Open Labs have debuted their new DBeat instrument as seen in our video elsewhere in the Sonic State Messe09 coverage. The company say that DBeat marks the first product developed by Open Labs specifically for the DJ and electronic musician market by incorporating a broader range of sounds, powerful DJ hardware and industry leading software for unsurpassed live performance and studio capabilities.
Victor Wong, Chairman and Co-founder of Open Labs, told us, "There is a growing multitude of DJs and electronic musicians that not only perform live but are also DJ producers, and this instrument blows the door open for that group."
Here's all the details directly from Open Labs...
The DBeat instrument was engineered for portability and power. Encased in an ultra-light aluminum chassis and weighing only 20lbs, the DBeat boasts more than 10,000 sounds with an additional 14GB of sounds that come with the included, full feature version of AbletonTM Live 7. Live DJ performance capability is taken to the next level with the inclusion of Open Labs' edition of GURUTM and the proprietary virtual instrument host RiffTM - making DBeat the ultimate tool for using VSTi's in a live setting.
DBeat comes loaded with a plethora of fully mappable real-time controllers, including Open Labs' exclusive Bump MPTM drum pads, the Mix/Edit digital audio workstation panel, and comprehensive DJ controls including a cross-fader. DBeat puts "the feel" back in making music by including an integrated trackball, iPod-compatible cradle and 12-inch capacitive touch screen, which will be multi-touch capable with Windows 7 update.
The ability to directly connect USB turntables and the compatibility with virtually any software, including DeckadanceTM, Serato Scratch LiveTM, TraktorTM, Pro ToolsTM, ReasonTM and many more, make DBeat the ultimate DJ solution for studio, stage and club use.
More than 10,000 high-quality sounds, plus an additional 14 GB included with the full-feature version of AbletonTM Live 7;
Open Labs' proprietary virtual instrument host RiffTM - the ultimate tool for live performance using VSTi's;
Bump MPTM 17-pad drum module controller paired with Open Labs' edition of GURUTM that includes eight engines, note repeat, chromatic mode, transport and more, gives DBeat all the feel of an MPC with none of the limitations;
Mix/Edit digital audio workstation controls include 8 plus 1 fully customizable faders, knobs and soft keys, and an additional 8 mappable knobs with a 2x20 LCD readout;
DJ panel with cross fader, 7 knobs, 2 encoders for pitch/BPM and 8 buttons all assignable to key parameters for live performance;
12-inch capacitive touch screen (multi-touch capable with Windows 7 update) with an integrated trackball and an iPod-compatible cradle
Comprehensive I/O capable of up to 24bit/96KHz audio with 4 in / 6 out including 2 phantom-powered mic-pres with DI's, S/PDIF I/O and MIDI I/O;
Unlimited capability for running third party plug-ins, VSTi's and applications, including DeckadanceTM, Serato Scratch LiveTM, TraktorTM, Pro ToolsTM, ReasonTM and many more;
Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz processor, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, and FireWire, USB, DVI-I Video and Ethernet ports for easy connectivity ;
Portability perfect for DJs, music producers, and musicians on the go (26"L x 14"W x 5"H) and weighs approx. 20lbs;
Open Labs' Edition of WindowsTM, specifically configured for music production; and
One year of Open Labs Gold Support Services which include: one-hour "Get to Know Your Machine" session, remote desktop support via Internet in addition to phone and email support, and full parts/labor warranty coverage.
Pricing and Availability:
DBeat - $3,999
$500 Rebate for pre-orders before June 10th. Only $3,499 More information: