There seems to be a growing trend amongst software instrument developers in recent years of bundling their goods up into an “ultimate” package and offering that package at a considerable discount to their customers over the combined prices of the individual, component items. This has a number of effects. Firstly, the user community tend to […]
Not much to add to the video, so sit back and enjoy and try and stay awake!!
Apologies for the title, especially to Ian, if by some chance he is following the progress of my restoration of his old Fairlight, but all is explained in the video below, which I shot the other day as I began work on restoring the music keyboard of the Series III CMI that I have here. […]
I know, I know!! It’s been ages since any kind of update on the Fairlight restoration. I have good reason, having recently moved house. That whole process takes time (and money) and today I finally managed to open up the flight cases and bring the beast upstairs to my new studio. So, it’s in my […]
As I am becoming increasingly aware with my work restoring a Series III Fairlight CMI, probably the weakest link in its chain is its storage method, I.E. its disk drives. The first two series of the CMI relied on 8″ floppy disk drives. Back then, these were current technology, but they were still fragile and […]
Besides being a musical genius, former frontman of Genesis and all round world music champion, Peter Gabriel was also one of the first to fully exploit the Fairlight CMI in a successful way. It’s almost as if the machine was designed for someone of his ability, a natural disposition to find music in everything. It […]
After a couple of successful stints on the MSI Labs podcast, Ian and Rich were very kind to ask me to do an interview for them, to which I happily obliged. Here is the result!
Since picking up the Fairlight, I’ve not had much time to do anything to it, what with work and then having two weeks vacation. Similarly, my ‘supervisor’, the Fairlight Grand Master, Peter Wielk, has been globe trotting, primarily in America (New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco). You will have seen that a box of […]
On Thursday, I received a letter from Parcel’Farce’, a parcel courier here in the UK, informing me that Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs had decided to levy import VAT on a parcel from Australia. One the one hand, I was delighted as this was a major step towards firing up the CMI. On the other […]
I think it’s fair to say that, of all the digital, sampling behemoths of the late 70s and early 80s, the New England Digital Synclavier was probably the biggest, most expensive, most desirable of all. Why? Well, it was, arguably, far superior sonically than its competitors and had a far higher level of specification in […]