This was brought to my attention today by Peter Vogel. An individual by the name of “Audiö Hoarder” contacted Peter about a piece of gear he acquired that looked similar to some of the internals of a Fairlight CMI, but clearly wasn’t one. Here’s what they had to say about it…
“It was bought from the Washington area. I came across a curious synthesizer online a while ago. I have looked into the individual chips, and they seem reminiscent of the Fairlight CMI, but it is not a Fairlight.
It is composed of a similar chip architecture. It has 2 Motorola digital chips, some Fairchild 8Bit DAC chips and envelopes, an odd purple 8bit DAC chip that is relative to one made by Analog Devices, and a Buttersworth lopass filter chip per voice. The big difference seems to be that it uses a 40 pin NEC CPU instead of the 40 pin Motorola CPU. The keyboard is a pre-assembled component.”
It very much looks like a prototype, and Peter said that it looked very much like something he could’ve made, but that it definitely wasn’t. You can totally see why someone might think this had something to do with Fairlight.
Can anyone out there tell us what this is? Click on the individual images for full sizes.
Drop me a line or leave a comment below if you have any clues or ideas as to what this might be