DIGGING IN THE CRATES
Developed in 1979 by Australian sound engineers Peter Vogel and Kim Ryrie, the Fairlight CMI was the first synthesizer that could sample sounds. Due to it’s small memory and low sampling quality, short, repetitive samples were common. These sounds came to define the sound of the 80′s. Peter Gabriel was the first to purchase a CMI but it was Richard Burgess and John Walters from the British group Landscape who mastered it, using it on their own and for other artist’s records such as Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush’s album ‘Hounds Of Love’ as well as early American adopters such as Herbie Hancock and Afrika Bambaataa but the CMI was probably most widely recognized for being used by Jan Hammer in the creation of the Miami Vice theme tune.