My colleague David Holloway has a nice piece for Keyboard Magazine on the Fairlight CMI, the ground-breaking keyboard / digital sampler. (The Fairlight is roughly tied with the Synclavier for first digital sampler, depending on how you count.)

Fairlight’s Peter Vogel [Keyboardmag.com]

Creator Peter Vogel talks about the (now-obvious) revelation that it might be easier to digitally sample sounds than recreate them through synthesis, and compares its importance in music to that of the equalizer. While Fairlight marches on, Vogel is turning to new projects, like technology for skipping TV ads. Now that’s progress. (Use the time you would’ve spent watching another SUV ad to make a song!)

And, of course, any opportunity to talk Fairlight is an opportunity to show funny old pictures of Kate Bush from the vintage pages of Keyboard!

  • Eric

    I remember that issue. Was surprised to notice that it's now 21 years old. Crap. *I'm* old. Those were coolest issues with the SoundPages, the little flexible tear-out 45's. Heh, I think that was the year I got my first synth, an SH-101 with the pitch bend neck and guitar strap (still have it). Good times, good times.

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