Open Labs NeKo64 Gen 2, NeKo LET Gen2
self-contained keyboard/computer workstation
for both live and studio applications

61-key - Euro 5.135,00
76-key - Euro 5.650,00

NeKo line
NeKo (an hybrid Windows XP musical keyboard production station) is capable of hosting up to 200 plug-in sounds and effect at once, play over 500-voice polyphony, record over 64 audio tracks at 24/96 simultaneously and clone virtually any other electronic keyboard or rack-mount sound module.
The importance of plug-in sounds and effect is that in the past few years, software emulation of synthesized sounds have equaled and even surpassed dedicated hardware products providing higher audio quality and a dramatically larger number of choices. In addition, sampling technologies now provide lifelike acoustic sounds that rival the actual instruments, however; the samples may be gigabytes in size.
NeKo allows to run virtually all standard plug-in formats including VST, VSTi and DXi in addition to Windows XP based software applications. On the hardware side, it allows you to upgrade virtually every component,

The NeKo line is driven by powerful processors .The NeKo 64 (Gen2) is equipped with the latest Dual-Core Athlon 64-bit processors, while the NeKo LE (Gen2) is powered by an Intel Pentium 4 (3.0GHz) processor.
NeKo is capable of running up to 200 plug-ins at the same time as well as more than 500 voices of polyphony. The NeKo is offered with multiple audio I/O options with up to 24-bit/192 kHz audio quality and can record 64 tracks of audio at 24/96.

Clone Hardware: When equipped with the Clone Hardware option, NeKo is able to clone any electronic keyboard or hardware sound module. It can sample the entire sound library of the hardware product complete with after-touch and effects, thereby in a sense turning it into a softsynth, automatically. With fully assignable banks of faders, knobs, buttons and a 15" color touch-screen, you can recreate the controls of the hardware product that you have just sampled, making the cloning process complete.

Low Latency: NeKo gives you near-zero latency, even under high processor loads. This is achieved by optimization of the Windows XP operating system, custom device drivers and middleware developed by Open Labs

5,000+ Sounds: All NeKo (Gen2) keyboard production stations come preinstalled with the Open Labs' Openscape sound library comprised of over 5,000 high quality sound presets, ready to use right out of the box. NeKo (Gen2) has the ability to handle up to several million sound presets along with complex effects.

Interchangeable Control Modules: NeKo's interchangeable control modules provide a physical interface for easier control of software instruments and are designed to support virtually any future control options.
Equipped with PCI-E slots that can accept up to full-size cards, the NeKo keyboard can accommodate your favorite DSP and audio upgrade cards.

NeKo64 Gen 2 and NeKo LET Gen 2

The NeKo64 Gen 2 and NeKo LET Gen 2 offer a host of new features that enable performers and producers alike to leverage the NeKo for both live and studio applications,
* RunSilent feature dynamically controls CPU speed and reduces temperature and fan speeds when ultra quiet operation in required
* PowerRush technology intelligently detects system load and automatically boosts performance for the most demanding tasks by increasing CPU clock speed on the fly
* Serial ATA 3Gb/s support for next generation USB hard drives that doubles current bus bandwidth for high-speed data transfers

Featuring a new color scheme, the new NeKos is initially available in 61-key and 76-key versions.
The NeKo64 Gen 2 includes native DDR2 800 support, universal PCI-E slots, the new Karsyn version 1.5; the Open Labs GUI version 2.0, and a new software bundle. In addition to its Athlon 64 D dual-core 2.0 Ghz processor and Windows XP Professional (custom-tuned for music applications),
the NeKo64 Gen 2 comes equipped with:
* 512 MB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB)
* 80 GB 7200 rpm HD (with 3 additional 3.5" drive bays)
* DVD-Combo Drive (upgradeable to a DVD burner)
* 15" color LCD touchscreen
* alpha module/linear module/rotary module/QWERTY module
* 1010 audio I/O
* Gigabit Ethernet/Firewire/USB 2.0
* MIDI in-out
* Wordclock.
The NeKo LET Gen2 features:
* 512 MB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB)
* 80 GB 7200 rpm HD (with 3 additional 3.5" drive bays)
* DVD-Combo Drive (upgradeable to a DVD burner)
* 15" color LCD touchscreen
* alpha module/linear module/rotary module/QWERTY module
* High Performance Audio I/O including: 24-bit/192kHz (2) ins / (2) outs analog
* (1) Coaxial S/PDIF (switchable to AES/EBU)
* (1) Optical S/PDIF (switchable to AES/EBU)/USB 2.0
* Karsyn 1.5
* Open Labs GUI 2.0

The NeKo64 Gen 2 can add up to 2 terabytes of hard-drive (HD) storage, while the NeKo LET Gen 2 can add up to 1 terabyte of HD storage.

Both the NeKo64 Gen 2 and the NeKo LET Gen 2 are 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. Intelligent controls have been added to both the NeKo64 Gen 2 and the NeKo LET Gen 2 for most popular music applications, including Sonar, Cubase Nuendo, GigaStudio, and Reason. The NeKo64 Gen 2 and NeKo LET Gen 2 have added greater automation. The Alpha control has been remapped so that dedicated buttons launch applications that are most used, changing the display when a frequently used application is selected. All other controls are automatically mapped to that piece of software when this occurs, including the knobs, faders, buttons, and alpha control joystick, enabling a complete automated session.

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 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.

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