Free SB Fairlight CMI Samples

After releasing the Mellotron samples separately, I'm doing the same now with all the original Fairlight CMI samples that were previously only available in my free Fairlight CMI Live Packs, so that you can use them in any DAW that you might be working with.

The Fairlight CMI, short for Computer Musical Instrument, is a digital synthesiser, sampler and digital audio workstation introduced in 1979. Early adopters were Peter Gabriel, Thomas Dolby and Kate Bush.


SB Fairlight CMI Samples includes the following folders containing over 500 wav files from a CMI IIx model:

  • Guitars
  • Drums & Percussion
  • Strings
  • Mallets, Bells & Harpsichords
  • Brass
  • Humans
  • Keyboard & Piano
  • Reeds & Winds
  • Sound Effects 1
  • Sound Effects 2

Download the free SB Fairlight CMI Samples

By |2017-08-14T16:48:41+00:00August 17th, 2017|Freebies|8 Comments

About the Author:

Madeleine Bloom is a musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Berlin. She studied Electroacoustic Music at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. In the last few years she's worked as a technical support for Ableton and has helped countless people with her in-depth knowledge of Ableton Live, various other music apps as well as audio engineering.


  1. Jesper September 3, 2017 at 14:48 - Reply

    Love the sound effects, sounds awesome! Instant kinda retro-movie vibes. I think the strings will come to good use over here also :) Thanks a bunch!

  2. Morfi September 9, 2017 at 21:01 - Reply

    Thank you for this Madeleine.

  3. Kristof Michiels September 23, 2018 at 18:01 - Reply

    Hi Madeleine,
    Great stuff.
    I’ve comitted myself to executing the tedious job of pouring all your great samples into EXS24 instruments for Logic. You can download them here (only available for a while). I’m sure some of your customers will be extremely pleased if you can offer them this as a little extra, since it will save them many hours of annoying work and make all your samples directly accessible. When working with Logic Pro obviously.
    Here you go (only 8,3MB):

  4. Lonel December 20, 2018 at 05:54 - Reply

    Hi! Frist of all, thanks a lot for theses samples. ^^ However, I am having a little problem. I actually am not a user of ableton, ad i really need those instruments for a retro-styled project. Do you think it would be possible to haver the .wav files?

    I am very sorry for asking this ^^” I hope it’s no bother….

    • Lonel December 20, 2018 at 06:07 - Reply

      Ooops, never mind. I guess somehow I ended up on the wrong page, and therefore downloaded the ableton pack by mistake, thinking it was the only available format. It’s especially dumb from my part considering that I ended up leaving a comment on THIS page of all places ^^”

      I can’t even begin to describe or stupid I feel right now ^^”

      Sorry for that….

  5. suraj Singh December 30, 2018 at 06:02 - Reply

    Hi Madeleine,
    Thanks for this sample pack an i one question can i use this sample on my commercial song projects

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