Integrating the Fairlight CVI into the video workflow




creative technologies, digital art, DJ and VJ tools


The Fairlight Computer Video Instrument (CVI) is one of the earliest video synthesisers, released in 1984. Over time the aesthetic of its effects has evolved from revolutionary to retro. Although MIDI was developed at around the same time, the CVI is controllable via RS232 rather than MIDI. This paper reviews its history and applications in live and studio-based video production environments. A method is outlined for controlling the CVI that allows sequencing of control data, effect automation, and integration with a digital audio workstation. Results are presented from a system using Logic Pro X for sequencing and Processing for MIDI-serial conversion.


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How to Cite

Nunn D. Integrating the Fairlight CVI into the video workflow. EAI Endorsed Trans Creat Tech [Internet]. 2022 Aug. 30 [cited 2023 Dec. 1];9(3):e2. Available from: