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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417 Responses to CMI App for iPad and iPhone

  1. avatar Mike Ross says:

    Very cool. How do I interface the keyboard from my original CMI I? 😉

    (Actually half-serious; the CMI keyboard is an RS232 data stream IIRC so… anyone make a Lightning-RS232 adapter?!)

    • avatar Thomas says:

      Mike, assuming you are talking about the music keyboard, what you need is an RS232 to MIDI converter, there are a few around and you can build your own. The CMI app responds to Core Midi, so any device that can input MIDI to iOS will work. That includes docks as well as USB MIDI connected via the lightning USB or camera adaptor.
      Have fun!

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