CMI App for iPad and iPhone

Developed in Australia during the ’70s and ’80s, the Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) was the first commercial sampler and screen-based rhythm sequencer. Today every sampler, digital synthesizer, 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.

You can Buy and download the Pro App from the App Store, or if you are not sure you want the Pro features, you can get the Player App and play original Fairlight CMI sounds and sequences straight away. Then if you want to create your own masterpieces you can use the in-app upgrade process to get all the Pro features listed in the Features page.

You can find an audio montage of CMI App sounds, made by a Fairlight customer, on SoundCloud.

Feature comparisonFeedback, FAQ and Support

Video Guide 1
Features Overview
Video Guide 2
Player vs. Pro
Video Guide 3
Voice Sampling

Accepts input from Core MIDI devices. A great way to get quality audio into the new sampling feature in version 1.1 is via iRig Mic, and the perfect support for your iPad is iKlip.

Compatible with iRig MicCompatible with iKlip



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411 Responses to CMI App for iPad and iPhone

  1. avatar Matthew Cragg says:

    Are there plans to release the rest of the CMI III library as well as any other famous II or III sounds that you might have that weren’t in the original libraries? Even though I paid for the “pro” version of the app I would pay even more again via in-app purchase for such a library expansion. That would be awesome.

    • avatar Thomas says:

      Matthew, the real CMI III sound sets (like sound fonts) are absolutely huge. There’s no way we could deploy an app that contained more than a handful without running into Apple’s download limit. However, adding the ability to purchase and download sound sets is on our list… a fair way down because of lack of demand. I’ll add your vote.

  2. avatar Pelto says:

    Do you have plans to make Android version?

    • avatar Thomas says:

      Sorry, Pelto, we have no plans for that. The CMI App relies heavily on Apple’s Core Audio and Core MIDI libraries.

  3. avatar Paul Grace says:

    I would LOVE this as a AU plug-in to run inside Logic Pro…If you look at the success of Vintage synth software companies I’m sure that the Fairlight would be very popular. Cheers

    • avatar Thomas says:

      Paul, we’d love that too. The trouble is that it’s a big task to translate an iOS App into an AU plugin, well outside the developer resources we have available at present. I’ve added your vote for that.

  4. avatar PikaSka says:

    Where can I download .rs files?

    • avatar Thomas says:

      The Pro app already contains all the .RS files available to us. If you mean where can you get new .RS files, Google would be your friend. A while ago we raised the idea of a public CMI file exchange, but had an underwhelming response.

  5. avatar Handy says:

    Great app, we’ll check the Player App first.

  6. Andy, not in the near future. It is a huge job to convert an iOS app to a VST plugin. Cartel de santa

  7. avatar Allan says:

    I’m new to iOS, so this question may seem sophomoric, but how does the app accept MIDI input if not for the now-obsolete Midi Mobiliser and SynthStation?

    • avatar Thomas says:

      Allan, the CMI App will accept MIDI from any Core MIDI compatible input, including physical devices (there are a lot of those around), WiFi MIDI and Bluetooth LE MIDI. You can still use the MIDI Mobilizer and SynthStation if you use an app like MidiBridge to convert their input to Core MIDI.

  8. avatar K says:

    Is it possible to sample at a 8bit14k from the built in mic and is it possible to import wav or aif files with such rates
    I try to look for this but couldn’t find anything on it.

    • avatar Thomas says:

      Hi there. Sorry, it is not yet possible to sample 8 bit 14K in the CMI App. However, you can import a WAV file of pretty much any sample rate and bit depth. Just make sure you set the native pitch of the file so that it plays at the correct pitch.

  9. avatar Ronald says:

    After updating my app to 2.0, the waveform page has a button that says “update to pro”. But I already have the pro version…..? Any ideas ?

  10. avatar Wim says:

    Can you tell me what the “goodness control” of the Fairlight does? Are ther sound examples on the web and will it ever be included in the pro version of the app?

    • avatar Thomas says:

      The 30th Anniversary CMI has a Goodness control that allows a range of sound qualities, from CMI I through CMI II, CMI III and beyond. It uses some very powerful DSP hardware to achieve this, so it is not possible to do it in an iPhone. The iOS app supports CMI II and CMI III quality, and the upcoming Page 6 feature allows choice of sample quality slightly beyond these when creating a new voice.

  11. avatar timex70 says:

    Hi folks,
    are there any plans to improve the “Page D” specs?
    the waveform drawing from
    segment 1 to 128 with merge / morphing function would be nice….
    as for me for a few bucks more

    • avatar Thomas says:

      The bad news: the CMI App’s Page D is already more powerful than Page D on the original CMI II, and we don’t plan to extend it.
      The good news: we soon plan to add Page 6 to the CMI App, with all the features of the original CMI II Page 6.

  12. avatar App says:

    Fairlight CMI sounds on my iPad!! Yess!! Thank you!

  13. avatar Andy Harrison says:

    Hi will the fairlight app will ther be a vst version to add to my studio program thanks andy

    • avatar Thomas says:

      Andy, not in the near future. It is a huge job to convert an iOS app to a VST plugin.

      • avatar BoWi says:

        Not as huge as it is with the real stuff? Saying that as an “user” not familiar with C; C+; C++ or whatver you are using! I’m certainly looking forward for a VSTi plug-in as well as an stand-alone-version!

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