AES: Openlabs go after ProTools

New OMX64 Extreme kicks some serious butt      29/10/04
Using phrases like "the industry’s most powerful digital audio workstation" is pretty no-holds-barred stuff, but the gloves are off and Openlabs have come out fighting for a piece of Digidesign's market share with the latest incarnation of their OMX64 range - the 'Extreme'.
There's also a more budget-friendly version - the OMX64 LE.

Here's what they reckon themselves (watch out for unbridled superlatives and hyperbole ;-)

"The Open Labs OMX�64 Extreme is the first all-in-one digital audio workstation/computer to incorporate 64-bit processing power, using the AMD Opteron processor. The OMX64 Extreme enables studio professionals and musicians to essentially play, record, mix, and master world-class studio music in a single Windows-based unit that can be carried anywhere, without the need for an external computer.

The OMX64 Extreme is priced competitively, offering professionals a greater value than Digidesign’s Pro Tools, while the OMX64 LE provides a tremendous value for budget-minded musicians, while offering a clear upgrade path to the OMX64 Extreme.

The OMX64 Extreme incorporates input and output (I/O) functions, a CPU, and an open architecture that is compatible with all major music creation programs, plug-ins, and operating systems. Users can flexibly add music programs, connect to additional hardware, network OMX64 Extreme units, or upgrade at their own pace.

“The OMX64 Extreme is the first purpose-built computer for music. Now, for the first time, professionals can handle multiple, multitrack sessions in a single rack-unit, with more effects, processing power, and upgradeable options than ever before,” said Victor Wong, co-founder and CEO of Open Labs. “For fully one-third the price of the Pro Tools HD 3 Accel, Open Labs delivers a digital audio workstation that is truly plug-and-play. The OMX64 Extreme takes the voodoo out of professional audio recording and post-production.”

The OMX64 Extreme incorporates more sounds and effects, at greater quality levels, than any other workstation on the market. At 18 inches deep, the OMX64 Extreme packs more power in a system that retails for $11,995 USD than a $50,000 recording console would have offered in 1999. The unit incorporates dual 64-bit capable AMD Opteron processors with Direct Connect Architecture running at 2.0GHz, with 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 16GB), one 80GB 7200 RPM Enterprise-level removable hard drives, with four 250 GB (up to 1 terabyte) 7200RPm enterprise-level RAID.

The OMX64 LE is the ideal building-block for any home studio enthusiast or recording musician. Priced at $2,195.00 USD, the OMX64 LE delivers pristine 24 bit/96 KHz audio with a wide range of options.

“The OMX64 Extreme is the latest Open Labs innovation to use the 64-bit AMD Opteron processor, which enhances your creative freedom by significantly reducing traditional technology bottlenecks,” said Charlie Boswell, director of Digital Media and Entertainment for AMD. “The OMX64 Extreme with AMD64 technology puts tremendous production capability at your fingertips by offering 64-bit addressable memory and capabilities of hosting multiple samplers and virtual instruments for high-resolution audio recording. This sets a new bar and promises to change the industry.”

“The Open Labs OMX64 digital audio workstation has completely changed the way I think both as a designer and a performer,” said Keith Levinson, conductor/arranger for The Who, KISS, and Meat Loaf. “There is nothing more appealing to me than a plug-and-play solution that replaces racks and racks of hardware without losing the quality of sounds that my work demands. The only thing more impressive than Open Labs gear is their commitment to quality control and service. Open Labs has helped make my musical landscape a more beautiful place in which to work.”

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