Fairlight @ 23 December 2014, Comments Off on Fairlight CMI Series I

Fairlight CMI Series I“I

Extremely rare, complete, and sounds amazing. This one is under serial number 30 and was made in 1980. Lots of disks and documentation.

I feel the Series one has the best sound of the pre III models. It has more punch and musical aliasing when you open up the filter. I have a set of Series one cards for my IIx and own a series III so I know these samplers extremely well. I will post a demonstration video in the next few days comparing it to the IIx. Software cannot come close and the sample disks I’ve heard don’t capture the magic either.

I doubt you’ll ever see a working, complete Series One like this ever. I cannot remember seeing one for sale in over a decade. The last one sold was a later II series.

It needs a good home. Not just a collector but someone that will take care of it, use it and pass it on to the next generation. This is a very reluctant sale. I’m moving so a lot of great gear has to go.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Fairlight @ 21 October 2014, Comments Off on Fairlight VT-5 Voicetracker

Fairlight VT-5 Voicetracker“The Fairlight VT-5 Voicetracker is an excellent way to convert any monophonic performance into various control voltage or MIDI output signals. Control voltage outputs for Pitch, Gate, Level, Bright and Purity make this a great source for controlling modular synthesizers.

This Voicetracker has been tested and is fully functional, although some of the keys sometimes require a second or heavy press. A User Manual and screen grabs of all function screens is included.

Also included is a small NTSC monitor to see the various displays and for programming. This small monitor is convenient and good in a pinch, but I recommend using a larger monitor for obvious reasons.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Fairlight @ 29 July 2014, Comments Off on Fairlight CMI III

“Offered for sale is a very rare, fully functional, vintage classic Fairlight CMI III computer musical instrument workstation in excellent condition. The system is a late model, and as such has the latest and best in technical innovations, whilst still retaining the classic legendary sound of the CMI. It comes with BOTH the original monochrome monitor AND a colour graphics card and LCD clour screen, to give you the best of both worlds. It takes only five minutes to swap between mono and colour.

This system is an all original “numbers match” one, where the serial numbers are closely linked, showing all the components left the factory at the same time. Some systems you might see advertised have been “cobbled” together from various parts.

The system has the latest 9.34 software, and has 16 voices, and both colour graphics, AND original mono graphics and monitor. It also comes with a 17” LCD screen. Instead of the usual 14 Mbytes RAM memory fitted as standard from the factory, this unit has a brand new 32 Mbyte card, which is the maximum possible in these systems.

There is a 4 Gbyte internal hard drive filled with sound libraries as follows:
 Complete Fairlight library, Prosonus Strings, Brass, Percussion, Sound 
Genesis strings, plus many libraries collected over the last 20 years 
dealing with top producers and musicians. These include libraries from: Pet 
Shop Boys, Trevor Horn, Hans Zimmer, Frankie goes to Hollywood, Art of Noise and many, many others. The complete Fairlight IIX library is also included.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Fairlight @ 29 April 2014, Comments Off on Fairlight CMI

“Fairlight CMI Series III 9.34 with Computer Music System.

LOCAL PICKUP ONLY!

These are just the cell phone pictures we took when we picked the Synth up. Some of it is not photographed.

System is ready for MFX i believe and loaded with sounds.

Solid good working system, boots everytime fine.

CMI Weighted Keyboard.

Alpha Keyboard.

VGA Terminal Monitor 1

VGA Terminal 2

Instruction and referenence manuals.

Cables.

1 Voice card needs looking at and so does the graphics pen.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Fairlight @ 17 September 2013, Comments Off on Fairlight CVI

“Original Classic Fairlight CVI – the video lightshow visuals generator-controller. I’ve had this forever (you can tell by the serial # – but never caught on to using it and only played with it a little. Just tested and everything appears to work, tho i don’t know more than drawing and making it move in a continuous cycle. I fed a camera through and could refresh the screen for new drawing. Includes the CPU, the control panel with ribbon cable attached and the operator manual, and an AC cord. Cosmetically mostly OK other than some sticker residue on the control panel near the touch panel.there’s some shrinking of the surface at the top and bottom of the panel – but the touch panel itself seems to work ok, though accuracy was never a feature – the monitor in the photo is not included.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Fairlight @ 04 September 2012, Comments Off on Fairlight CMI III

“Offered for sale is a very rare, fully functional, vintage classic Fairlight CMI III computer musical instrument workstation in excellent condition. The system is a late model, in a sexy black tower case and as such has the latest and best in technical innovations, whilst still retaining the classic legendary sound of the CMI. This was my own studio system which I’m now selling as I have a rack series III (see last picture), which occupies less floorspace, which pleases my wife considerably.

The system has the latest 11.39 software (or I could install revision 9.34. They both have the same features, but the rev 11 is faster – especially given the size of the supplied libraries). It has 16 voices, colour graphics card, and 24 output router. It also comes with a 17” LCD screen. Instead of the usual 14 Mbytes RAM memory fitted as standard from the factory, this unit has a brand new 32 Mbyte card, which is the maximum possible in these systems. It also has a digital sampler module and a Turbo-SCSI card: It is therefore fully optioned with the last and best revisions of both hardware and software. The alpha-numeric keyboard which contains the graphic pad and pen is BRAND NEW AND BOXED. There is no music keyboard, however any MIDI keyboard or external computer/sequencer will work brilliantly.

The libraries supplied with this system are as follows:
Complete Fairlight library, Prosonus Strings, Brass, Percussion, Sound 
Genesis strings, plus many libraries collected over the last 20 years 
dealing with top producers and musicians. These include libraries from: Pet 
Shop Boys, Trevor Horn, Hans Zimmer, Frankie goes to Hollywood, Art of Noise and many, many others. The complete Fairlight IIX library is also included.

An external empty 4 Gbyte hard disc, with spare system softwares can also be supplied for a minimal additional cost.

The system will be serviced, have a full set of manuals, all leads, latest firmware, and come with 3 months warranty. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Fairlight @ 28 February 2012, Comments Off on Fairlight Voicetracker VT-5

“I am selling a Voice Tracker VT-5. This is an extremely rare pitch to voltage/pitch to midi unit with a built in synthesizer made by Fairlight. The unit I have has one of the later revisions of the softare (including the harmony mode). It was sold to me by an ex-Fairlight tech years ago. The unit has a prototype faceplate. I am also including an extra set of buttons and a transformer. I am including the original service and operating manuals. From the Holmes page:

In 1985, Fairlight Instruments introduced the Voicetracker VT-5, a device that allows you to operate MIDI and control voltage synthesizers with your voice or any monophonic instrument, rather than with a MIDI keyboard. It was priced at US$2495 when it first came out.

The Voicetracker’s 8MHz 68008 CPU analyzes an input signal to determine the pitch and harmonic content of the sound (such as dynamics and breathiness). It takes about 1ms plus several cycles of the incoming sound to determine the pitch. As you might guess, the pitch information is output as MIDI note values and analog control voltages, while the harmonic content analysis can be used to control a synthesizer’s filters (among other things).

The Voicetracker can be used to “double” parts, either live or from tape. The original sound can be either enhanced with the doubling sound, or replaced completely by it. The Voicetracker can follow the original pitch exactly, or quantize it to semitone steps.

Like other Fairlight products, the Voicetracker was continually updated, so not all Voicetrackers have the same features. Within a year after its introduction, Fairlight added the capability to perform “intelligent harmonization” — up to seven note harmony in a designated scale. You can create six harmony setups and switch between them in real time. This capability allows one singer to provide the sound of an entire choir. This is particulary effective if the synthesizer is patched through a vocoder, which imposes the singer’s vocal characteristics on the synthesized sound.

Either microphone- or line-level sound sources can be fed into the Voicetracker. These signals are fed right back out unaltered, so that they can be sent to a mixing console. Also, an audio source can be fed into the Voicetracker’s voltage controlled amplifier.

The digital inputs and outputs include MIDI in, out, and through. The Voicetracker can send MIDI note messages, along with key velocity, pitch bend, and other controls. There are also patchable footswitch jacks and a serial port for connection to a computer.

The analog outputs (pitch, gate, envelope, brightness, and purity) run from 0 to +5V, with the pitch output at 1 volt per octave. The Voicetracker also contains a built-in synthesizer, with dual DCO and DCF, which is used primarily for practice.

Although the box itself is a fairly attractive package, the video screen interface is a bit primitive looking. But perhaps that is not surprising considering that it was designed to appear on a relatively low resolution video (TV) monitor.

When a video monitor (NTSC or PAL format) is connected to the Voicetracker the pitch information is presented in a scrolling display. The frequencies can be shown in reference to a simulated on-screen piano keyboard or a numerical scale. The scrolling speed and direction can be altered, a visual metronome can be enabled, and you can zoom in until the screen shows just two semi-tones.

My voicetracker is fully operational; however, it needs a new battery to store presets (which means you have to configure it for whatever purpose you are intending each time you set it up, unless you change the battery). Due to the age of the unit (and Fairlight’s lack of support), it is obviously being sold in as is condition, as used equipment.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Fairlight @ 21 December 2010, Comments Off on Fairlight CMI Voicetracker VT-5

“This auction is for this fully functional Fairlight VT-5 Pitch-CV / Pitch-Midi computer.
I’ve used it a couple of times and it really is the fastest pitch tracking console I know of.
Best for vocal or guitar signals (not so good at tracking low bass but you can make the synth you’re controlling go as low as you like with the inbuilt octave up-down function).
If you have an analog synth such as a korg MS-10 or MS-20 or another modular or synth with many control inputs you can control the
Pitch, Gate, Volume, Brightness (VCF cut-off frequency) and Purity (noise level?) and all simultaneously!
It’s cosmetic condition is pretty great for it’s age but there are a couple of small scratches.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.