Being one who has drooled over the Fairlight CMI since the 80s, and having recently had both the pleasure and displeasure of playing around with the Arturia CMI V, it got me thinking. Was just listening to Jarre's Zoolook album (see attached), which was almost entirely produced on the Fairlight CMI, and I was wondering if anyone here is aware of other albums produced at least mainly on the Fairlight CMI, preferably albums that are very strange and inventive?
Would love to know of any you know of, so as long as it uses large amounts of Fairlight CMI like this one does, feel free to post it
ARTURIA CMI V
Also, for anyone curious, I played around with the demo version of CMI V from Arturia, but have mixed feelings about it. The plus side is that it's truly a Fairlight CMI for a fraction of the cost, well, almost. And that's the problem you see, the "almost" part. What Arturia fail to tell you is that, despite the emulation being based on the worlds most famous sampler, it actually does not sample at all. That's right, the most important feature of the Fairlight CMI, it's ability to sample, is completely missing. You have no idea how frustrating this is for me after reading that finally we have a stand-alone Fairlight CMI emulation that even includes the sequencer. I mean, how ridiculous does it get to go to all that trouble, even promote it as a "spot-on" emulation of the Farlight CMI, when the thing doesn't even do sampling and resampling?
I could go on for hours about how incredibly good the rest of it is, but sadly it's let down by those two desperately missing features, and two serious workflow issues:
- No sampling (missing feature)
- No re-sampling (missing feature)
- After using arrow keys to select sounds, the sound browser does not load them after pressing enter (workflow issue)
- The sequencer doesn't allow you to specify the key used in a sequnce slot by pressing a note on a MIDI keyboard (workflow issue)
Those issues might not sound like much, but for a Fairlight fanatic like myself to avoid buying the product because of those things, trust me, they're a lot bigger issue than you might think. It's such a shame, I could forgive the workflow issues at a push (although they could easily be fixed), but the complete lack of sampling and resampling on a sampler emulation, is just not on. If this thing was truly what they claim it to be, then they should have a modeled input stage with sampling and resampling ability in there.
If anyone bought a copy, or knows anyone at Arturia, please post a link to this thread so that those in charge at Arturia can see it. If they truly value feedback then they might even thank you for it as I'm guessing these omissions will be quietly pissing-off a whole bunch of Fairlight fanatics who thought they finally had a self-contained Fairlight CMI DAW - but still do not. I can only hope that Arturia will see this and fix the four issues pointed out above, in an update. If they did that, the Arturia V would truly be the next best thing to owning an actual Fairlight CMI.
Why is there always a spanner in the works?
Edited by Renoised, 28 December 2017 - 12:32.