Fairlight's Peter Vogel

The Fairlight CMI (computer musical instrument) represents one of the major milestones in the history of digital music technology. For one thing, it was the first digital sampler. You could draw waveforms on its integrated computer screen. Its form factor and pioneering feature set were nothing short of groundbreaking, and there was nothing else like it on the market when it was introduced in 1980. Its greatest impact was during the ’80s when artists such as Peter Gabriel, Hans Zimmer, and David Bowie utilised the Fairlight heavily in their recording work.