Open Labs, an Austin, TX-based computer-enhanced musical instrument maker is releasing two products designed for professional quality computer-enhanced music studio work. At under $4,000, these products are aimed at the serious music-studio hobbyist who might consider full-fledged studio equipment to be too expensive.
Learn more about this gear at http://www.openlabs.com.
The full press release follows:
(AUSTIN, TX; March 27, 2009): Open Labs, a recognized leader in innovative computer-enhanced musical instruments based in Austin, Texas, announced today the release of their Gen 5 E-Series: an affordable alternative to their acclaimed NeKo and MiKo L-Series product line. Open Labs products are portable instruments that combine all the equipment found in a professional music studio.
Encased in the same high-grade aircraft aluminum chassis, the E-Series products -- NeKo EX5 <http://www.openlabs.com/neko-ex5.html> and MiKo EC5 <http://www.openlabs.com/miko-ec5.html> -- were developed with a super-powerful processor, as well as the same innovative touch screen capabilities and pristine audio quality as the NeKo LX5 and MiKo LXD. Included with each E-Series system is:
· Unlimited capability for third party plug-ins, VSTi's and applications, including Pro Tools™, Ableton Live™, Cubase™ and many, many more;
· Fully-licensed version of Reaper ™ (DAW);
· More than 7,500 high-quality preset sounds featuring higher polyphony and better audio quality than any keyboard workstation;
· Open Labs' proprietary virtual instrument host Riff™;
· Full upgradeability to the L-Series package will be available in late 2009;
· Open Labs Edition of Windows XP, specifically configured for music production and powered with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, allows use of all Windows-based virtual instruments, plug-ins and DAW software;
· Integrated QWERTY keyboard and Master Control panel;
· 61 (NeKo) / 37 (MiKo) semi-weighted, synth-action keyboard with after-touch;
· Portability perfect for music producers and musicians on the go (35-40 lbs; 32 L x 19 W x 7 H);
· FireWire, USB and Ethernet ports;
· 2 GB of RAM (upgradeable to 4 GB); 500 GB hard-drive (upgradeable to 2 TB); dual-layer DVD burner;
· 24bit / 48kHz stereo sampling for more than 2 months continuously (based on 2 TB hard drive);
· More than 200 voice polyphony;
· Hosts more than 100 plug-ins simultaneously;
· Record and play more 100 audio tracks at once.
The Gen5 E-Series NeKo EX5 ($3,399) and MiKo EC5 ($2,799) are available for purchase now directly through Open Labs at www.openlabs.com <http://www.openlabs.com/> or through an authorized reseller listed on the website. Full technical specifications can be found for NeKo EX5: http://www.openlabs.com/nekoex5-tech.html <http://www.openlabs.com/nekoex5-tech.html> or MiKo EC5: http://www.openlabs.com/mikoec5-tech.html <http://www.openlabs.com/mikoec5-tech.html> .
About Open Labs
Headquartered in Austin, Texas -- at the crossroads of music and technology-- Open Labs develops and markets cutting-edge studio and musical instrument technology. Since 2003, Open Labs has been the recognized leader in providing musicians and producers of all genres, with high-performance, portable instruments that combine all the equipment found in a professional music studio. A-List artists currently using Open Labs products include: Timbaland, Jonathan Davis (Korn), Morris Hayes (Prince), Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5), and Jimmy Nichols (Faith Hill), to name a few. For more information on Open Labs, please visit www.openlabs.com <http://www.openlabs.com/> .