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Open Labs announced today at the 2003 Winter NAMM Convention eKo, the world's first open platform musical keyboard workstation and the OpenSynth hardware and software reference platform.
eKo is designed to bridge the gap between the personal computer and traditional music keyboard workstations by providing VST plugins, VSTi virtual instruments, and other software applications a physical reference keyboard for use by the performance artist. eKo is based on Open Lab's OpenSynth reference platform, which are open to all hardware and software developers.
The OpenSynth reference platform incorporates commercially available operating systems such as Windows XP and Linux, and standard personal computer hardware into a standard that will allow developers to successfully produce musical products that will consistently work properly with one another.
"We believe eKo could become the ultimate performance and studio instrument because it combines the power and flexibility of a personal computer with traditional electronic keyboards to form an entirely new class of powerful musical instruments," said Victor Wong, CEO of Open Labs.
"eKo is the next logical next step in the evolution of musical instruments," said Craig Negoescu, Chief Architect of Open Labs. Over the past few years there has been a plethora of new and powerful VST and VSTi plug ins, but no real way to use them in a keyboard. eKo was designed to be that keyboard."
Specific features of eKo includes the following:
List prices for the standard model configurations are expected to range between $1,995 and $5,200. Product shipments are set for second quarter 2003.
About Open Labs
Based in Austin, Texas, Open Labs develops advanced products for entertainment industries. The core members of the Open Labs team bring together into one company a diverse range of experience from the fields of computer systems integration, musical instrument design and performance, application and GUI design, hardware design, third party developer management, and audio/musical instrument sales.
Open Labs, the Open Labs logo, OpenSynth, eKo, and Music Non Stop, BYOK are trademarks of Open Labs. All other company or product names are trademarks of their respective owners and, in some cases, are used by Open Labs under license. Specifications, pricing and delivery schedules are subject to change without notice