Fairlight Instruments has released this official intro video for the Fairlight App for the iPhone and iPad, expected to be available from the Apple App Store in March 2011.
The video is well worth watching, both for its nostalgic look back at 80’s users of the original Fairlight Computer Music Instrument and for the preview of the Fairlight CMI app.
Here’s what Fairlight has to say about the upcoming Fairlight App:
Over 30 years since the original Fairlight CMI first changed the way we make music, we are proud to present the iPhone & iPad Apps, giving you the experience of a CMI Series IIx in the palm of your hand, complete with the full Series IIx factory library and expandable to include the best of the Series III library and even your own samples.
Marvel at the then revolutionary Page R step sequencer, gasp at the three dimensional waveforms in Page D and bask in the wonder of some of the most famous sounds of the Eighties!
The most important news from the teaser video is the mention of full MIDI compatibility. When we spoke with Fairlight CEO Peter Vogel at NAMM, we asked him about MIDI support and he said that it would not be in the initial release, but would be added in an update. We’re glad to see that they’re going to squeeze this into the initial release.
The sound track of the video is the first song composed completely on the Fairlight iPad app.
Justin Shave‘s Octagonalle was created using original Series II library sounds on the Fairlight iPad app. Shave confronted his first CMI in 2006 when he co-produced Darren Hayes’ album This Delicate Thing We’ve Made. Darren had decided that the Fairlight was the only instrument which could deliver the ’80s sensibility he was seeking, bought one on eBay, and handed it to Shave to tame.
The full dance track is available as a free download from the Fairlight web site (.mp3).