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This is the Depeche Mode "Fairlite"

Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:23 am
by DX
(Open this new thread appart from "Depeche Mode Gear" as this question has its own relevance)

Just spending some free time at job, I decided to seek what is that Martin Gore "Fairlite" keyboard.
It was said it is a Yamaha (portatone or early CS painted series even). But it is not. Thanks to a youtube video I had a clear view from it.

This is the machine (video at: )

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And this is the real machine:
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(This one Courtesy of http://www.makingthemodernworld.org.uk)

CASIO MT-30

Best..
DX

Re: This is the Depeche Mode "Fairlite"

Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:32 pm
by JMP
Hah, had wondered what that was when I saw the vid once before.

Re: This is the Depeche Mode "Fairlite"

Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:50 pm
by Joey
glad that is solved.

I can sleep easier now.

:lol:

Re: This is the Depeche Mode "Fairlite"

Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:48 pm
by JMP
Joey wrote:glad that is solved.
You gonna get one Joey? Would be a lovely match with your Polar. :)

Re: This is the Depeche Mode "Fairlite"

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:39 am
by vanitypolice
Joey, you will def have one before the week is out, if I know you. ;)

Re: This is the Depeche Mode "Fairlite"

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:46 am
by killedaway
so does Martin even use that in the song? i didn't see him play it once. was it used during another song?

Re: This is the Depeche Mode "Fairlite"

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:51 am
by DX
killedaway wrote:so does Martin even use that in the song? i didn't see him play it once. was it used during another song?
On that gig (I guess it is Hammersmith Odeon) he didn't touched it on at least eight songs.

It was said he usually put it over the PPG for a kind of joke, as he (back on those days) couldn't (still) afford a Fairlight CMI :D

I guess now he could own one for the bedroom, another for the studio,another for the guest room , another for the car, etc

Re: This is the Depeche Mode "Fairlite"

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:01 pm
by DeFex
i had one when i was a kid. it sounds cool just before the batteries die. (the casio that is)

Re: This is the Depeche Mode "Fairlite"

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:31 pm
by Joey
it was a stab at vince clarke because vince had blown like 30 grand or whatever on two fairlights for touring with yazoo

Re: This is the Depeche Mode "Fairlite"

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 10:20 pm
by xpander
i still want a PPG!

Re: This is the Depeche Mode "Fairlite"

Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:39 am
by Dezb1
Like Victor Frankenstein I'm brining this back from the dead...

Martin did play the Mt-30 at this show 27:27



Lead synth on Nothing to fear.

Re: This is the Depeche Mode "Fairlite"

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:25 pm
by DX
Dezb1 wrote:Like Victor Frankenstein I'm brining this back from the dead...

Martin did play the Mt-30 at this show 27:27



Lead synth on Nothing to fear.
I bring this back in 2018 too :)

I noticed The "Fairlite" casio sound seems to be only a "half" (the horn style sound) of the whole lead sound. The bright, quick attack sound might be a different pre-recorded thing. Too bright and clean to be the MT30 imo.