Peter vogel instruments The Peter Vogel’s web site, one of the founding members of Fairlight Instruments with Kim Ryrie The Holmes Page One of the first sites about the Fairlight K.M.I Klaus Michael Indlekofer’s web site. A comprehensive and very technical section on the different Fairlight models Mustudio The site of my friend Jean-Bernard Emond, […]


Vintage SynthesizersMark VailEd. Miller Freeman Books Text + photos: p214-219 The SynthesizerMark VailEd. Oxford University Press Text + photos: p72-73 Digital SamplingThe Design and Use of Music TechnologiesPaul HarkinsEd. Routledge208 pages Synth Gems 1Exploring Vintage SynthesizersMike MetlayEd. Bjooks Text + photos: p128-133 The Musician And The MicroRay HammondEd. Blandford Press Text + photos: p126-146 Synthesizer […]


Demonstration FOR THE CMI II – 1980 Text by Michael Carlos The Fairlight C.M.I. Demonstration Tape – No. 1 – 1981 There are 3 missing audio files for this tape: Nine Dimensions (David Vorhaus)Dad’s Army (Duncan McGuire)Sphera (Jill McGuire) David Vorhaus Sleight of Mind – 1982Notes on rear sleeve:Electronic flights of fantasy into the unusual, […]


Dumps by my friend Jean-Bernard Emond CMI I MAINFRAME Q032 – Processor Control Card4 EPROMs 2708 Q032A Q032B Q032C Q032D CMI IIx MAINFRAME Q219 – Lightpen / Graphics Interface Card1 PROM Harris 7603 WROM – Checksum #16E9 – Location: A8 2 PROMs Harris 7611 SROM – Checksum #017F – Location: E10 BROM – Checksum #047C […]

Fairlight CMI IIx

In 1983, a major CMI update appeared: the Fairlight CMI IIx. Several internal cards were modified. The two 6800 processors were replaced by 6809 processors, the random access memory changed from 64Kb to 256Kb, the control panel of the central unit was modified, a MIDI/SMPTE interface was proposed as an option, as well as a […]

Fairlight CMI II

In 1982, the CMI II, a slightly improved version of the CMI, was created. The sampling rate turned from 24 to 32Khz, still in 8 bits. The channel cards have been improved. A MIDI card is available as an option. But the main innovation was the inclusion of the Page R, created by Michael Carlos, […]

Fairlight CMI I

First model of the Fairlight CMI, marketed in 1979.CMI stands for Computer Musical Instrument. It is based on the architecture of the Fairlight Qasar prototype, and it has most of its features: Dual 8-bit 1 Mhz Motorola 6800 processors 8 channel cards with 16Kb waveform RAM = 8 voices of polyphony 64Kb system RAM (QDOS) […]


The Fairlight CMI is based on the architecture of the Qasar M8 (Multimode 8), created by Tony Furse in 1975. In the early 70’s, Tony Furse, a consulting engineer for Motorola, created his first prototype of hybrid analog/digital synthesizer, the Qasar I. In 1972-1973, Furse created his second prototype, the Qasar II, with the financial […]