QasarBeach - Recreation of the CMI Fairlight IIx. [Win, Mac and Linux]

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decaystar
KVRer
13 posts since 22 Mar, 2009

Post Sat May 23, 2020 2:26 am

"This has all the features of the original Fairlight CMI including 16 stereo voices, full voice editing and realtime control, harmonic additive synthesis, full Page R sequencer and much more.

QasarBeach is designed to replicate the Fairlight CMI IIx. In this it follows very closely to the UI, the operation and also the command line interface. It then takes these concepts and expands on them giving you 16 voices,
stereo or mono samples plus a range of sample imports from 8bit to 24bit uncompressed samples, plus the ability to load in any Fairlight I, II, IIx and III sample voices."

webpage:
https://adamstrange.itch.io/qasarbeach

Community:
Facebook Group -> QasarBeach

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp6zS6q_v2A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50jEUULeWmw

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PietW.
KVRian
1048 posts since 6 May, 2010 from Munich, Germany

Re: QasarBeach - Recreation of the CMI Fairlight IIx. [Win, Mac and Linux]

Post Sat May 23, 2020 3:10 am

Owner of the FB site of Audioterm

Jonathan Shepherd
KVRist
411 posts since 28 Jan, 2003

Re: QasarBeach - Recreation of the CMI Fairlight IIx. [Win, Mac and Linux]

Post Sat May 23, 2020 4:12 am

This looks great, thank you! And on Itch.io to boot.

Examigan
KVRAF
5292 posts since 15 Sep, 2005 from East Coast of the USA

Re: QasarBeach - Recreation of the CMI Fairlight IIx. [Win, Mac and Linux]

Post Sat May 23, 2020 4:40 am

Cool! But it doesn't have any of the samples included, correct?

I take it they mean the samples here in this sentence:
"You just need to have the ORIGINAL files in .VC format."

Just in case...
https://sonicbloom.net/en/free-sb-fairl ... i-samples/

decaystar
KVRer
13 posts since 22 Mar, 2009

Re: QasarBeach - Recreation of the CMI Fairlight IIx. [Win, Mac and Linux]

Post Sat May 23, 2020 6:53 am

Examigan wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 4:40 am
Cool! But it doesn't have any of the samples included, correct?

I take it they mean the samples here in this sentence:
"You just need to have the ORIGINAL files in .VC format."

Just in case...
https://sonicbloom.net/en/free-sb-fairl ... i-samples/
That is correct, but you can download the original CMI IIX factory Library in .VC format here: [plus more] and load into QasarBeach:
http://zine.r-massive.com/fairlight-cmi-iix-archive/

:phones:

ENV1
KVRAF
2690 posts since 31 Aug, 2011

Re: QasarBeach - Recreation of the CMI Fairlight IIx. [Win, Mac and Linux]

Post Sat May 23, 2020 12:27 pm

Examigan wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 4:40 am
Cool! But it doesn't have any of the samples included, correct?

I take it they mean the samples here in this sentence:
"You just need to have the ORIGINAL files in .VC format."
Im not entirely clear on this either. He says something about needing original files, yet in another post he responded "The complete library is in qasarbeach.zip", which obviously means the 'series2x' folder.

Also this 'Original CMI IIX Library v1.4' from the link in the post above seems more than a little suspect. It is full of files whose names start with 'DELETED', yet there are sounds in them. They are also all over the place with regard to registers, and some of them are cleary defective, both the WAV and the VC variants. So to me it is unimaginable that this could be what was actually installed on the original machine, simply because the whole thing is in such a bad condition. (After all this thing cost a fortune, so thats not exactly what i would expect.) Some clarifying info would be appreciated.

PTV
KVRAF
2180 posts since 5 Jan, 2006

Re: QasarBeach - Recreation of the CMI Fairlight IIx. [Win, Mac and Linux]

Post Sat May 23, 2020 12:32 pm

Wow! That's looks amazing :o Thanks!

sergiofrias
KVRist
422 posts since 22 May, 2009 from Portugal,Azores (faial island)

Re: QasarBeach - Recreation of the CMI Fairlight IIx. [Win, Mac and Linux]

Post Sat May 23, 2020 1:03 pm

Please join Qasarbeach (private group) on facebook,lots of libraries (incliding the CMI IIX Library) avaiable to download.
I'm also adding tutorials every week for Qasarbeach on my youtube channel.
...want to know how to program great synth sounds,check my video tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/user/sergiofrias25

decaystar
KVRer
13 posts since 22 Mar, 2009

Re: QasarBeach - Recreation of the CMI Fairlight IIx. [Win, Mac and Linux]

Post Sat May 23, 2020 1:33 pm

ENV1 wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 12:27 pm
Examigan wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 4:40 am
Cool! But it doesn't have any of the samples included, correct?

I take it they mean the samples here in this sentence:
"You just need to have the ORIGINAL files in .VC format."
Im not entirely clear on this either. He says something about needing original files, yet in another post he responded "The complete library is in qasarbeach.zip", which obviously means the 'series2x' folder.

Also this 'Original CMI IIX Library v1.4' from the link in the post above seems more than a little suspect. It is full of files whose names start with 'DELETED', yet there are sounds in them. They are also all over the place with regard to registers, and some of them are cleary defective, both the WAV and the VC variants. So to me it is unimaginable that this could be what was actually installed on the original machine, simply because the whole thing is in such a bad condition. (After all this thing cost a fortune, so thats not exactly what i would expect.) Some clarifying info would be appreciated.
Thanks for the heads-up about the files on R-Massive concerning the "Original CMI IIX Library v1.4", I have forwarded your concern to R-Massive :) [As mentioned is the full archive available in the Facebook group] :)

QasarBeach is still under development and is the best option for a CMI Fairlight emulation anno 2020 in my opinion. :)

Your welcome to join the community here: [All user feedback is highly appreciated]
https://www.facebook.com/groups/277208163443745

functionform
KVRian
510 posts since 13 May, 2017 from Virginia

Re: QasarBeach - Recreation of the CMI Fairlight IIx. [Win, Mac and Linux]

Post Sun May 24, 2020 6:23 am

Very interesting!

espejoooo221v
KVRer
13 posts since 26 Jun, 2018

Re: QasarBeach - Recreation of the CMI Fairlight IIx. [Win, Mac and Linux]

Post Mon May 25, 2020 1:49 am

Sounds great but standalone only, any hopes for a vst version ?

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planetearth
KVRAF
1759 posts since 10 Jul, 2006 from Tampa

Re: QasarBeach - Recreation of the CMI Fairlight IIx. [Win, Mac and Linux]

Post Mon May 25, 2020 2:36 am

espejoooo221v wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 1:49 am
Sounds great but standalone only, any hopes for a vst version ?
I've been following this since a very early version was mentioned in a Facebook group. The dev has added several improvements and fixed several issues in an update posted today. But from what I've seen so far, there are no plans to make a VST version. I think I saw somewhere that the coding or overall design wouldn't even allow it.

The app is mainly to re-create the experience of working with a Fairlight CMI--right down to using the keys on your computer keyboard to load "Pages" and do other things. Some DAWs and hosts intercept computer keyboard letter/number presses, and don't forward them to the VSTi, so that in itself could be a problem. Still, this is a pretty cool app.

Steve
Listen to some of my stuff here: https://soundcloud.com/shadowsoflife.

ENV1
KVRAF
2690 posts since 31 Aug, 2011

Re: QasarBeach - Recreation of the CMI Fairlight IIx. [Win, Mac and Linux]

Post Mon May 25, 2020 2:44 am

The dev said that making a VSTi version of QB is technically impossible so that would be a no.

As to the Factory Library, some of us are not on facebook so it would be great if a link could be posted here so that we can get it too.

(Of course any other good stuff would be appreciated as well, but to me the original FacLib is the most important.)

Thanks.

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planetearth
KVRAF
1759 posts since 10 Jul, 2006 from Tampa

Re: QasarBeach - Recreation of the CMI Fairlight IIx. [Win, Mac and Linux]

Post Mon May 25, 2020 5:11 pm

ENV1 wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 2:44 am
The dev said that making a VSTi version of QB is technically impossible so that would be a no.

As to the Factory Library, some of us are not on facebook so it would be great if a link could be posted here so that we can get it too.

(Of course any other good stuff would be appreciated as well, but to me the original FacLib is the most important.)

Thanks.
@decaystar posted links to plenty of Fairlight CMI sample libraries, including the original one(s) that came with the CMI II. Some of the libraries are incomplete (at best), and some of the samples are corrupt (at worst). I've tested many of these with Arturia's CMI V, and can confirm this. But you can obviously just delete anything you don't want or which doesn't work.

Here's the relevant part of @decaystar's post:
decaystar wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 6:53 am
That is correct, but you can download the original CMI IIX factory Library in .VC format here: [plus more] and load into QasarBeach:
<span class="skimlinks-unlinked">http://zine.r-massive.com/fairlight-cmi ... hive</span>/

:phones:
Listen to some of my stuff here: https://soundcloud.com/shadowsoflife.

espejoooo221v
KVRer
13 posts since 26 Jun, 2018

Re: QasarBeach - Recreation of the CMI Fairlight IIx. [Win, Mac and Linux]

Post Tue May 26, 2020 9:52 pm

Oh, ok then. I think its time to use standalone only audio apps.
A question, it is 32 bit or 64 bit ? Im still a 32 bit user.

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