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Meet The Mother Of All Samplers


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The Fairlight CMI is the reason why modern sampling exists. Designed in 1979, it was an example of early synthesizer technology which failed in its original purpose—creating sound via realtime waveform modelling—and instead was redeveloped as the first digital sampler. Watch one of its creators, Peter Vogel, explain how it works in this classic slice of music tech development circa 1980.