WNAMM07: Third Generation NeKo

Gen 3 Open Labs NeKo incorporates Intel Core2 Duo Processors for up to 140 tracks of 24-Bit audio      31/01/07
WNAMM07: Third Generation NeKo


Open Labs has introduced its Open Labs Gen 3 series of NeKo Studio ProductionCenter products, with powerful upgrades to its NeKo SE, NeKo LX, and Neko 76. Open Labs tell us that the upgrades to the NeKo products provide users with greater power and expanded features at a lower price point for what is a powerful built-in, design-specific, full-featured, Windows XP- based computer system. The NeKo is the first line of keyboard workstations to incorporate a Windows PC and are now the first keyboard workstations products to use Intel Core2 Duo processors, offering processing speeds up to 70% faster than Gen 2 models.
The Gen 3 products offer increased processor speeds increased RAM and memory to support today’s memory-hungry applications, and an expanded software bundle, which includes landmark piano reproductions from 4Front Technologies True Piano and strings and orchestral samples from WusikStation. The Gen 3 Neko enables users to record up to 140 tracks of 24-bit audio; play up to 500-note polyphony, and support up to 300 plug-ins in a single instrument.
The NeKo SE, NeKo LX, and NeKo 76 feature Open Labs’ suite of applications – Karsyn, mFusion, and the Open Labs Navigator - which the company say are a breakthrough set of technologies that allow users to control different musical keyboard devices and software packages through a single interface.
NeKo SE
The NeKo SE (standard edition), streamlined for performance, is a 61-key unit that includes a 2.1 GHz Intel Core2 Duo processor; 2 GB RAM; 250 GB HD; 15" color LCD touchscreen; 15-inch touchscreen; Dual Video/Dual Layer DVD Burner; 24 bit/192 KHz (4ins/outs) Audio; QWERTY controller; master controller and two open controller bays, and Windows XP Home software bundle including Sonar LE.
NeKo LX
The NeKo LX (luxury edition), fully-loaded for professional use, is a 61-key unit that includes a 2.4 GHz Core2 Duo processor; 4GB RAM; 250GB HD; 15" color LCD touchscreen; 2 Dual Video/Dual layer DVD Burners; 10ins/outs audio; Rotary controller; Linear controller; QWERTY controller; Alpha controller, and Windows XP Home Software bundle including Sonar LE. The NeKo LX also includes Open Labs’ revolutionary Mimik keyboard cloning software, which allows any MIDI capable keyboard or hardware sound module to be cloned.
NeKo 76
The NeKo 76 incorporates a 76-key keyboard; 2.4 GHz Core2 Duo processor; 4 GB RAM; 250GB hard drive and two DVD burners, along with a 15-inch touchscreen and master controller with assignable linear faders and buttons. The NeKo 76 includes a QWERTY keyboard and NeKo LX software bundle, along with Mimik keyboard cloning software.
The Gen 3 products offer increased processor speeds increased RAM and memory to support today’s memory-hungry applications, and an expanded software bundle, which includes landmark piano reproductions from 4Front Technologies True Piano and strings and orchestral samples from WusikStation. The Gen 3 Neko enables users to record up to 140 tracks of 24-bit audio; play up to 500-note polyphony, and support up to 300 plug-ins in a single instrument.
The NeKo SE, NeKo LX, and NeKo 76 feature Open Labs’ suite of applications – Karsyn, mFusion, and the Open Labs Navigator - which the company say are a breakthrough set of technologies that allow users to control different musical keyboard devices and software packages through a single interface.
Tom Linklater, vice president of sales for Open Labs told us, “The Open Labs NeKo customer is our greatest development partner; we have streamlined our production processes to enable faster upgrade paths for our NeKo line, and the new NeKo SE and NeKo LX represent significant improvements for our customers. The Open Labs NeKo has created a demand for power, speed, and feature-rich capabilities at competitive price points, and we are responding accordingly.�
Craig Negoescu, chief architect of Open Labs had this to say, “The NeKo community has captured the vision of the product and extended it with passion; we are now delivering an even more powerful product at lower price points for our customers. The historically tremendous interest in the NeKo product is undiminished.� Pricing and Availability:
NeKo SE (standard edition) $3,999
NeKo LX (luxury edition) $5,999
NeKo 76 $7,399
For the NeKo SE, Mimik is sold separately at $199
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