Peter Vogel’s Fairlight CMI-30AX, a thirtieth anniversary remake of his Fairlight CMI of the 80s, adds some serious new features while keeping the sound, look and feel of the iconic original:
The original CMI was by necessity complex and bulky, with a correspondingly huge price tag. The CMI-30AX utilises the immense power of the latest field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology. It not only faithfully reproduces the original sound but goes well beyond the original capabilities in a smaller, less expensive and more reliable physical form.
The 30AX looks and performs like the original CMI. The look and feel of the user interface is modelled on the original, with classic retro green on black graphics. A replica of the original music keyboard is part of the system, or you can use your own MIDI keyboard.
The software combines the very best of the early Series II and III, with a number of significant new features. Sound quality of 8-bit, 16-bit, or “best quality” 24-bit floating point are available and existing Fairlight users can import their entire sample libraries. Even better, sounds from any source, such as WAV files, can be imported and played with the classic CMI sound.
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