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Super-Producer Brands Open Labs Keyboard With Custom Sounds

by on Nov.30, 2007, under General

Austin, Texas – Open Labs, the leading designer and developer of computer based music production solutions, introduced the Timbaland Special Edition MiKo keyboard workcenter today. Building on the standard features of the MiKo LX, an all-in-one portable studio powered by Windows™ XP that is 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, the Timbaland Special Edition takes this robust instrument to an entirely new level of performance and creativity.

Dressed in an all-new Arctic White Chassis color scheme, the Timbaland Special Edition MiKo will stand out in any crowd. The Timbaland Special Edition MiKo features E-MU™’s new Proteus™ X2 Streaming Sound Module V2.5 with over 7,000 instruments, including the new Ensoniq™ Urban Legends™ Sound Library that contains the sounds from Ensoniq’s ASR™/EPS™/MR™/ASR-X™/ZR™ instruments. These sounds were specifically requested by Timbaland, and are only available in the Timbaland MiKo, an Open Labs exclusive.

– E-MU™ Proteus™ 2000
– E-MU™ Mo’Phatt™
– E-MU™ Modular System™
– Ensoniq™ EPS™ /EPS 16+™
– Ensoniq ASR 10™
– Ensoniq ASR-X™
– Ensoniq ZR76™
– Ensoniq MR61™
– 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 2.5 environment, these keyboards are reborn inside the Timbaland Special Edition MiKo providing world-class audio quality, choice of instruments, ease of use and represents a value of over $60,000 if the actual keyboards were purchased individually.

When combined with the new Open Labs sound library V4, the Timbaland Edition MiKo contains over 24-gigabytes of premium sounds, constituting 25,027 presets. The street price for the bundled software and sound libraries is $2,967, which includes $487 worth of Open Labs Special Edition plugins, optimized by the software developers for use with the MiKo.

“I’ve made the new Timbaland Special Edition MiKo with Tim’s Touch,” said Timbaland, “It’s got everything I need in a single box and when I use it, we make masterpieces.”

“Timbaland is really on top of the world right now. His music is everywhere,” said President of Open Labs, Victor Wong. “To think that he is using our gear to produce these hits is cool, but the fact that he has put a little bit of himself into the MiKo, making it an even better instrument, is incredible. This is all very exciting for us.”

“We are honored that Timbaland asked us to help create his ultimate instrument,” said E-MU’s Senior Product Manager, Ichi Nagai. “We are excited to put together the exclusive Ensoniq Urban Legends Sound Library for Open Labs that contains many of Timbaland’s favorite sounds that he’s used in his work over the years.”

The Timbaland Special Edition MiKo will start shipping on August 15, 2007. The estimated street price is: $3,899 and includes the following:

Timbaland Special Edition MiKo Technical Specifications:

37-key semi-weighted synth action keyboard (World class Fatar® Technology)

Core2 Duo® Dual-core 64-bits (2.1GHz)

Control Surfaces:
Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels, Trackpad with 2 Buttons, Keyboard (“QWERTY”) Module, Alpha Control Module (5 Faders, 5 Modes Buttons, 3 Transpose Buttons, 5 Directions Buttons and 5 Transport Buttons), DJ Module: Penny and Giles® Cross-Fader, 7 Knobs and 12 Buttons


Expansion Slots:
(3) PCI Slots (2 avail. for upgrades), (3) PCI-E Slots (2 avail. for upgrades), (2) 3.5” Bays: (1) Start Up Drive and (1) Available for Upgrades, (1) 5.25” Dual-Layer DVD-RW burner (8.5GB/disc)

Audio I/O:
(1) High Performance Audio I/O Card with Low Latency including 24-bit/96kHz professional 4-in/6-out : (2) mic/instrument preamp inputs (with Phantom Power 48V), (2) analog line inputs, (6) analog line outputs, S/PDIF digital I/O (coaxial)

MiKo LX (1) 250GB, 7200RPM HD; Upgradeable to 1.5 Terabytes

High Speed Dual-Layer 8.5GB/Disk CD/DVD Burner

Internal 15” Color Touch Screen LCD High Resolution (1024 x 768), External VGA port for running Dual Monitors or a Video Projector

Midi In/Out, 1) Sustain and (1) Expression ports, 2) USB 2.0 ports, 3) (1) FireWire 400 port, 4) (1) Gigabit (10/100/1000) Ethernet port, 5) (1) Headphone Jack with Volume Control

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

PREMIUM Factory Sound Library V4:
25,027 presets (over 24GB of sounds) from over 60 virtual instruments including: including E-MU’s Ensoniq Urban Legends, Mo’Phatt X, Vintage X Pro Collection, Virtuoso X, and X2 Production Library, 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, 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, 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.

Included Accessories:
AC Cord, Start Guide, Owner’s Manual (PDF), Motherboard Manual, 2 Open Labs Sounds and Drivers DVDs, 3 Utility CDs, 3 Reference Maps, 2.5mm Wrench, Additional Screws and Washers for Hard-Drive Upgrade

Power Supply:
500 Watt Power Supply, Whisper Quiet Cooling Fans (Internal Chassis, Processor & Power Supply)

36”(W) X 20”(D) X 7”(H), Weight (base configuration) 35 lbs.

About Open Labs

Open Labs designs and markets tools for performing and recording musicians at every level of expertise. The company’s products, MiKo and NeKo, are the first keyboards and pro audio production stations 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. For more information, visit the Web site at

About E-MU Systems

E-MU Systems is a leading developer of digital audio products to serve musicians and audio professionals. E-MU designs, manufactures and markets software instruments, audio/MIDI interfaces, USB/MIDI controllers and powered reference monitors, many of which make use of proprietary VLSI/Chip technology and E-MU’s advanced software algorithms. Superb audio quality and consistent technical innovation have made its products the choice for quality-minded musicians worldwide. E-MU Systems is based in Scotts Valley, California. For more information visit

Trademark Notice: Open Labs® , MiKo™ mFusion™ MimiK and Karysyn™ are trademarks of Open Labs, Inc. E-Mu, Proteus, Mo’Phatt Ensoniq EPS, Ensoniq EPS 16+, Ensoniq ASR 10, Ensoniq ASR-X, Ensoniq ZR76, and Ensoniq MR61 are trademarks of E-Mu Systems. All other marks used to either identify another entity or its products by their given name. Open Labs makes no claims to the use of these marks for any other purpose.


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