In 1982 Fairlight introduced the Series II CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) with needed improvements over the CMI Series I such as a variable sampling rate up to 35 kHz over the Series I's 25 kHz limit. The software for the instrument was also improved but it still has the 8 bit audio limitation of the previous model.
Inside the Fairlight case are 8 Smart Audio cards with 16 kb of RAM however all samples are of the same length once loaded. A Low Pass Filter is used to cover the "scratchy" artifact noise that early sampling presented.
In 1983 Fairlight introduced a MIDI upgrade to the system and called System IIx. Other than the MIDI feature the unit remained the same with the added benefit of MIDI.
|Engine Detailed||Fast Fourier Transforming, Waveform Editing, Graphics Tablet Waveform Drawing|
|Sampler||8-bit at 2100 Hz to 30.2 kHz (mono)|
|Memory||16 KB per voice, System: 256 KB,|
|Recording||Page R, Basic keyboard sequencer, Musical Composition Language (MCL)|
|Key type||Keys (Option 2x)|
|Extra info||Two 8-inch floppy drives|
Produced:||1983 - 1985
||Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
||Voltage Controlled Oscillator
||Digital Controlled Oscillator
||Low Frequency Oscillator
||Voltage Controlled Filter
||Voltage Controlled Amplifier
||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.
||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.