Herbie Hancock shows his Fairlight CMI to the Sesame Street kids
My favorite line is “What do you need a monitor for in music?” Ahh, how times have changed.
It’s great that kids could learn about sampling and audio waveforms on a show like this. It sort of reminds me of the episode where the Huxtables went to Stevie Wonder’s studio and learned about the Synclavier on the Cosby Show:
New England Digital (makers of the Synclavier) went out of business in 1982, but In August 2009, Peter Vogel (who created the Fairlight) launched a new company with the objective of developing a ‘retro’ CMI-30A (30th Anniversary). You can check out the progress of the new Fairlight here.