Open Labs Announces Timbaland Special Edition NeKo Keyboard

Open Labs Announces Timbaland Special Edition NeKo Keyboard Production Station

Open Labs has introduced a companion to the Timbaland Special Edition MiKo.

The Timbaland Special Edition NeKo, an all-in-one production studio powered by Windows XP, 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.

“Timbaland wanted the ability to work on his music from home on a larger unit and still be able to travel easily with his MiKo. This was a fantastic way for Timbaland to achieve this by utilizing gear with matching specs and software,” said Victor Wong, Founder and Chairman of Open Labs. “By introducing this model we are able to provide the features that most people are looking for, while reducing the price over $1,000 from the NeKo LX model.”


The Gen4 models are now equipped with Intel Core2Quad™ processors. With the edition of Translator, specially written for Open Labs by Chicken Systems, users can convert and manage many different file types within the Open Labs environment.

“We have been long fans of the Open Labs concept and are excited to be included in their software bundles,” said Garth Hjelte, President of Chicken Systems. “We feel that an Open Labs computer production station is the ultimate solution for the gigging musician who wants to integrate their studio work into their live touring needs. Not only that, an Open Labs production station can be the primary hub of a productive studio environment. Translator™ fits well into that scheme, since it allows complete flexibility in providing software instruments into any configuration the Open Labs user may elect to work with.”

The Timbaland Special Edition NeKo features E-MU™’s new Proteus X2 Streaming Sound Module V2.5 with over 10,148 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 Special Edition units, 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™

“Having it all right there is great. It’s like your disc cases, your turntables, it’s everything that you would need. All right there at your fingertips.” said Timbaland.

The Timbaland Special Edition NeKo will start shipping the second quarter of 2008. The estimated street price is: $4,799.

4 thoughts on “Open Labs Announces Timbaland Special Edition NeKo Keyboard

  1. Sure this Open Labs stuff is great. But be prepared to be pushed around like a fool when it comes to supply. I know people wh
    o ordered their unit in september and were delivered only in march. I orderered mine in December from a store in Germany. Every week I was given a different story from Open Labs and a different story from the reseller. OL was saying delivery for January, the store said for february. Came february, I was told mid february from Open Labs, the store then said end of february. Now the store is saying end of March and Open Labs is saying…well they are just not answering mails anymore… Buy a Korg Oasys or a Yamaha Motif instead…you’ll get better service. Remember, lousy sales service = lousy tech support.

  2. [email protected] Jessie…For $4,700 I'd expect to see glowing reviews about this device. That 1 comment sure makes me loose that starry eyed look I had when I read the features. Although this comment is over 2 yrs old…you'd think after so long there would be more comments…good or bad. Seems a little lack luster to me. Maybe I'll just stick with my Roland and desktop computer for now.

  3. gotta be a BIG star to get this "Right Away" sorry about your luck, did you get any extras because of the delay?(plug ins) i have this and it is insane easy/ awesome to own. no problems/crashes, just pure creativity.

  4. Im also thinking of buying one now since the company has new owners and seems to
    getting the system out to dealers now.
    I was thinking about a new KRONOS but I think the software is going to be the easy way to upgrade when new things come out. The hardware keyboards will be stuck where ever
    they started and always want to sell you another whole keyboard just to get some more

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