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Fairlight CMI for Nintendo DS

That sampling synthesizer from the 80s on your NDS.
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This would be an emulated synthesizer/sequencer for the Nintendo DS which would use the stylus on the touch-screen like the light pen on the CMI. The other screen would be keyboards (musical and QWERTY) I don't know how you would record real sounds into it short of recording on a computer and getting it on a flash cartridge, but I believe that the NDS could emulate state-of-the-art for 1979 technology.
Amishman35, Oct 12 2005

Korg DS-10 http://tech-gaming....ant-get-enough.aspx
Vintage synth for your DS. [Spacecoyote, Jan 26 2009]

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       Just to make it ultra-realistic, make it cost $25,000.   

       I'm sure you could emulate one on a Pocket PC. It only needs 16-bit 20 kHz resolution, 8 voices of polyphony and 20Kb per sample.
Cedar Park, Oct 12 2005
  

       Unfortunately the Nintendo DS doesn't really cut it as a huge chunk of geek-chic stage dressing on Top of the Pops. Still gets my pastry though.
wagster, Oct 12 2005
  

       It also needs a huge floppy drive.
Ian Tindale, Oct 12 2005
  

       A Roland TR-808 simulator would probably have more street cred in today's hip-hop dominated world (though I always thought Fairlight was a cool name for a synth/sampler).
Adze, Oct 12 2005
  

       Native Instruments make some of the most innovative software tools for making music I have ever seen but I doubt even they could do scaled down versions for the DS, it just doesn't have the audio hardware. Something like the PS2 might work, it can handle audio fairly well and has a USB port that you could stick a keyboard into - the problem is that games consoles are mainly geared towards graphics.
wagster, Oct 12 2005
  

       Nintendo hasn't made light pens for a coon's age, though.
Cedar Park, Oct 13 2005
  

       The CMI III (the decent one) didn't use a light pen by then. However, by then also, the Synclavier and soon to follow, the Emu Emulator would eclipse much of what the CMI could offer at the price, apart from the composition facilities of the fairly nifty sequencer. Saying that, though, some quite usable off-board stand-alone sequencers were by then available from Roland, which solved that problem. The CMI basically priced itself out of a market that was heading the other way. Now, the Emu technology is absorbed into Creative (eg, a Soundblaster Live! almost completely outclasses the entire audio capabilities of any of the CMI series).   

       Ironically, the much cheaper and quite potentially novel Fairlight CVI (video instrument, but not necessarily digital) didn't see much further development as it was at this juncture that Fairlight went under. Art of Noise used some CVI in their video experimentation (and some other 80s music videos see CVI usage).
Ian Tindale, Oct 13 2005
  

       I don't know what the Emu Emulator was, but I think I would prefer to not look it up and to stick with what I'd like to believe.
hidden truths, Oct 13 2005
  

       I do, but I wish I'd thought of your interpretation first.
wagster, Oct 13 2005
  

       Does the nintendo DS have hydropneumatic suspension?
rambling_sid, Oct 14 2005
  
      
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