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Open Labs announced today it will be substantially upgrading the previous software bundles to its MiKo and NeKo keyboard production stations, which are all-in-one professional studios powered by Windows™ XP that are capable of running virtually any Windows XP compatible software including a variety of DAW software, virtual instruments (VSTi), virtual effects (VST) and other music applications, to further enhance the audio quality, choice of sounds and easy of use for its products.

The V4 sound library for the NeKo LX in particular, features E-MU™'s new Proteus™ X2 Streaming Sound Module V2.5 with over 5,500 instruments including the following:

  • E-MU™ Proteus™ 2000
  • E-MU™ Mo'Phatt™
  • E-MU™ Modular System™
  • ARP™ 2600™
  • ARP™ Axxe™
  • Roland™ JD800™
  • Roland™ Jupiter 8™
  • Roland™ JX-8P™
  • Roland™ TB-303 Bass Line™
  • Roland™ Juno 60™
  • Moog™ Memorymoog™
  • Mini™ Moog™
  • Moog™ Taurus Pedals™
  • Sequential Circuits™ Prophet 10™
  • Sequential Circuits™ Prophet 600™
  • Elka™ Rhapsody™
  • Mellotron™ Mark II™
  • Korg™ MS20™
  • Solina™
  • Oberheim™ OB™ & X™
  • Hammond™ B3™
  • Rhodes™ Electric Piano™
  • Hohner™ Clavinet™
  • Yamaha™ CP-70™
  • Wurlitzer™ Electric Piano™

Running within the new Proteus X V2.5 environment, these keyboards are reborn inside the Open Labs' MiKo and NeKo keyboard production stations, providing world-class audio quality, choice of instruments, ease of use and represents a value of over $50,000 if the actual keyboards were purchased individually.

The 25GB NeKo LX V4 sound library encompasses virtually every sound that an artist would need to compose or perform. The 22,784 high quality presets greatly exceeds the capacity of any other keyboard workstation available.

The street price for the bundled software and sound libraries is $3,003, which includes $487 worth of Open Labs Special Edition plugins, optimized by the software developers for use with the NeKo LX.

Similar upgrades are available for other products from Open Labs including: NeKo SE, MiKo SE, MiKo LX and the new Timbaland Special Edition MiKo.

"Given the fact that we have by far the most powerful processors as well as the ability to install up to 4 terabytes of storage in the NeKo LX currently," said President of Open Labs, Victor Wong, "we are able to do things that are simply not possible with any other keyboard workstation, but then the NeKo LX is really a replacement for an entire studio and not just a part of one."

"E-MU is excited to provide the core instrument of Open Labs' powerful NeKo and MiKo keyboard production stations," said E-MU Senior Product Manager, Ichi Nagai. "The quality and performance of these systems really allows users to get the most out of Proteus X2, both live and in the studio."

A detailed listing of the NeKo LX V4 sound library and software applications are as follows:

Software: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home, Open Labs Custom GUI (Graphic User Interface), Open Labs mFusion®, Open Labs Karsyn®, Open Labs MimiK, E-MU Proteus X2 Streaming Sound Module V2.5

PREMIUM Factory Sound Library V4: 22,784 presets (over 25GB of sounds) from over 60 virtual instruments including: E-MU's Mo'Phatt X, Vintage X Pro Vol.1-3, Virtuoso X, Old World Instruments and the full X2 Production Library (with the 1024 original presets of the Proteus 2000), Truepianos, WusikStation V4, Extra Wusik Sound Libraries (Wusik Sound Magazine 1-13, HQ Strings, Choirs, GM), Purity, Sylenth 1, VB3 OL SE, Mr. Ray22, Mr. Ray73, Mr. Tramp, Organized Trio V3, Realguitar V2.1 OL SE, Discovery V2.10 OL SE, Vertigo V2.6 OL SE, HighLife V1.4, WIVI Trial Edt., Suburban Guitarist, Lollapalooza Lite OL SE, BB303i V2, Synth 1, Addictive Drums Demo, Ticky Clav, Delay Lama, Crystal V2.4, Sun RA, String Theory v1.5, Texture V1.2, Rez V2.0, Motion V2.8, Plugsound Free, Mini Dizi, Mini Erhu, EPiano Module, Rhodes Module, Bass Module, Rock, SFZ Player Free, Bass Line, UltraSonique V1.1, Syncoder 32-2, Spook Keys, Super Spook Keys, Cubix V1.0.1, Minimal V1.5, Optik v1.4, Pandemonium V2.0, X-Fortuna, Lazer Blade Free, Protoplasm 21 Free, STS-25 Free, Ph0ne, Rogue, MicroSynt, Artphase V1.5, Mr. Alias V1.02, Blood Bucket V1, Monolisa V1.12, String Synth, PhadiZ, Accordion

The upgraded models are scheduled to ship August 15, 2007. Open Labs will not be increasing the prices to any of their keyboard production stations. Prices are as follows:

NeKo LX 76: $7,399
NeKo LX 61: $5,999
NeKo SE: $3,999
MiKo LX: $3,499
MiKo SE: $2,999

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