Classic Fairlight Sounds Come To Nord Keyboards

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Nord has announced a major addition to the Nord Sample Library, the sounds of the legendary Fairlight digital sampler.

The Fairlight was the first commercially available polyphonic sampler when launched back in 1979 and it opened up the doors of sampling to many artists and producer during the 80′s. Continue reading

Fairlight CMI 30-A Demo By Peter Vogel Instruments’ Graeme Renaud

This video captures a short presentation by Peter Vogel Instruments’ Graeme Renaud on the Fairlight CMI 30-A.

While the focus is on the new CMI 30-A, Renaud also discusses some of the history of the Fairlight CMI and how the technology of the time affected the instruments sound.

CMI Pro Contest Offers $1000 Prize

audiobus-cmi-proTo celebrate the release of the Audiobus-capable version of CMI Pro, Peter Vogel Instruments has announced the CMI on the Bus competition:

We’re offering $1,000 cash prize for the most creative track made using the CMI app connected with other apps through Audiobus.

To enter the competition, create a video and upload it to YouTube. The video must include at least:

Music composed by you and performed on the CMI app using Audiobus. It can use a sequence or live playing or both.
Footage of you using the app on a bus of your choice.
You are encouraged to include some explanation or exposition of the creative process on your YouTube posting. Collaboration with other musicians is also a plus.

Entries must be submitted by 17:00 (AEST), 30th April, 2013. See the Peter Vogel site for details.

CMI Pro Gets Updated With AudioBus Support & More

peter-vogel-cmi-proPeter Vogel has updated CMI Pro – his software recreation of the classic Fairlight CMI.

Here’s what’s new in CMI Pro 1.5:

  • Major App rewrite, with lots of improvements.
  • Audiobus support, both input and output. Send any audio to other apps, or sample new voices from the output of other apps.
  • New Synthesizer and Sequencer Engines. Better accuracy, lower CPU use, new features like polyphonic channels.
  • Background synth and song playing. Play your song in the background, or use external keyboards to play your selected voices while another app is in the foreground. Great for looping.
  • Stereo voices, voices from MP3, view waveforms and play voices before importing them.
  • Page R step/pattern navigation while playing. No need to stop first.
  • Skip the startup floppy disk to get right into composing.

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Peter Vogel CMI Pro

Peter Vogel has rebranded his iOS instruments, formally sold as Fairlight Instruments apps, under his name.

This is part of the rebranding of Fairlight to Peter Vogel Instruments.

The app changes, at this point, are limited to the logo and app name. No functional changes have been made, other than a very slight improvement in MIDI performance.

Vogel promises an update with ‘significant new functionality’ before the end of the year.

Details on Vogels’ apps and keyboard are available at the company site.

UVI Darklight IIx Review

This is a review of UVI’s Darklight IIx – a virtual instrument inspired by the classic Fairlight CMI – via FM’s Rob Puricelli:

For $199, the UVI Darklight IIx library gives you a wealth of useable sounds from a Fairlight, enough power to shape yet more sounds for your own use and a lovely retro style interface that evokes a pleasant sense of Aussie sampler-based nostalgia. It is not an accurate Fairlight clone, doesn’t claim to be yet satisfies the most ardent fan of the sound of the Fairlight.

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See the written summary at FailedMuso.

UVI Darklight IIx is available for $199 (VST/AU/RTAS/MAS).

DarkLight IIx – A Virtual Fairlight For Your DAW

UVI has introduced DarkLight IIx, a new virtual instrument inspired by the most iconic synths of the 80′s, the Fairlight Computer Music Instrument.

Here’s what UVI has to say about their new virtual take on the Fairlight CMI:

We took our obsession to the next level, creating a complete set of instruments, sounds and sonic tools deeply inspired by the original digital monster. A unique, hybrid process of exhaustive multi-sampling, analysis, and advanced audio processing allowed us to not only capture the original character of this machine but to enhance its ability with a host of today’s most powerful analog modeled filters, LFOs, envelopes and effects–packaged beautifully in an old-school interface.

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