NOTE: Do not buy this if you have already bought the Vogel CMI App. Save money by using its in-App upgrade. If you are not sure you want the Pro features, buy the Vogel CMI App.
Experience music making ‘80s style with this awesome retro app, modelled on the legendary Fairlight* Computer Musical Instrument.
Preloaded with 500+ CMI Series II sounds and 100+ Series III sounds, for the first time a byte-perfect re-issue of the classic CMI sounds of the 80s.
This app includes the famous ‘Page R’, which was the world's first screen-based rhythm sequencer. Today every sampler, digital synthesiser, sequencer and audio workstation can trace its lineage back to this legendary machine.
Now you can make music using tools like those used by artists including Alan Parsons, Jean Michel Jarre, Trevor Horn, Thomas Dolby, Brian Eno, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder and so many more.
This app is a part midi player, part creative tool and part history lesson – developed by Peter Vogel and his nerds who worked on the Fairlight CMI in the '80s.
- entire original CMI IIX Sound library containing 564 voices*
- 100+ selected CMI III sounds - play the CMI voices from an external MIDI input (supports Core MIDI devices. Line6 MidiMobilizer II or Akai SynthStation require MidiBridge or similar), or use the on-screen keyboard*
- Sample your own voices from the microphone or line in, then use them in your compositions
- display voices graphically using the iconic Page D, and change your viewpoint by tilting your iPhone/iPad*
- authentic CMI user interface experience, including floppy disk quirks*
- 8 track composition using ‘Page R’ pattern-based sequencer
- create instrument sets that store settings for all 8 channels, including the voices, pitch shifts, volumes, release times etc.
- import/export voices, compositions, MIDI and instruments and exchange with others.
* These features also available on the lower cost ‘Player’ version of the CMI App.
I would have never dreamt in a million years to own a Fairlight. It is the stuff of legends! Beyond any ordinary man's budget! And for this day to come a reality for a mere $10!! I am in awe and shock! I cannot emphasize how thankful I am to you for releasing this Iconic and Legendary instrument as an iPhone application!! (Imad Hamadieh, Dubai, UAE)
Very nice app! A complete revival / reissue of the best computer musical instrument ever in a tiny but very useful format. It is a joy to see an epic piece of synthesizer/sampling history as an app for the millions. Finally you can take your Fairlight wherever you are! A Fairlight to go-go-go! (Freek Roffel, Netherlands)
The CMI and PAGE R are back!!! This Fairlight app is amazing! It's the real deal - all the official factory sounds of a CMI IIx, with the option for the best of Series III sounds! It has some neat "easter eggs" and a TON of useful features. Even just starting up the app is cool - check it out. This app is very intuitive and easy to use, but still includes well-written and extensive help pages. I can't wait to try it out on the iPad 2. (Jaish Chada, Canada)
Again I would like to take a moment and extend a huge THANK YOU to the entire Fairlight team. ... You have taken the time and patience to create an affordable solution for the masses. ... You have given us a gift. I am truly excited to see what users will do with this App to change the future of music once again. Sincerely, thank you. (Zacharia Malakai, USA)
This App will work on any device running iOS 7 or later. However, if you want to use Audiobus or do heavy performance and composing work, we recommend a minimum of iPhone 5 or iPad 3.
*Fairlight is a trademark of Fairlight.au Pty Ltd Australia
Minor compatibility release
Ratings and Reviews
Really want to give 5!!!
I saw this app advertised and thought I just had to own a small piece of history! There are some bad reviews on here, but I thought it might have just been trolls so I went ahead with my almost £40 purchase of the "Pro" version to ensure I had the option of using all the features. Unfortunately I have to report that the keyboard issue is most definitely alive and well in the most current release. Me being me didn't want to give up hope, so off dutifully to the supermarket to buy the apple usb-lightning camera adaptor to hook up my brand new Roland A800 Pro MIDI keyboard. To my dismay it wouldn't work as it was "not supported" even though I had been externally powering the keyboard.
To summarise, the app has all the great sounds built right in and all other features I've explored so far work great. However I am sad to report that owing to the on-screen keyboard bugs, and immediate rejection of my otherwise excellent MIDI keyboard as a workaround, I cannot grant any more than 3 stars as it really isn't fit for purpose quite yet. At almost £40 for an iOS app, this should not even be an issue... I look forward to a good overhaul of these bugs and maybe someday I can use the app for what it is intended.
If you want that classic eighties sound in your tracks, this app is a must have. All the samples are the originals and the app itself is based on Ryrie’s and Vogel’s operating system. In other words, this is about as original as it gets.
It’s ironic that I use this app to sample the sounds from the original 80s sampler into BeatMaker 3. Interestingly, it was savvy producers 30 years ago sampling those same sounds into the likes of a cheap Atari ST that caused the Fairlight’s demise in the first place. I love the symmetry.
This app seeks to emulate the first real music computer - and it does so in a fun way. The samples take you straight back to the early eighties - think Scritti Politti and Trevor Horn, and there is plenty in there to keep you entertained.
My only qualm is the price. Compare to Moog who have released their supreme Animoog on the iPad for 69p. I do not feel that this is worth the hefty price tag, to get what is nowadays a very primitive sampler/sequencer - even if it used to cost $20,000 back in the day.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.