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 Pty Ltd Australia

What’s New

Version 2.4.3

2.4.3 ---

• Better iOS 14 compatibility
• Fixed random crash on startup

2.4.1 ---

• Better iOS 13 compatibility
• Replaces the obsolete channel volume setting with a mixer output setting (for some external audio devices that were saturating)

2.4 ----

New Features
* Use Audiobus to connect, map and route MIDI inputs and outputs from physical devices and other apps, including individual inputs for each channel card synth as well as one for Page R MMC (start/stop control)
* The on-screen keyboard now shows which voice it will play, and automatically mirrors the first instrument channel when an instrument is selected
* New settings to control how external MIDI events are routed to the selected voice and Page R recording
* The selected voice now has its own MIDI channel, so you now have a 9-channel synthesiser
* Page 2 instrument voices now list their assigned MIDI channel number
* Page S (Sampler) tightened timing on recording start-- no longer records the last beep
* Improvements in iOS 12 and future compatibility

Bug Fixes
* fixes an occasional crash with MIDI in, especially in Page R
* fixes a crash in iOS 12 on phones when moving from Page 3 to Page R
* fixes the missing music keyboard in Page R on some phones
* fixes the crash when using the very quirky “MIDI by turns” setting
* fixes loss of audio after phone call interruption
* fixes the newsletter subscription process in the settings
* fixes audio shutdown and buzzing noise in background when Audiobus is connected and the "background audio" setting is off

NOTE: although this app appears as a source and destination for Inter App Audio, it is not configured to do so. Use Audiobus to route audio to and from apps that need IAA.

Ratings and Reviews

1.5 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Red_produkt ,

Broken keyboard

I am still to experience this app in working fashion, the keyboard sticks and sometimes randomly scrolls to the highest or lowest portion, making it unusable. I expected a fix in this version but no dice. My most expensive app purchase and so far the worst, based on this and the last version of the software.

Marsbardj88 ,

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.

CopyBoy UK ,

That Eighties sound...

I hesitated initially as to whether to buy the Pro version but boy am I glad that I did. After a few days I am still knocked-out by the App. Thirty years ago I could but dream of owning a Fairlight. The attention to detail in the App is worthy of the original and I'm impressed by the dedication and responsiveness of today's Fairlight team to develop this product. Check out the comments on the Chat pages of their website to see that upgrades and fine-tuning the product are being taken seriously.

Sadly, many potential purchasers may not realise what has been made available with this App. The Pro version is not cheap by AppStore standards but this is no fly-by-night product. Read the history of Fairlight; break out those 1980s albums. Listen, learn and then grab this opportunity to make sounds and songs the way that so many top artists did. I'm still pinching myself. I'VE GOT A FAIRLIGHT! Thank you Fairlight a thousand times. If nothing else, this has justified the purchase of my iPad 2.

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