Open Labs announced at Musikmesse show a 76-key Windows-based computer keyboard production station, the NeKo 76-Key. The NeKo 76-Key offers 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 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 GS, and NeKo64.
The NeKo76-Key will ship by June 30, 2005 and will retail for a suggested manufacturer's price starting at $2,895.00 USD.
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.
mFusion's 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.
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