The Fairlight iPad app is now available (App Store link) worldwide.
The Fairlight app recreates the historic Fairlight CMI as a multi-touch application for the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
Fairlight says “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.”
- browse and play the entire original Fairlight CMI IIX Sounds floppy disk library – 32 disks containing 564 voices.
- display voices graphically using the iconic Page D, and change your viewpoint by tipping your iPhone/iPad.
- play built-in Fairlight CMI Page R compositions.
- import and play Page R compositions and instrument collections sent to you by others.
- authentic Fairlight CMI user interface experience, including floppy disk sounds.
- on-screen music keyboard.
- use an external MIDI keyboard to play the CMI voices. The Line6 MidiMobilizer and Akai SynthStation are supported.
The Fairlight app retails for $9.99. A $39.99 in-app upgrade is available to add “pro” features.
Here’s what the $39.99 Fairlight iPad in-app “pro” upgrade adds:
- gain access to the CMI III voices library.
- create instrument sets that store settings for all 8 channels, including the voices, pitch shifts, volumes, release times etc.
- use Page R to create songs that can be used with any instrument set.
- use the on-screen keyboard or external MIDI keyboard to record new notes while your composition is playing (minimum iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G or iPad recommended).
- play back your music, essentially as it would sound on a real Fairlight CMI
- export MIDI files from Page R, with General MIDI instruments for each channel specified by you
- import MIDI files into Page R, with all the notes ready to be edited.
- import audio files to be used as voices in your instrument sets and compositions.
- send and receive songs and instrument sets by email.
If you’ve used the new Fairlight app, let us know what you think!
Update: Fairlight says “The App is now available for purchase in the iTunes Store. Some countries are reporting it is not available yet, but it should be there within 24 hours.”
Update 2: We’ve had conflicting information from Fairlight on MIDI support. Here’s the breakdown on the basic vs pro features, direct from the Fairlight site:
- Simulated CMI experience with genuine floppy disk sounds
- Play all original CMI II sounds
- On-screen music keyboard
- Display CMI II sounds in Page D
- Play and display Page R songs
- Import CMI .RS Page R songs
- Import CMI .IN instrument files
- MIDI in » play CMI sounds
- Works with Line6 MIDI Mobilizer
- Works with Akai Synthstation
- Create and edit your own Page R songs
- Create and edit your own instrument sets
- Import Fairlight CMI .VC voice files
- Play and use a selection of Fairlight CMI III voices
- Send/receive songs and instruments by email
- Create Fairlight voices from WAV and AIFF files
Update 3: See comments below – at least one use has had trouble getting MIDI working with the basic version. If you’ve got the app, let us know your experiences.