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Open Labs Announces NeKo 76-Key at Musik Messe

First 76-key Windows-based keyboard production station based on mFusion (April 06, 2005)

Open Labs, the leading designer and developer of computer-based music production solutions, today announced at Musik Messe the first 76-key Windows-based computer keyboard production station, the NeKo 76-Key. The NeKo 76-Key offers an expanded version of what is already the most powerful keyboard on the market, the award-winning NeKo64, and incorporates both 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 microprocessor and dual Opteron processor (1.4 GHz and 2.0 GHz) versions. The NeKo 76-Key is integrated with the recently-announced mFusion, a breakthrough set of software technologies from Open Labs that allows users to control different musical keyboard devices and software packages through a single interface.

Open Labs will also make full 76-key versions of all its current models, including the NeKo LE; NeKo LET; NeKo GS, and NeKo64.

?With the introduction of a 76-key version of our NeKo keyboard, we now have completed the basic building blocks for the industrys full-scale transition to Windows-based keyboards that can run every existing system and deliver even greater sounds and samples using a computer hybrid keyboard production station, said Victor Wong, CEO of Open Labs.

The NeKo76-Key will ship by June 30, 2005 and will retail for a suggested manufacturers price starting at $2,895.00 USD.

Like the NeKo GS, the NeKo 76-Key is designed for use with leading digital music systems, including Tascams GigaStudio3 Sampler, the most powerful sampler on the market; Digidesign Pro Tools, and the E-Mu Proteus X sound module.

Performers and producers can take advantage of an efficient, next-generation platform for music production that allows users to access and create more digital music, in less time, and with greater control than previously available.

About mFusion
mFusion is the latest software component of the Open Labs OpenSynth platform, which is used in the Open Labs NeKo and OMX lines of keyboards and digital audio workstations. mFusion is a set of software technologies along with a control panel that allows the user to easily navigate, access, and remap control surfaces for all Open Labs control panels as well as all third-party Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) control devices.

mFusion will be shipped preinstalled in all Open Labs products as well as future products from Open Labs growing list of development partners.

With mFusion, users merely need to touch a knob or slider to begin the process. A wide variety of options are available for each control type. For example, a button can send a MIDI note-on, initiate a program change, keystroke, or even launch an application. This versatility extends to encoders, knobs, faders, drumpads, and many other common control types, with the ability to address and remap up to thousands of controllers simultaneously.

mFusions unified approach further benefits existing music computing applications. mFusion takes multiple MIDI devices and exposes the system to only one device, creating a virtual gateway with multiple extensions, thereby making it possible for music programs that can only access one controller to gain full access to multiple controllers.

About Open Labs
Open Labs designs and markets tools for performing and recording musicians of every level of expertise. The companys products, OMX and NeKo, are the first keyboards and computers to incorporate 64-bit computer processing technology into single-unit tools that can simultaneously play, record, mix, and master high-quality digital audio and effects. Open Labs, formed in 2002, combines decades of expertise in computer technology, keyboard technology, and product design. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

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