This is a piece I wrote for Iconic Underground magazine for my column "Synth Nodes" on the Fairlight CMI, the worlds 1st DAW & Built-In Sampler
This is the story of the Fairlight CMI. Better known simply as the Fairlight, it is a story of some of the most humble yet innovative individuals involved in the development of synthesis and sampling history. The makers of the Fairlight CMI had accidentally invented sampling but due to the fact that sampling used real sounds as opposed to synthesised sounds, they felt that they had somehow cheated at what they were trying to achieve.
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