lundi 17 août 2009

Une ré-édition du Fairlight CMI pour le 30e anniversaire de la bête

Samedi dernier, mon ami Pascal Bony, qui comme vous le savez est une des éminences grises de FalconStor mais aussi un fondu de synthétiseurs, m'a envoyé un mail m'alertant sur le fait que Peter Vogel ré-éditait un Fairlight 30A l'an prochain. Ahh issonsournoi ces Australiens, nous faire ça pendant qu'on est en vacances !!
Pour le prix, ben c'est pas les 120 000,00€ de l'époque mais 'que' les 17 000,00 + 2 000,00 € d'option que vous coûterait votre pauvre Opel Zaphira :( Pour l'instant je reste sur mon bon vieux IIx et sa page 'R' d'origine !
Souhaitons que Peter proposera plus tard le logiciel et la carte son qui vont bien pour un prix ... plus abordable. J'ai envoyé un mail à Peter le lui suggérant ainsi que la proposition de l'intégration de la technologie de Stephen Kay proposée par Korg sur le Karma ou l'Oasys.... on ne sait jamais. Plus d'infos sur le site du constructeur :

Voici la description trouvée sur :

The $17,000 Fairlight CMI 30A Computer Musical Instrument - 14Aug09

Vogel has posted additional information on the new Fairlight CMI 30A at the Fairlight site.Unfortunately, the projected price for the new Fairlight CMI 30A is expected to be approximately US $17,000 and the additional music keyboard option US $2,000.Here’s what that $17,000 will buy you:

Description :
The CMI-30A will utilise the immense power of the latest Fairlight Crystal Core media processor (CC-1). It will not only faithfully reproduce the original sound but go well beyond the original capabilities in a dramatically smaller and more reliable physical form.
The 30A will look like and perform like the original CMI, although the mainframe will be much lighter, for portability. The look and feel of the user interface will also be similar to the original, with classic retro green on black graphics. A replica of the original music keyboard will also be available as an option, or you can use your own MIDI keyboard.
The software will combine the very best of the early Series II and III, with a number of significant new features. Sound quality of 8-bit, 16-bit, or “best quality” 36-bit floating point can be selected and existing Fairlight users can import their entire sample libraries. Even better, non-Fairlight sounds from any source, such as WAV files, can be imported and played with the classic Fairlight sound.The Fairlight 30A will have sixteen analogue and one digital (MADI) output. However, unlike the earlier CMIs, any one physical output could offer dozens of voices.

All the original Fairlight sound libraries from both the CMI-IIX and the III will be included, plus a huge selection of samples collected from the past 30 years.

CMI-30A Provisional Hardware Specifications
(as at 13 August 2009)
System Components:
- Mainframe — free-standing and adaptable to rack mount, includes 750GB SATA hard drive, DVD R/W drive, USB ports.
- Monitor — 15″ with lightpen (passive stylus)
- Alpha-numeric keyboard
- Music keyboard — weighted, velocity sensitive, MIDI, 6 octaves, 73 keys with pitchbend.

- 24 channels analogue, balanced XLR
- 2 channels analogue monitor mix, balanced XLR
- Dynamic range > 100 dB (unweighted)
- THD < style="text-align: justify;">The original Fairlight CMIs were renowned for not only their superb sound quality, but also their elegant and intuitive software.
The CMI-30A will combine the very best features of the Fairlight series IIX and the III, with considerable new developments. The “page”, and “sub-page” system will be retained, allowing users to easily navigate around a particular set of functions, while “help pages”, effectively the relevant sections of the user manual, will be only a key-click away.
Sound acquisition, whether through sampling or importing, will be as easy as ever, with playback quality switchable between series I, II, or III quality, or “best possible” 36-bit floating point.
Page DWaveform drawing and FFT sound generation will be available, with the ease of use of the earlier systems. There will also be the ever popular “Page D” display page, expanded to vary the viewpoint (such as rotation) of a 3D sample.Many existing CMI users have requested modulation and live performance controls be given particular consideration. Accordingly, there will be provisions to patch many sources to a variety of functions. Sources will include hand-drawable ADSR generators, sample and holds, LFOs, noise and keyboard following will be patchable to any parameter, such as pitch, filter frequency, filter resonance and many more. It will also be possible to cross modulate samples (ring modulation). Of course, external MIDI control of these parameters will also be available.
The classic “Page R” sequencer will be retained, plus some valuable upgrades such as increasing the number of tracks to 80 (to be confirmed).

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