(Subject to change as software development is ongoing)

The original CMIs owe their unique, organic sound to the peculiarities and limitations of the digital and analogue hardware of the time. The CMI-30AX faithfully reproduces all these acoustic quirks. Thanks to this use of programmable digital and analogue hardware, each channel has its own “randomness” which gives the combined output the rich analogue CMI sound. 

See the CMI-30A in Action (CMI-30AX is still in development)

Video 1: First peekVideo 2: SamplingVideo 3: Real-time effects


CMI-30AX Hardware


– Click here to download 2-page PDF flyer –

Free-standing unit, 3GB sample RAM, 500GB SATA hard drive, DVD R/W drive, USB ports

Audio Outputs:
2 channels analogue, balanced XLR
2 channels analogue monitor mix, balanced XLR (front and rear panel access), and headphones (6.5mm TRS)
Dynamic range > 90 dB (unweighted)
THD < 0.002% @ 1kHz, -1dBFS
Frequency response +0.05 / -2 dB, 20 Hz – 20kHz
Digital: S/PDIF

Audio Inputs:
2 channels analogue mic/line inputs balanced XLR, switchable 48V phantom power
Sample rate: 44.1, 48kHz
THD < 0.002% @ 1kHz, -1dBFS
Frequency response +0.05 / -2 dB, 20 Hz – 20kHz
Digital: 2 channels S/PDIF

Other I/O:
MIDI, MIDI Timecode in and out, 5 pin DIN
Word Clock

100-240V AC, 265W

Welded steel enclosure. Width 58cm Depth 50cm Height 30cm, 32kg (blame it on heavy metal)

Monitor Display: LCD 17” 1280 x 1024 pixels.Lightpen: Pointer with left/right click button. Precision machined stainless steel for superior feel. Option: Left handed (lightpen to left of screen) – no cost option

Power: 100-240V AC, 50W

Physical: Welded steel enclosure. Width 51cm Depth 28cm Height 38cm, 12kg

QWERTY keyboard

85 keys, USB output

Physical: Welded aluminium enclosure. Width 34cm Depth 19cm Height 5.6cm, 1.1kg

Action: Fatar 76 key TP40GH with weighted keys and graded hammer action for a real piano feel, velocity and channel aftertouch.
Outputs: MIDI and USBControls: Pedal inputs (6.5mm) x 3, pitch wheel, mod wheel, 3 assignable rotary controls, 2 assignable switches, assignable multitouch controller

Power: 100-240V AC, 9W

Physical: Handmade wooden enclosure. Width 130cm Depth 44cm Height 9.5cm, 25kg

Custom Flight Cases
Optional: Distinctive custom flight cases designed and manufactured for the CMI-30AX.

The system fits into three cases as shown here.

CMI-30AX Software

The original Fairlight CMIs were renowned not only for their superb sound quality, but also their elegant and intuitive software.

The CMI-30AX combines the very best features of the Series II and III, with significant new developments. Here are some highlights:

The classic “Page R” sequencer is retained but is expanded to 24 tracks. Real-time or step-time recording in pattern and linear modes is supported with graphical or event based editing.


24 polyphonic instruments, each containing up to 1024 samples, are simultaneously available for playback by the music keyboard, the internal sequencer or an external source of MIDI. Sound quality for each instrument and sample is individually and continuously variable using the unique “goodness” control which extends from emulating the sonic quirks of the Series I, II, and III to providing the “best possible” 24-bit floating point quality.


Each sample in each instrument has its own set of modulation parameters, (filter, envelopes, LFOs, etc), with each parameter being able to be controlled by one of 100 user defined functions, (draw your own ADSR, filter cutoff curve, etc).


The Soundry page allows sounds to be synthesised using additive harmonic synthesis with an unlimited number of partials, each with its own user definable pitch and amplitude envelope. It also introduces convolution synthesis allowing an unlimitied number of samples and partials to be mixed or convolved. This is capable of producing genuinely novel sounds such as a guitar with the resonant body of a grand piano or a human voice with the grain and decay of a crash cymbal. A rotatable 3D sound display reminiscent of the original “Page D” allows sounds to be viewed in detail from any angle.



Users provided significant input to the features of the original Fairlight CMI. This is also the case with CMI-30AX. Just think, you could have a hand in shaping this classic instrument! Click on the “Forum” link in the navigation bar above.


For system and option pricing, please click on the “BUY” link in the navigation bar above. Oh ok… click here.

Width 34cm Depth 19cm Height
5.6cm, 1.1kg