Travel back in time to the dawn of electronic music with this strange retro app – a MIDI player preloaded with 500+ legendary CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) sounds.

The first byte-perfect re-issue of the classic CMI sounds of the 80s, immortalised 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 includes a play-only demo of 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 have, in your pocket or on your iPad, a piece of history developed by Peter Vogel and other music nerds who worked on the Fairlight* CMI in the '80s. 


- browse and play the entire original CMI IIX Sounds floppy disk library

- 564 voices imported digitally.

- 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

- display voices graphically using the iconic Page D, and change your viewpoint by tilting your iPhone/iPad. 

- play built-in CMI Page R compositions or import and play compositions sent to you by others. 

- authentic CMI user interface experience, including floppy disk quirks. 


Use the in-App upgrade process to add “pro” features for an additional $39.99. Vogel CMI Pro App includes CMI III voices, the ability to compose 8 track songs using the Page R pattern sequencer, sampling your own voices from the microphone or line in and much more. See the “Vogel CMI Pro” app description for details.


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)

When I saw it yesterday and found out about it, I just about fainted!!
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)

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) 

All I can say is WOW!! I have put this thru my BIG speakers in my studio and put a little reverb on and the sound is stunning – SO what am I going to do with my Fairlight CMI-IIx now?? (Howard J Smith, 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 with the Pro upgrade, we recommend a minimum of iPod Touch 4G, iPhone 4 or iPad 2.

*Fairlight is a trademark of Pty Ltd Australia

What’s New

Version 2.3.2

Minor compatibility release

Ratings and Reviews

2.1 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Lazytesterssuck ,

Doesn’t seem to be supported now

I do like this app and even upgraded to the full version. The samples are very authentic. However it rarely loads up as an instrument in Cubase. Sometimes you can con it by opening up the app first then loading up Page R. I reported this bug via the support feedback form but got no response. The news feed seems dead and the last forum comment was over 6 months ago, so I’m guessing it’s no longer supported.

So I’d think twice now about spending out a fortune on the full version until we see some active support.

123mogli ,

Would give this -5 stars if possible

This sad app has been out for years now, bugs and all, with no apparent attempt to make it work. Make it work” means clean up the bugs. But no, that doesn’t happen. If you’re curious about the app because of rhe history o the instrument, that’s one thing. If you actually want a functioning app, that’s a different thing. Either way, I’ve since deleted this from my iPad. Now with Synclavier Go and IVCS3 there are any number of great simulations of historical synths that run and work as they should. But this sad app deserves a special award for the most disappointing one of all. Purchase this at your own peril. If you’re still using it, supporting it, and raving about it in a few months time, explain, please. I trust by now my own opinion is apparent. We’re talking waste of money, waste of time, waste of anything and everything.

FMC19 ,

Fairlight CMI App

I used to love this app but not any more as this is full of bugs the developers are seems to fix one issue and cause another issue they should do beat test before they released on App Store.

To sum up this app load of crap do not waste your money.


Peter Vogel Instruments Pty Ltd
87 MB

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011 Fairlight Instruments Pty Ltd
In-App Purchases
  1. CMI Pro Upgrade £38.99


  • Family Sharing

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