Tuesday, September 14, 2010

UGH! : The Fairlight CMI

The Fairlight CMI was a development of an earlier synthesizer called the Qasar M8, an attempt to create sound by modeling all of the parameters of a waveform in real time. Unfortunately, this was beyond the available processing power of the day, and the results were disappointing. In an attempt to make something of it, Vogel and Ryrie decided to see what it would do with a naturally recorded sound wave as a starting point. To their surprise the effect was remarkable, and the digital sampler was born--Analog sample-playback units using tape had been around since the 1950s, such as the Chamberlin keyboard and the Mellotron..........

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