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Travel back in time to the dawn of electronic music with this strange retro app – a MIDI player preloaded with 500+ legendary Fairlight 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 Fairlight staff who worked on the CMI in the '80s. 


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

- 564 voices imported digitally.

- play the CMI voices from an external MIDI input (supports Core Midi, Line6 MidiMobilizer or Akai SynthStation), 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 5 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.

What's New in Version 1.5.11

• Song import is now fixed - no more silent playing
• Changing the instrument in the song detail screen now takes effect immediately, even if the song is playing.
• Selecting an instrument in Page 2 now loads its first voice into the on-screen music keyboard of the iPad.


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Customer Reviews

The CMI in the palm of your hand

The Fairlight CMI wasn't a soft synth or a keyboard workstation. It was a system. A dedicated hardware computer design, keyboard with keypad, and the CRT with light pen to edit waves, all integrated into an instrument with a singular character. It was possible to produce an album with the CMI and never touch tape. It would be unreasonable for anyone to expect a fully replicated CMI on an ipad.


I have used the CMI IIx samples from this app on a project, and the client responded quite honestly: "I didn't know you owned a Fairlight". Now, I did process the samples with low pass filters ( just like the original system did) and some vintage compression. But the voices themselves, the actual CMI samples, are all here, and it was that vintage vibe the client picked up on.

For ten bucks, or even fifty, you will not get the CMI III... And while I agree with one review regarding the additive capability and " lightpen" touchscreen editing being something we would like to see in future updates, the ability for me to access those classic sounds, and have a bit of nostalgic interaction thrown in gives me my bang for the buck.

And just try not to play Orch 2


Worst $50 I ever spent. This is a toy that I should have read more about. You're paying for a name. This app is an empty shell. Buyer beware.

Peter Vogel CMI
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $9.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated: Nov 20, 2013
  • Version: 1.5.11
  • Size: 68.6 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Peter Vogel Instruments Pty Ltd

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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