Open Labs OpenSynth neKo64

Mar 3, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Open Labs has started shipping the OpenSynth™ neKo64™ open-platform keyboard workstations. The OpenSynth combines the power and flexibility of personal computers with the real-world playability of traditional electronic keyboards, allowing musicians to use virtual instruments and effects plug-ins in a studio or live performance setting. Shipments began with the 61-key AMD Opteron version, with the 76-key soon to follow.

The OpenSynth neKo64 is equipped with up to dual AMD Opteron™ processors running at 64 bits. Bundled software includes GigaStudio 32, SonicSynth with Sample Tank LE, Traktion, Orion Pro, Karsyn and more than 40 VST and VSTi plug-ins, totaling hundreds of sounds and effects. Due to customer requests, all neKo series have been upgraded to include the pro audio I/O with 10 ins/out and all four control modules. The entry-level model will not include the optional 15-inch LCD touch screen, but will include built-in video support for an external monitor.

"Neko64 combines the unmatched production power of the Opteron 64-bit architecture with the unlimited creative potential of open-software–based synthesis," said Charles R. Boswell Jr., senior member technical staff AMD Digital Media and Entertainment. "The advent of Neko64 marks the beginning of the next revolution in music production and performance."

"Our goal was to deliver a complete solution to the artist," said Victor Wong, CEO of Open Labs Inc. "The numerous technical advances we have made in hardware and software design allowed us to deliver upon our promise. We are sure that everyone will be as pleased with the results as we are."

Open Labs will offer custom-configured versions direct from its Website, Preconfigured versions and upgrade components will be available directly from its resellers. The first 1,000 units shipped will be the signature series marked by hand-numbered signatures of the founders, a framed certificate of authenticity, black-colored endbells and additional limited-edition goodies. Street price for the neKo series keyboard workstation starts at $3,445.

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