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This is a complete recreation of the Fairlight CMI IIx.

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.

Here is a quick look at harmonic additive synthesis in realtime:

Full file support for Fairlight Series I, II, IIx, III samples,  including all loop points, filter settings, etc. You just need to have the ORIGINAL files in .VC format.

plus you get the following  formats as pure samples, so editing may be needed, but it gives you the power to access virtually all famous sample libraries from Emu, Yamaha, Korg and more:

  • .wav / .aif .ogg / .sam
  • .afs - casio cz1 sample
  • .ksf -korg-sample-file oasis
    .msmpl_bank -korg microsampler bank
    .p3k - korg
  • .usr - ppg
    .ufs - ppg
  • .xoe, .x0v .x0a .x0s .x0w .x3v .x3a .x3s .x3w - yamaha motif
    .t01 .t02 .t03 .t04 .t05 - yamaha
  • .krz .kr1 .kr2 .kr3 .kr4 .kr5 .kr6 -kerzweil
  • .sf2 -soundfont2
  • .akai .img - akai img
  • .256 -amiga 8bit single waveforms
    .xi -amiga fasttracker 2
    .8svx .16sv .iff - amiga 8 bit / 16bit
  • .em2 .eb2 .ez2 .e4b -emulator emax 2 library
    .ebl -emulator x
    .dms -emu2
    .eii -emu2
    .em1 .eb1 -emulator 1  
    .iso -emulator iso
  • .out .s50 .w30 -roland s50
  • .bin - 8 bit binary files used by LINN and EMU for drum machine ROM

You will need to download all three files, especially the Guide which will tell you all about the very basic operations of QasarBeach.

The Fairlight CMI was a professional and complex machine, QasarBeach in no way tries to obscure this operation. So the UI is the same, the operation is the same, but there have been additions to make it a bit more user friendly.


There are four files:

QasarBeach.App: is the latest MacOS version

QasarBeachWIn: is the latest Windows version

QasarBeach.Tar: is the latest Linus version

Guide is the comprehensive PDF guide (shown on the right)

QasarBeach is the demo folder including  demo files

Cookbook is a new PDF guide giving hints and recipes for getting more out of QasarBeach


Ver 1.23 Update (23 May 2020)

  • note velocity KEYVEL now received from MIDI
  • PAGE R now respects incomming MIDI velocity and sets the vol/keyvol for the note
  • minor mod to .wav wavetable loading
  • added lfo and subvoice support to new numpad editing
  • Extended numpad keys+enter now supported
  • fixed loading of .in fies where loops sounded wrong on import
  • PAGE 7 - added 'SAVE IN VC' to top table
  • PAGE E - REFLECT moved from left ot right side
  • PAGE E - Added SET LOOP to right side
  • PAGE E - Added AUTO XF to left side
  • PAGE E - Added X FADE to right side
  • PAGE E - visual of loop and xfade added to waveform view as in documentation
  • PAGE E - SET LOOP operational
  • PAGE E - XFADE operational
  • PAGE E - added VIEW: START END to top UI
  • PAGE E - when clicked and held down with mouse the start or end segment is displayed. This allows you to check the exact contents and is  great for merge and cutting :)
  • new midi with updated linux and pi core
  • peliminary IIx .RS loading added
  • preliminary ios .RS loading added
  • initial IIx .IN loading added
  • PAGE 2 Loaded IIx .IN will report missing voices - these need to be in the same folder as the .IN
  • PAGE 2 missing .IN files now remain visible when changing to other folders
  • PAGE 2 can detect missing .VC files in new folder when .IN has missing files
  • PAGE 2 missing .IN files can now be 'ignored' IGNORE FILES added to UI
  • PAGE 2 RELOAD added to UI for use with missing .IN files
  • PAGE 2 Reloading of missing files now operational
  • PAGE 7 Names of loaded 1234.co files are now displayed in header
  • PAGE 2 better display of loaded/available voices
  • PAGE 2 IIx .CO loading added
  • PAGE 7 RELEASE ECHO renamed to DAMPING ECHO
  • PAGE 7 original IIx DAMPING in .VC and .CO files now rerouted to DAMPING
  • CHO (formally RELEASE ECHO)
  • PAGE 7 voice RESET help text corrected


Ver 1.22 Update (30 April 2020)

fatal fix to PAGE R timing plus other User Group suggestions:

  • 32k 16bit mono .wav assumed to be a wavetable, so special loading added to load as 64 tables compatible with waveedit
  • PAGE 2 - added doubleclick prevention for active pen tablet users
  • Reverted back to original timing method due to PAGE R not responding in windows
  • increased Page R timing ratio
  • ctrl+Q now correctly saves settings before quitting
  • numpad tablet support added and integrated
  • numpad added to Settings > virtual keyboard
  • numpad settings saved in prefs


Ver 1.21 Update (26 April 2020)

More improvments and bug fixing, plus additional .bin loading for drum ROMs and corrected PPG .usr files.

The famous Analyze command is now added allowing you to scan and create haramonics from samples. They must be the old 16k variety, it's not perfect but a great place to start creating sound and sound manipulation.

  • initial reworking of timing system
  • PAGE 5 fixed bug with fader 30 that moved fader 20!!!
  • Drumulator .bin 8bit file support added
  • Oberheim DX / DMX Drummatix .bin 8bit rom support added
  • Linn LM1 / LM2 / 9000 .bin 8bit rom support added
  • S.C.I. Drumtraks .bin 8bit rom support added
  • Simmons SDS-1 / SDS-9 .bin 8bit rom support added
  • unusual .wav crash protection added
  • analyze added - it's not perfect,  but it's fun and gives a good starting point for sound creation
  • PAGE 4 Analyze all added
  • PAGE 5 Analyze added
  • PAGE R corrected mouse click on pattern that wasn't snapping to quantize settings
  • PAGE 2 sample size shown first in k then bytes
  • PAGE 2 bit size now correctly shows input bit count
  • Doublcheckhing 8 bit wav loading
  • PAGE 3 sample redce added to bottom of page. This will half the sample size,  reduce fidelity and double the speed
  • PAGE 8 corrected top right voice display
  • PPG .usr wavetable import modified so the tables conform to Fairlight Mode 2. PPG has 64 wavetables so only the first 64 SEGMENTS are used
  • modified NoteOn to take account of MODE 5 settings (internal stuff)


ver 1.20 update (9 March 2020)

This update focusses on improvements to timing and feedback from users.

There is no update files with this release, you just need to look over the feature list:

  • alt/ctrl/shift + 8 lowers octave
  • alt/ctrl/shift + 9 raises octave
  • PAGE K help text added to keyboard Re above additions
  • PAGE A max volume indicators added
  • PAGE T now correctly displays 'T' not 't'
  • PAGE A SYNC record added to UI
  • PAGE A pressing record will start and 'STOP' record
  • improved normalization to prevent overrun clicks
  • added .eb1 (emulator 1 library) file support
  • PAGE S added default screen sizes 1 to 8
  • Emulator 2 .dms file support added
  • Emulator 3 .e4b file support added
  • keyboard release note in polyphony corrected, so top note is not 'held'
  • PAGE 4 harmonic drawing now has additional smoothing to prevent drops/jumps in a drawn line
  • PAGE 4 harmonic drawing area now slighty inset to aid drawing
  • PAGE 4 loop drawing now inset
  • internal song playback fixes
  • PAGE S added tv color to output options - this allows for mono color
    output settings now have extended color and mono options (via shaders)
  • TV mode now has improved mouse position tracking
  • song clock doubled to improve timing
  • song timing being changed to help timing
  • synth engine samples reduced from 1024 to 256 to attempt to improove timing
  • PAGE 3 TRIM crash protection added
  • PAGE R ^ re-instated
  • wav export minor correction in pitch


QasarBeach is feature complete, but not completely documented. It is also being actively developed.


If you've ever wanted to have a go at your own music and want to know how The Art Of Noise, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, OMD, Yes, Hans Zimmer (and many many more) accomplished this in the 80's - QasarBeach is (almost) the way they did it!


Please feel free to add comments, thoughts, suggestions, etc. Nothing is out of bounds, so don't feel you might have a question that is odd, or strange bugs.

Updated 3 days ago
StatusReleased
CategoryTool
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
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AuthorAdamStrange
Average sessionA few seconds
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, MIDI controller

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Hi Adam, takes me back to the days, when I was a CMI operator,  its so close, stunned, keep up the good work.

If there's anything you need just let me know :)

QasarBeach crashed and closed with any wav 16bit and other file types file in Page E Waveform Edit if I set a loop and drop the start or end button. With original VC no problem . Windows 10 64bit 

these are now on the list for immediate attention. I am very interested as the .vc files are fine and the .wav are causing an issue. I’ll report my finding and fixings 😢

Under Windows 10 If I load a sample wav in page 2, go into page 7 and turn on loop cntrl, then play a key, the software crashes. I've tested it on two machines.  There are some posts over in the facebook group with examples.

I am still unable to run this on linux mint. It is trying to scan midi ports for a fraction of a second but still not functioning. I think this must be something to do with my linux setup being different to yours. I'm running the latest 64bit linux mint. Not sure what other dependencies are needed. Also running in wine I am unable to reduce crackling any further. I think I may have to give up now

sorry to hear about the midi. I'm running linux as a virtual machine here, so testing has not been strictly on a linux machine.

Midi is still very primitive, it's the next item on my list :)

I am now running windows 10. I will test as per above crash reports and let you know if I have the same issues

Thanks for the awesome update. I have donated for it a second time!

No problem :) Just keep me informed with any issues :)

Thats a good Idea.👍

Short explanation of QasarBeach in German language only 

I would love to be able to slave external midi gear from the Page R as well as sync the page R with an external midi-clock.

Is such feature in project pipeline too ? :)

I found Page U 

What is it for? Could you please explain how it works?

Currently it's a hidden page as it's not ready for public use.

When finished it allows you to record operations and plat them back. E.G. record a set of changes to a waveform, and then repeat those operations on other waveforms, or PAGE R, etc

Wow, interesting. Thanks

This is the best download I've made in a while.  I've been WAITING for years to have an authentic Fairlight CMI IIx user experience and this truly gives that.  Almost got a chance to jam on one but I blew it.  I am going to try and see if I can use an iPad as a sidecar for my mac and get touch screen usability.  A couple questions: any chance there could be a note priority/legato off setting when using an external keyboard?  So when a new note is hit as another note is being held, it takes priority?  

Also very glad to hear there may be the possibility of some multichannel audio (and maybe midi?) routing.  At the moment, I know there is sync record within the sampling section, but could Midi Clock sync be an option?  Would allow to sync to external hardware and sequencers, and a good way of bouncing out tracks from Page R individually and in sync.  Anyway, thanks so much!

I can certainly look into the legato suggestion for you :)

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How do I run this on Linux?

Edit. I have installed 64bit linux mint and it now runs. However I am unable to use midi. The issue is that I cannot even enable midi within the program. Is this a bug or is the issue on my end? I click on the midi enable and nothing happens. If I click it too many times the program freezes up.

it's compiled on 64bit mint.

you will need opengl, openal and sdl2 installed as well :)

Thanks for that, however I still cant get midi working. You must have something on your system that I do not.

Midi is something that is still very primitive in QasarBeach. The next version will hopefully have better linux support :)

That's great. For now I have managed to get the windows version running in wine. There is a little latency and I still need to sort out some crackling in the audio but both of those are wine related issues and not specific to quasarbeach.

let me know how you get on, if there are any issues or stuff you can think of :)

Any chance you could release the source code for this?

unfortunately not. The source itself isn't too big around 30,000 lines of code. but you would need the MX2 language which is also custom created plus the editor none of which are documented

I'm sure there are many who would not mind installing a new language or a lack of documentation.

Hello Adam 

I have a big issue with the Page R on v 1.21. The timing is sloppy and slows down to zero. No more workaround with. Can't play the cookbook songs anymore. If I start Page R with v 1.20 it works well (a little timing issue you've known) My system is Windows 10. 

Is ASIO driver in the pipeline for the future? 

Best regards and keep on sampling 

Torsten /TMA 

I'll get this reverted back to the original timing for you and up a new release in a day or so :)

Wow, thanks for your fast reply. 

Is there a way to add layering different voices to play simultaneously? Keyboard mapping to split the keyboard like multi sampling? 

Sorry for asking so many questions 

Torsten

V1.22 upped with fix for PAGE R

Currently no, but the original IIx did have 'Keyboards" which would allow that sort of behaviour - I'll have a think over the manual :)

The community says thank you for updating QasarBeach. I always explore new things every day and I love all I found out. The community on our Facebook group will report all bugs, crashes or problems and suggestions to help you making the project great. 

I have a problem with Velocity and Aftertouch. Can't get it work. Maybe it is my mistake? Tried it directly by routing to some parameters, tried it on function page but nothing happened. Keytime and keynumber are no problem. For example I route velocity to the volume on page 7 I see in the volume line on the right the value is always at the end of 128. The same with Aftertouch but the value is always 0! I tried it out with two different keyboards. Do you have any suggestion for me? 

Best regards 

Torsten 

Confirmed. I just checked and keyvol and aftertouch (from midi) are not functioning. I'll look into it :)

I would love to see ASIO compatibility with the option to use a sound card with 8 outputs, this would give some interesting routing possibilities, when it comes to tracking. [Like if you had a CMI Fairlight installed with more voice cards]

own samples in QasarBeach

That looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. I've installed Audacity also on my virtual Fairlight machine 😉

brilliant - It's how I currently get samples in QB myself. I use Amadeus On the Mac.

Here's something for you all to try. Take a sound - a vocal is a good start

goto Page 7 - the mode will be 4


change MODE: 3, AB MIX:50, B-TUNE:30

play with B-TUNE or link it to LFO 1


change MODE:2

LFO 1 SPEED:8, SEGMENT A:LFO 1

A/B MIX: 46, B-TUNE:64

play around with SEGMENT B


Use the second with wavetables ;)

Brilliant

I will try this tomorrow.You mean a voice Sound Like spoken words or a choir?

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Hello Adam 

I found this screenshot in your manual. Unfortunatly if I use QasarBeach I didnˋt find Cross Fade or start and endpoint visual in any page like your screenshot. Maybe my mistake by myself? 

nom you are right, this was just a visual explanation. I can add this into the app for you. it would be on Page 4 Waveform Edit

That would be great. Because it is a visual control about the important loop points

Thanks for creating this wonderful program. I bought and downloaded it. After that I have less time for other things then Qasarbeach. Fantastic to work with. I hope for more updates in the future. The community will grow. 

Best wishes 

TMA 

thanks for the comments - lovely looking system you've got there with the keyboard. The only thing missing is a big white music keyboard with QasarBeach on the back. A new version (1.21) will be posted soon for you.

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Thanks for your reply. Always a pleasure having direct contact to the developer. Are you working on the timing of the machine especially Page R? It is very sloppy. We did yesterday night a special "qasarbeach user video chat" for the first time on Jitsi Meet. 4 users compared their systems and helped each other to understand the workflow of the software. On my wishlist is a free configurable CC controller setting. 

Some bugs were reported: 

Timing, latency, crashes by using to many cc's (simultaneously PB and Volume fader), Page 2 issue while loading operation with a pen on a touchscreen. 

I think, after last night, we will continue the video chat meetings in the future. 

Best regards 

TMA / Torsten 

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Yes, the timing is a known issue. some work has already been done, but there is more work needed.

A lot of the midi stuff will be worked on next.

If you have any crash info (page you are on, what was happening), just let me know and I'll add it all to the todo lists, along with any other suggestions you can think of :)

I'll try my best to address all issues for you

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do you have any .wts files I could look at? preferably 2 :)

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All coming together now. 

Removed question, I discovered midi cc's control the switches and controls.

I had to check the code for that - I thought i hadn't implemented it yet!!

It was driving me crazy trying to figure out what’s modulating the first two controls and switches, I thought they’re not accessible yet.

I can use pb and mod wheel, I haven’t discovered how the switches work, but if you’re not done yet I understand why. 

Ok, I give up. How do you save a pattern or a song?

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Well, that was a bit convoluted but I got it! I have to say learning the Fairlight is as frustrating as it is enjoyable, it's not intuitive. Nonetheless this is an amazing piece of work, I can't wait to see what's coming! Thanks!

I felt the same the firt time i used it ,i couldn't find how to save the files,but then i read the help file on page 2, aswell as the guide and the user manual of the original fairlight,things got much clearer ,in on or two days i was much confortble .For everyone who's reading this and having the same trouble ,you have to go to page 2 "Disk control ,in the top you can see load/save option ,choose save(this activates save mode) then choose your file (in the file section)  ,then below ,you set the file name in the"NAME:" field,the command will appear ,so look to the top :D  maximum characters is 8 like in the original...then choose the file type . sound files are saved as ".VC" (voice) ,instrument ".IN"(all voices and controls) ,".CO"(voice controls,) page R composer ".RS",and you can also save the entire system ".SY"(".VC" ,".CO", ".IN" ".RS")... i like to save 2 files ".IN" and ".RS" and when you want to load my project ,i load both files(page 2) since you need both the intruments and the page R sequence,everything like the original fairlight. 

Thanks - the Fairlight has it's own way of doing things and I tried my best to replicate it. You can see why 'engineers' were highly sought after. You can also save wav files by using the 'wa' option.

Yes, I do know, I used a Synclavier from '89-'98 and the early days were painful. We're so spoiled using all these great apps and daws. I've been reading the original manuals for the IIX and they do help understand how the system works, and it is pretty basic.

My issue now is I'm not able to edit notes once they are in the pattern. I click on a note and get it's parameters in the left window, but any input I make is ignored. I've tried to change pitch, vel, panning to no avail. Is there something I'm missing? 

Ahh, I need to have Record armed to be able to edit notes on R page. 

Hello, found some problems,when loading 8-bit wavs it crashes Qasarbeach, 16 bit  and 24 bit works fine.Also in page 2 the "bits" will always display 16 bit regardless if a select a 8 , or 24 bit wav.

Thank you.

can you give me a download to the samples that don't work? I'll debug them for you :)

sure ,here it is: 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/393omw0y48f25n6/ACGTR3.wav?dl=0

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Thanks for this - very useful. all above now fixed. will be included in the next release :)

thank you :)

Hello ,i love qasarBeach  ,i'm reading the user manual to learn more about the fairlight operations,today i was testing page 5 ,in the original there is a (fourier) "ANALIZE" command,that allows to reconstruct a sample by generating harmonics for the segments.Is this being worked on? Also on Page A , will it be possible to record michrophone or stereo mix? thank you so much !

good questions and both are being worked on :)

thank you :)

and one another question, is it possible to have page R track to be sent on external midi port? would be so great to control stuff from the Fairlight

definately :) very good suggestion

any chance of having multichannel outputs support?.. would make it even closer to the original :)

it's something that is being looked into. But won't appear in the short term :)

anyway, good to know it is something that will happen sometime :)

first 

First Test with a active pen and the new QasarBeach

that’s completely brilliant. Can I use it above?

Of ccourse.😉

Absolutely love your work with the CMI emulator, but just discovered a possible glitch in V1.20. When moving the fader for the 30th harmonic on the "Harmonic Faders" page up or down, actually the fader for the 20th harmonic moves. The fader for the 30th doesn't seem to do anything. Would also love to see the MCL page (Page C), the keyboard sequencer page (Page 9) and the keyboard control page (Page 3) incorporated as well. Keep up the good work!

fader 30 moves fader 20 confirmed bug!!! Yay! you get a fabled QasarBeach bug t-shirt. If They existed :)

I can look into the rest for you :)

Great! Thx!

This looks very awesome. I would love for this to run on rpi. With implementation for midi and tft. The fact that this is standalone makes me love it even more. Will be getting a donation from me!! 

rpi version is in the lab, but currently not operational

Just bought your CMI emulator 

Last time I was excited to use a software was with my Fairlight II and 3.

I use an Emulator 1 , how can I get the sounds in the Qasar ? Only have .EB1 files. Need to export to wav ?

I didn' t saw the subvoice mapping of series III files, did I missed something ? I use a lot SRC in Series III to convert sound from 44.1khz to 22.05khz, they sound more alike the series II. Could we get this function ?



Don't know if we can save .VC . IN and .RS to import them in a IIX and Series III. But would be great to follow work started on laptop. I can help testing


Would be great to have RS midi clock synchro too

Fantastic job AdamStrange

thanks for the comments. currently .eb1 files are not imported - this has been sorted for the next version :)

One way is to change the extension to .em1 and they should import that way.

sub-voice mapping is possible. PAGE 7, MODE 5. show subvoices. All the sounds must be in one sample, and then you just set the segment range for each subvoice and the key range. Series II Fairlight did not have this, so this is a version of the III.

It's interesting music software!

I'd like you to be able to SAVE compatible RS, VC, CO, IN files (Can be read on actual machine) , implement Page C and read / write directly from disk image!

the current issues about saving compatible files would need access to a real CMI and a way to easily transfer files. currently this is not simple.

PAGE C (MCL) is something I can look into :) 

would be great to have the ability to switch the screen zoom like 1x, 2x, 4x etc...

just grab an edge and resize the window to the size you want :)

yes, i know but doing that in discrete manner would be also super-useful :) to retain initial fonts consistency etc...

I can look into that for you 😀

many-many thanks in advance!!!

discrete zoom is suuuuper useful!!! thanks a lot!

The octave +/- setting does not work on a german keyboard (notebook, dell). The "[" and "]" are controlled by ALTGR-8 and ALTGR-9. This switches to function "8" and "9" instead of oc+-. "äöü" etc. do not replace this.

it’s written for uk/us keyboards, but I can look into this for you :)

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I tried to run it from my download folder and it immediately shuts down (W10). It runs from a folder directly under "C:", though.

I’m assuming this is a windows protection system. Nothing to be worries about. My suggestion is to make a folder in c: and keep everything there ;)

I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for a proper simulation of the Fairlight CMI.  I was able to use a preliminary build of MESS's CMI driver (which only emulates the UI at this time), and I can say that the interface is amazingly faithful yet improved and refined for modern music production workflow.  And little things like being able to see all 128 segments in Display "A" mode is just delightful!  Thank you so much for developing this, Adam!!

I made a brief video of QasarBeach show a brief recreation of the drum track from Art of Noise's Beat Box. 


I hope you don't mind but I have a few questions and suggestions for future features.  This maybe a stupid question, but I was wondering how does ADSR envelopes work in the program.  Has an envelope generator been implemented yet and if so, is it located in Page 7 or Page F?

Will there be any scaling options such as bi-cubic, etc?  A 4:3 aspect ratio option would be nice as well, along with maybe a CRT/scanline filter, however, I totally understand if this is beyond the limits of the graphics engine.

Also, it would be cool to see the Fairlight logo "animate" like in the original software, where it draws over itself several times to create that pseudo-3D effect.  Do you think it's possible for logos to support animations?

Keep up the great work!!

Excellent video - I've contacted you via soundcloud about it...

Yes, envelopes are constructed with Page 7 and functions patches into the VOLUME

CRT filters can be added as an option :)

I can look into the animated logo situation for you

Yes there is, but not in the way that ADSR operates.

the best way is to use PAGE 7 and patch either VOLUME or AUX VOLUME parameters to a FUNCTION.

Page 48 of the guide shows how to do this for PAN.

Page 41 of the guide shows how to use FUNCTIONS

Page 29 shows how to use PAGE 7

Another way is to use Page 4 and to set a VOL profile - but this is not documented in the guide as it is a more advanced feature

Awesome work Adam. I've been looking for a good Fairlight emulator for years. One question though. I can run the Fairlight perfectly on both of my Windows 10 machines, but the exe won't open on my Windows 8.1 64 bit studio computer. However, this machine is entirely offline, and hasn't been online since 2013, so I may be missing an OS update that is required by the Fairlight. 

Is there a compile that might work with this early OS version? (I'm reluctant to update windows, because the computer works perfectly with all of my day-to-day audio software and hardware. 

Thanks so much! 

it's compiled on 64bit win 7, and will be happy with win 10 64. Unfortunately I don't have access to win 8, so can't do any tests

do you have a schedule of what you're working on?  I only ask for a friend.🤭😉

There's no specific schedule, fixes and improvements are being made and then checked over. Only after i've gone through things a few times to check will I release something. Currently it's running at round 2 weeks per release. Is there something particular you are wanting?

Sampling would of course be something important so that you don't have to use other programs. Are you trying something about Rasperry PI?  If you need the library from CMI 3, I have it and could send it to you.

yep, the Pi is something that is being worked on. A lot of the back end stuff has now been finished. I am still attempting to compile the main app.

such "standalone" device would be very much appreciated i believe... especially with multichannel support etc

That's wonderful. I just wait for a touch screen and in February we want to get started so the construction of the controller.

Chris, do you have a soundcloud?

Yes,i have.

really serious work! is there any chance for an ios version to appear one day?

currently around 30% possible

This is so great! One question — I could not get it to change beat/measure to anything other than 4/4 on the R page. Is that possible and if not — will it be? Thanks!!!

yep, currently not implemented, but it is coming :)

Thanls a lot!!! And separate big thanks for the manuals, super helpful!

Excellent to know you are finding them helpful. I need to look at how the harmonics systems work next...

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That would be amazing of course. I have to say that even though my modular system is rather large I found QasarBeach an incredible tool representative of a very non trivial approach to making noises, still very usable today.

Yes, an insight on (quick) creating of harmonic series would be totally amazing!

Also — another question! Is output channel choosing support planned for multichannel audio cards?

Currently no, but I can put it onto the list for you :)

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Not just for him.😉

yass! i'd be happy whenever that's possible! thanks.

V1.19 has user defined time signatures

thanks a lot! i'm seeing that and will experiment soon!

i would like this as a vst

unfortunately QasarBeach is only possible as a standalone app

I need help! I moved the entire Qasar Beach folder, and I want to be able to load samples off of different drives..... I have limited space on my C drive, and I'd rather have everything on the D drive or the E drive. Is this possible?

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Currently there isn't a way, but I'll get onto a fix for you.

 The Next release will include a new "Drive" option on the disk page. This will allow you open other drives, networks, etc

 and also add them as favorites.

awesome!!!! I wish I could find an archive of all the CMI stuff here on the internet. I know I can, but don't know where......

what are you looking for?

Basically, I'm looking for as many sounds & instruments I can get.

The instrument files won't really help you a great deal as only Fairlights can use them. The complete library is in qasarbeach.zip

Great Work, really impressive, only problem for me, is the audio output, getting lots of clicks and dropout, I wish it could support ASIO and I could choose the samplerate.

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what os and machine specs do you have?

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Windows 10 x64 ,intel i9, RME Digiface USB

64 gb RAM

certainly the specs are very good, I'll see about doing some tests for you :)

Wow this looks very impressive!!!

Did you consider adding the master tuning function whereby one can enter the tuning of the whole system?

As an owner of an original CMI I have to say this is one of my favourite things about the system and the uber 8-bit crunchy sound of course.

That's an excellent suggestion - I'll get onto it. Let me know how you get on and if you encounter any issues :)

What a big and great Update and the new PDF looks so good.thx 🙏

Would be great to have a setting to change the "modern" sample scaling to old-style variable playback speed! And actual in-app sampling would be fantastic. But otherwise, it's absolutely great!

both are being looked at, but the variable rate playback would need a core rewrite

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