NeKo (eKo), the world’s first keyboard production station (2003)
In January 2003, as CEO of Open Labs, we released the eKo (subsequently changed to NeKo) keyboard production station. It was the first musical keyboard to be equipped with a powerful computer processor capable of running Windows, essential for multi-track music production and performing with VSTs (virtual instruments).
It was so advanced it totally eclipsed any other keyboard workstation ever produced before.
When we release it at winter NAMM show 2003, the press said “Open Labs, steals day one at NAMM” and “Open Labs just created an entirely new class of Super Instruments”
Here is our initial press release:
eKo, is the ultimate performance and studio instrument because it is simply the most advanced, flexible and cost effective product available today. Because it is based on our OpenSynth,Ñ¢ platform, eKo frees you from all of the frustrating limitations imposed by closed, proprietary systems, while still maintaining the virtues of an all-in-one keyboard instrument.
Open Sounds: eKo can emulate almost any instrument ever invented by hosting industry standard VSTi software synthesizers, samplers and audio processing plug ins. Open System: eKo utilizes industry standard micro-ATX motherboards and processors that allow you to run standard operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows or Linux and use standard PC-compatible hardware.
All in One: eKo’s all in one design eliminates the clutter and confusion of traditional desktop computer systems so you can focus on what really matters… The music.
User Friendly: eKo enables you to change settings and access programs through an easy to use interface that shields you from the complexities of the operating system.
Power to Rock: eKo can accommodate the fastest processors available, and more RAM and storage than any other music workstation.
Low Latency: eKo gives you near-zero latency even under high processor loads.
Instant On: Unlike traditional computers that may take minutes to start up, eKo utilizes a unique process that allows the keyboard to start up in seconds.
Interchangeable Control Modules: eKo’s interchangeable control modules provide a physical interface for easier control of software instruments and are designed to support virtually any future control options.
Non Stop, Music: eKo is the only musical instrument with integrated power management that combats power spikes and operates during power interruptions.
Modern Art: With a sleek, modern design incorporating an aluminum chassis and rubber endbells, eKo is as beautiful as it is powerful.
Surfboard: eKo’s included Ethernet port allows you to directly access the Internet, to quickly and easily download upgrades, sounds and applications.
Complete Portable Studio: eKo is a self-contained recording, editing and mastering system that’s perfect for the studio or stage.
Have it Your Way: With Open Labs’ Build-Your-Own-Keyboard (BYOK) ordering system, you can have the exact eKo that you want, when you want it, with the ability to upgrade at any time.