes. You can see on the front of the unit some original test swatch colours used for screen printing. Also unlike any other Fairlight I have seen it has grounding springs added to the rear of the card bay door.

For a moment in time Australia ruled the world with the Fairlight CMI , only just over 250 ever made and from my understanding most of these being CMI II and IIx machines. The CMI was almost as expensive as a house and only owned by the top studios or a few lucky major music artists of the time (The Pet Shop Boys, Art Of Noise, Peter Gabriel, Mike Oldfield , Kate Bush etc..). The CMI III is the last machine with sampling capabilities released before they redesigned the whole system as the MFX and moved to multitrack Audio and post production tools.

The clip is quite short this week due to it being a last minute creation. The clip I was going to release was tagged by some Internet copyright trolls looking to embed advertising. Hopefully this will be resolved soon."

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