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Perfect for studios, producers, and artists on the go, the Gen5 E-Series MiKo EC5 is based on Open Labs' acclaimed L-series workstations. The Gen5 EC...Click To Read More About This Product
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A fast CPU, 37-keys, 15" touchscreen, software, QWERTY keyboard, and the I/O for a complete package.
Perfect for studios, producers, and artists on the go, the Gen5 E-Series MiKo EC5 is based on Open Labs' acclaimed L-series workstations. The Gen5 EC5 DAW from the E-Series features the same high-grade aircraft aluminum chassis, innovative touchscreen capabilities and pristine audio quality as the L-series. The Gen5 MiKo EC5 includes more than 7,500 high-quality preset sounds, a fully licensed version of Reaper (DAW), their live virtual instrument host Riff, and practically unlimited capability for third-party plug-ins, VSTi's and applications including Pro Tools, Native Instruments, Cubase, Ableton, Reason, and more.
The Open Labs MiKo EC5 ships complete with the more than 7,500 high-quality sounds as mentioned above, a 15" touchscreen for hands-on control of any software parameter and a two-button touch pad. It also comes with Open Labs' proprietary virtual instrument host Riff” the ultimate tool for live performance using VSTis, as well as the unlimited ability to run 3rd-party plug-ins, VSTis and applications, including Pro Tools, Cubase, Ableton, Native Instruments, Serato Scratch Live, Reason and many more.
Giving it the power to do all it can do for you musically, it has an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz processor with 2GB of RAM. To save your ideas, the EC5 has a 500GB hard drive, and a dual-layer CD/DVD burner for sharing them when they are polished. It comes with a Windows OS specifically configured for music production by Open and is internet-ready for sharing your finished compositions or for sharing ideas quickly.
Other features on this state-of-the-art keyboard workstation include a Master Control Panel with transport controls, 4-plus-1 mappable faders, transpose functions, and more; a 61-key semi-weighted, synth-action keyboard with after-touch; integrated "QWERTY" keyboard panel; and comprehensive I/O capable of up to 24-bit/96KHz audio with 4 In/6 Out including 2 phantom-powered mic-preamps with instrument inputs, S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, 4 USB 2.0 ports (2 external/2internal), 1 Firewire 1394 port, 1 VGA Video port, and 1 Ethernet port.
MiKo EC5 Software Bundle:
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V5 Sound Library Software
Software: Microsoft Windows XP Home, Open Labs Custom GUI (Graphic User Interface), Open Labs Riff, and Reaper
Factory Sounds: Crystal, Highlife, MDA DX10, MDA JX10, RealGuitar
Keyboard: 37-key semi-weighted synth action keyboard (World-class Fatar Technology)
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo (2.8GHz)
Memory: 2GB (upgradeable to 4GB)
Storage: 500GB (upgradeable to 2TB)
Drive: High-speed dual-layer 8.5GB/disc CD/DVD burner
Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels
Trackpad with 2 buttons
Built-in Keyboard ("QWERTY") Module
Open Labs Master Control
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)
Display: Internal 15" color touchscreen LCD high-resolution (1024 x 768), external VGA port for running dual monitors or a video projector
1 Sustain port
1 Expression port
4 USB 2.0 ports (2 external/2 internal)
1 FireWire 400 port
1 Gigabit (10/100/1000) Ethernet port
1 Headphone Jack with Volume Control
1 DVI-I Video Port
Microsoft Windows XP Home
Open Labs Custom GUI (Graphic User Interface)
Open Labs Riff
Open Labs mFusion
PREMIUM Factory Sound Library:
Over 7,500 presets on the Miko EC5 and 1,000 song presets loaded into RiFF
One year of Open Labs Gold Support Services
The design and portability of the MiKo EC5 makes it a smart choice for professionals. Order now!
32"W x 19"D x 7"H
Weight (base configuration): 46lb.
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Comments about Open Labs MiKo EC5 Keyboard DAW Workcenter:
dont expect to jump right in and make music, the learning curve on this piece is very steep, i currently own more than a few hardware pieces in my studio(roland x6,Korg triton pro,roland mc-808,akai MPC 2000xl and a korg trinity)and i mastered those quick. i am also a pro reason user as i give classes on the software at phillips music company here in lawton, but when i first opened this board i was totally lost. it opens up into riff(which if you are not a gigging musician you will probably never use) the multi track software(reaper) is ok but not as powerfull as you might think. the keys feel toyish, there is good response but they feel like the keys on my old casio like one good hard chord strike and you might hurt something, the power in this unit is really the fact that it is a computer PERIOD. after i realized what came stock wasn't really all that, i went to putting software on it, and there is where you see the power. i currently have reason 5 with record loaded as well as fruity loops 8, pro tools 8 LE,korg wave station,the waves gold bundle,and a few other mastering softwares and vst's.the stock sounds (which all sound really general midi to me) are expressive, but still simple sounds that are on most sound sets. i like the mobility one machine to do it all, but that being said a strong laptop and a good workstation like a roland g6 or possibly a yamaha motif with pro tools would accomplish the same thing. the touch screen is great, except when you need to do exact placements your better off useing the mouse pad. if you are a medium to pro user of windows you will be able to tell how they watered down the OS small things are missing like you cant set a password when recovering from the screen saver, you cant make another windows user stuff you dont need anyway but it is noticeable. antivirus is not an option, i was trying to install panda antivirus (just in case) but nope the OS is missing something that wouldnt let it install (oh well) the presonus firebox is good, but i use protools with the mbox via USB with great results.in closeing if you are looking for an all in one workstation this is it "TOTALLY" but the sheer size and cost of the unit make it unpraticle to move from pillar to post for fear of damaging it,i miss not having all my keys as i am a keyboardist and 30 some odd keys just isnt enough i feel i will have to use one of my bigger boards thru midi to have more keys, the unit is "OK" but not the end all be all unit it is cracked up to be. a strong pc/mac, protools and a good keyboard will accomplish the same thing except without the "cool" factor.
Comments about Open Labs MiKo EC5 Keyboard DAW Workcenter:
Overall I like the Miko a lot. I have my Miko EC5 in my drum room hooked up to an electronic drum kit for laying down live drum tracks using Fxpansion BFD, Toontrack Superior Drummer, and Addictive Drums in Pro tools 10. As far as the money is concern it is worth every penny. I just got my Miko upgraded to Windows 7 with a second hard drive installed and 8 gb of ram. It runs smoothly without a glitch. The open labs tech support is fantastic they remote installed my Windows OS without the unit ever leaving my studio. The OS upgrade includes not only Windows 7 , but Reaper 4, Mimik cloning app, with tons of new sounds. The only thing that I have to say bad is I wish that the Upgrade came with Open Labs new DAW Music OS which I had to purchase separately at a discounted price.
I just bought my second open labs keyboard workstation (EC5) about 2 weeks ago and it is great for making sweet music.
The Miko EC5 offers some impressive features such as the all in one custom design with alpha keyboard for inputting information in you DAW, midi keyboard for playing software synths, and control surface for giving me hands on feel of control faders within my DAW, as well as a touchscreen for easy access. What I like most is the all in one design which makes it a portable solution and it hardly takes up any space on my design compare to having everything separate. With the Miko Ec5 you don't have all the issues of getting gear from various manufactures to work cohesively together.
The Miko Ec5 is very affordable when you compare it to buy a decent computer, audio interface, midi keyboard, control surface, and touchscreen LCD monitor.