Fairlight II+

Fairlight II+ was the first major update to the original smaller Fairlight refill previously sold and marketed by PowerFX.

Review of Fairlight II+ in Sound On Sound.

Fairlight CMI Legacy MKII+ marks the introduction of a new release in the series of Fairlight refills, having been continously developed and updated for about a year and a half. Comparing the size of this new version with the original, it’s pretty evident that lots has happened during this time. Six times larger than the original 400 Mb Fairlight CMI Legacy, introduced in April 2010, the new refill also comes with some stunning new concepts.

Technically speaking what we now have here is a Reason 4 and 5 compatible refill, loaded with no less than 2 304 instrument patches; 1 014 NNXT patches, 622 Combinator patches, over 190 ReDrum drum kits and much, much more.

Main news
All instruments are now divided into virtual machines. This is highly inspired by Elektron’s Machinedrum & Monomachine grooveboxes. The Combinator graphics are brand new and unique for each machine / instrument. These have been designed with creative input and assistance from Kangebo Design in Stockholm, Sweden. All of the patches in the refill are named according to these instrument types, to make it easier to find the right sound when producing music.

These are the new instruments / machines in the refill;

4 UPETEUR
Analog Compuphonic Synth.

AIRBASS
The total module for bass sounds.

CHROME
Analog and chord synth module.

DIG IT ALL
Digital synths.

FAIRVOX
Fairlight Voices.

ILLTURN 80R
Alternating patches.

MEAN MACHINE
Edge and grit.

ORLANDO
Analog JX Synths.

P5
Analog synthesizer.

THE LEGACY
CMI taken to new levels.

THE ORCH
Orchestral with a twist.

TWEEDLE
Keyboard sounds.

UNDERCOVER
Drums, percussion and FX.

XYLO 4N
Mallets.

Last but not least;

ZIGNATURE PATCHEZ
Signature patches provided by DrLoop, Abstract Assasinator and EditEd4TV.

Background
Fairlight CMI was introduced in 1979 and it was the first ever keyboard instrument with digital sampling, ie recording of sounds and storing those in a computer-like fashion. The Fairlight systems of those days cost about 545 000 SEK; roughly 2 MSEK by today’s value (about $350,000). The extremely high price combined with the fact that only highly successfull acts got to use it (like Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Keith Emerson, Howard Jones and many others) helped form a myth around the instrument. When I got the chance to use some original recordings directly from a Fairlight IIx I was instantly turned on by the idea of building a refill, since these sounds still are highly looked after. I contacted Fairlight in Australia and got a thumbs up about the project, and this has helped me build and maintain what today is the world’s largest collection of Fairlight recordings. This is all available for Reason!

File size: 1,7 Gb (packed) or 2,49 Gb before packed with ReFill Packer.

Fairlight II+ has been updated to Way Beyond Fairlight R2 via a number of steps in between.

Check out Way Beyond Fairlight R2