Synth Site: Fairlight: Series III: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.9 out of 5
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David Morley a professional user from Germany writes:
I just got mine and it is fantastic! The sound is amazing and the sequencing on page R is still the quickest way to get something going. the CAPS sequencer is also interesting but I'm missing the supplement for that so if anyone can help, please e-mail. It is so nice to work on just one machine, avoiding MIDI and all it's timing delays. Easy to use and fun too. I've seen them going for under $6000 and that is a serious bargain. Everything is built without cost restrictions and it shows.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-18-1999 at 06:36
Vikram Ghatpande a professional user from India writes:
First things first, I'm a service engineer working for the local dealer for Fairlight in India. We have a CMI Series III in the office which has come for repairs. Unfortunately the CPU card on it is busted, so i have been unable to hear it as yet. (We are in the proccess of getting it upgraded to a Fairlight MFX II) The newer Fairlight recorder (MFX3+) sounds great and I can't wait to hear the older machine. Would like to get intouch with users of the Series III or the MFX II and find out the functionality, as we are short on documentation

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-14-1998 at 09:18
Guido Seifert a part time user from Hagen/Germany writes:
The CMI was one of (as I know) two instruments, that were able to recognize

&quot;Key-Off-Velocity&quot;. I like the non-filtered transposition-effect ;)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
Arp a hobbyist user from England writes:
Something of a legend (although in America the synth was overlooked in favour of New England Digital's Synclavier), the Fairlight started out as a clever sampling/wavetable synth workstation (with a terrible keyboard setup, especially compared to the Synclavier's modified Sequential Circuits T3) and ended up as a fully-fledged hard-disk recording/sound-editing/movie soundtrack producing workstation (with a terrible keyboard setup). Like the Synclavier and mainframe computers (and the whole 'big-technology' concept in general) it's day has passed - although the CMI system 3 is still an incredibly capable piece of equipment, it doesn't do much more than a well-specified PC with a proper sound card. However, the rarity of the system and it's enormous pose-value (Jean Michel Jarre, the Art of Noise, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel and, er, Asia (Geoff Downes used two on stage, along with a huge range of other keyboards, and he often remarked that he would need seven or eight Fairlights just to get by (thank god those days are passed) all based a large component of their sound at one point around the unit, especially AON) means that everybody wants one in their bedroom. As such it is almost impossible to mark.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
Mars Kelly a professional user from USA writes:
I own both the Synclavier and the Fairlight Series III computers. I love them both but for different reasons. I especially like the Rhythm Composer in the Fairlight for its speed and ease of use. The Synclavier is a more powerful and flexible system (epecially with the D-to-D recorder) but is more difficult and cumbersome to operate. I am considering selling one or the other but haven't decided yet which one I could live without.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
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