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Fairlight CMI | Fairlight 30A(X)


When the Fairlight CMI arrived on the scene in the eighties it changed the way we make music, forever. Today every sampler, digital synthesiser, and audio workstation can trace its lineage back to this legendary machine. Known for its solid, hand-built quality and iconic sounds, the CMI holds a special place in history and in the hearts of musicians everywhere.

Now, after thirty years, the CMI returns. With all the character of the original, the 30AX delivers a major nostalgia hit. Featuring the hallmark look and feel of the original CMI, the 30th anniversary CMI harnesses the latest technology to deliver the classic ‘CMI sound’ no other system has achieved. As you crank up the 30AX’s unique ‘goodness control’, the quality morphs made music history. Turn it up to 11 and it sounds even more organic than the old CMI – chock full of eighties goodness!* With one of the inventors of the original Fairlight CMI at the helm, Peter Vogel Instruments brings a little eighties magic to the cold, hard digital world of 2013.

The CMI-30AX is a unique instrument, combining the latest technology with the look and feel of the original Fairlight* CMI. It achieves the classic CMI eighties, as well as the modern sound of technology capable of uncompromising signal purity. Both these extremes are made possible by the extraordinary combination of 21st century field-programmable gate array technology with actual analog filters.

The original Fairlight CMIs were renowned not only for their superb sound quality, but also their elegant and intuitive software. The CMI-30AX combines the very best features of the Fairlight series IIX and the III, with significant developments. Sound quality is continuously variable using the unique “goodness” control which spans from Series I, II, or III quality to point.

The base 30AX system offers 24 tracks and channels.The operating system should be considered “closed”, that is no other software can be installed by users and the instrument should not be used for any purpose other than as a CMI, as supplied by the factory. It should only be connected to the internet for maintenance.
BrandFairlight CMI
ModelFairlight 30A(X)
Engine TypeDigital
Voices (max)24
Engine DetailedReissued using Crystal Core Sound Engine
Sampler24-bit floating point quality, Sampling rate: 44.1, 48, 96, 192 kHz
Memory500 GB SATA hard drive, DVD R/W drive
Key typeKeys
AudioAnalog: 2in / 12+2out Digital: S/PDIF, 64ch BNC MADI
MidiI-O-T, USB
Produced:2011 - 2011
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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