Fairlight CMI Series III

“Here is your unique chance to buy a fully restored Fairlight CMI Series III that used on Terminator II: Judgement Day by Brad Fiedel.

Hello. My name is Andrei Kudryavtsev. If you’ve been tracking Fairlight sales, you probably saw my other restoration work. All systems that I sell are completely restored and refurbished to the original condition, as much as possible. They are also upgraded to modern standards providing better reliability and usability. This system is not the exception. It’s the legendary Fairlight owned by Brad Fiedel and used on T2 score. It took me over a year to finish this build. It arrived to me with a mess of previous repair over last 35 years. Failed parts were replaced by other boards not following versioning and compatibility. It required extensive work to get it up to date to Rev 9 standards which means the final CMI functionality. It’s running OS9.34 with all required hardware changes, with 16 voices 32MB sample memory, with SCSI2SD replacing original hard drive, USB2CMI replacing original Preh keyboard, and a VGA monitor. It has fully repainted the CMI mainframe, music keyboard.

Power supply section is brand new. Old switching PSU has been replaced with three modern PSUs, driving clear power rails and dedicated power rail for fans. Cooling section is brand new, replaced all fans with server grade fans and new fan speed controller with a separate zone management and thermal sensors. This system needs a new home, a person who will be using it to make the music and not being distracted by common failures. All of those have been addressed to make your life easier and bring new life into this wonderful machine. I should say a disclaimer anyway, that as is a vintage gear….it may fail any moment…and obviously no return offered. However, I’m offering you my help in learning this great machine, and so you get 10 hours of my time at no charge. You can use it for whatever you want – set up and install online, learning session, tutorials, technical support etc… I want to make you happy.

What’s included into the package:

1. Fairlight CMI Series III mainframe: Rev9.34, 16 voices, 32MB, Original Analog sample input card, SCSI2SD v6, cooling and PSU upgrades.

2. Fairlight CMI Series III music keyboard: restored, repainted.

3. USB2CMI keyboard adapter with Apple keyboard and mouse.

4. VGA Monitor, Video scaler, Green color adapter(if you want your fonts to be green)

5. Original Preh alphanumeric keyboard: restored and fully operational

6. Fairlight CMI Series III original green phosphor monitor: repainted, restored and fully operational

7. All necessary cables

8. A set of early manuals owned by Brad Fiedel, the current documentation is available for download

9. A set of three flight cases: mainframe is in its own case, music keyboard and all other peripherals in other one.

A special note regarding the sound libraries. You’ll receive everything that normal Fairlight user has access to, full factory set and extra libraries. You’ll not receive any Brad Fiedel sounds, sequencer files, etc which is a part of his IP. However, this data is restored from the original media and can only be provided with written permission of Mr. Fiedel. I respect NDA for all users I’m working with and this one is not the exception. Please, don’t ask. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Fairlight CMI

“I’ve decided to part with my my beloved Fairlight CMI Series IIX (w/midi) for Sale after owning it for over 20 years.
I’ve sold one other Fairlight IIX to Ko Okatate who services equipment in Japan at Modeless Factory years
ago and mentioned to me that “I made his Christmas” Once it was shipped and delivery to him in working
condition to Japan.

This particular Series IIX that I currently have for sale has a NEW original Light Pen. I believe it was apart of the last
few every every sold and manufactured by Information Control Corp. I have very very low hours for the over 20 years
that I have owned this Series IIX. I have recently Brought this Fairlight up to date to the current Millennium with the
Fairytale Interface which is a modified HxC controller that provides the computer driven logic for floppy disk communication
drive address selection and controller power. The controller emulates two 8” drives using removable SD cards as storage.

A few Sheena Easton disks, OS floppy’s are Included if you want to use them in the right floppy drive.
The 8 inch floppy drives on these systems are useless as they will fail and it is not recommend storage or retrieval
of any system data these days.” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Fairlight CVI

“(Note: The rain stopped for a while so I was able to do the quality outdoor photo layout you’ve come to expect from Synhouse since 1999 [and so many of those photos have been stolen all over the web]. Please disregard the compilation of some indoor photos taken during the testing and restoration work that I had first posted here, refresh your browser to see the new ones. If time permits, I’m going to have a Fairlight CMI [just CMI, the original and first one, not a II, IIX, IIIL, III…] auction containing all the difference parts between the original CMI and the IIX, $7,500.)

This is a very, very rare configuration of the Fairlight CVI (Computer Video Instrument) with the Fairlight Expansion Module CVI-06 .

Packing List

1) Mainframe electronics unit, serial number V 606 076, with the original black finish and orange graphic silkscreen, 110v NTSC version, has Astec 240v/

2) Fairlight Expansion Module CVI-06.

3) CVI Control Console with black finish. Truly excellent condition on this part, it needed almost no touchups, and has very, very little control surface wear. All slider caps and button caps are present, nothing is missing and nothing is worn.

4) 2 meter connecting cable.

5) Stylus pen.

6) USA IEC power cord.

7) Original Fairlight CVI manual in the original Fairlight binder. This is a sacrifice to let go of this one.

Again, please note that this is a USA 110v NTSC version. It is marked “NTSC” and is in very, very good restored cosmetic condition.

BTW, if the buyer wants a BUNCH of BNC video cables, or patch panels, or VTRs, or whatever, please inquire, I’m doing a major warehouse move and reorganization with a lot of things I don’t want to have to move or restock.

This is the latest version with the latest boards (REV 4 motherboard) and the latest software that I am aware of (rev. 7 ROMs), and I believe this to be one of the last ones made (the mainframe is V 606 076 and the motherboard is serial number 1084). It was either made in early 1987 or made in mid to late 1986 and upgraded in 1987.”
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