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Open Labs NeKo EX5 Keyboard DAW Workcenter

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Perfect for studios, producers, and artists-on-the-go, the Gen5 NeKo EX5 is based on the superior quality and established reputation of Open Labs' ac...Click To Read More About This Product

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A portable professional music studio with plenty of I/O, fast CPU, 61-keys, 15" touchscreen, software, and more.

Perfect for studios, producers, and artists-on-the-go, the Gen5 NeKo EX5 is based on the superior quality and established reputation of Open Labs' acclaimed L-series workstations. The Gen5 E-Series products feature the same high-grade aircraft aluminum chassis, innovative touchscreen capabilities and pristine audio quality as the L-series. The Gen5 NeKo EX5 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 NeKo EX5 DAW ships complete with 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. You also get Open Labs' proprietary virtual instrument host Riff” the ultimate tool for live performance using VSTi's, as well as unlimited capability for running 3rd-party plug-ins, VSTi's 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 your music, it has an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz processor with 2GB of RAM. To save your ideas, the Open Labs EX5 DAW 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 keyboard workstation include a Master Control Panel with transport controls, 4-plus-1 mappable faders, transpose functions, and more; a 37-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/2 internal), 1 Firewire 400 port, 1 VGA Video port, and 1 Ethernet port.

NeKo EX5 Software Bundle:
Open Labs RiFF
Open Labs Riff is an entirely new concept in virtual instrument hosting. Written from the ground up by Open Labs, Riff encompasses over six years of live performance and studio production knowledge gathered from some of the world's top artists, engineers, composers, and producers. The keyboard features Live Controls, which allows the user to create any number of virtual controls in realtime that can be mapped to various effects and other parameters. Advanced intelligence allows any number of virtual controllers to manipulate any number of other virtual controllers, providing automation for virtual instruments and effects. Rewire allows for this powerful host application to be used within any DAW program.

A Open Labs DAW with unlimited tracks, records audio-MIDI and integrates all of your Karsyn presets in an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop format.

Luxonix Purity
Representing the generation of virtual workstations based on sampled PCM wave data, Purity includes lots of sounds of hardware workstations, sound modules, drum machines, vintage analog synths, and modern digital synths. The integrated pattern sequencer, the 16 arpeggiators, and the easy-to-use preset browser allows fast preset changes on-the-fly for over 1300 presets to inspire your musical potential.

Wusik Wusikstation V3
Powerful advanced hybrid vector & wavesequencer sampler virtual instrument features disk streaming for fast playback of large samples. The 32-bit high-quality sample engine allows you to tweak and obtain pristine sounds and even play your .WAV files from your personal Sample Libraries or the several compatible Wusik expansion packs from the third party developers.

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

Also included
Acronus OEM
Dimension LE

Keyboard: 61-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

Control Surfaces:
Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels
Trackpad with 2 buttons
Built-in Keyboard ("QWERTY") Module
Open Labs Master Control

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)

Display: Internal 15" color touchscreen LCD high-resolution (1024 x 768), external VGA port for running dual monitors or a video projector

Midi In/Out
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

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 Neko EX5 and 1,000 song presets loaded into RiFF

One year of Open Labs Gold Support Services

Enjoy the sleek design and portability of this incredible workcenter. Order an NeKo EX5 now.

Power Supply: 500W, whisper quiet cooling fans (internal chassis, processor, & power supply)

46"W x 20"D x 7"H
Weight (base configuration): 46lb.

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Open LabsNeKo EX5 Keyboard DAW Workcenter

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Bang for Your Bucks!!!!

By LaSoniaD

from Little Rock, AR

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Comments about Open Labs NeKo EX5 Keyboard DAW Workcenter:

Besides the cost the Neko ex5 is the best all in one music keyboard workstation. It offers flex ability in what sounds you want and it enables yout to compose a full song without ever relying on other piece of gear. I like my Neko so much that I am going to purchase a Miko EC5 for more portability. The other advantage that this keyboard has over all the rest is it is a computer and all of it's components are upgradable including: motherboard, processor, cables, panels, power supply, Windows OS for future expand ability. I just had my upgraded to Windows 7 64 bit by Open labs tech support remotely.
The EX5 has a lot of good features. I love to use Riff for playing sound sets like piano or any of my vst instruments. It also comes with a user friendly DAW like Reaper. I like having the Master control surface built-in in doesn't take up additional space on my studio desk. The built-in alpha keyboard is handy for typing input data in your DAW as well as type lyrics or doing web searches.
Overall the quality of the firebox the gadgets including the case is well built and sturdy
Although the EX5 is pricy it is worth every penny. I've spent way more buying other gear like my to Macs, 3 Maschine, Pro tools keyboard, 3 keyboard workstations, clavinova, and much more! If, you are looking for a cheap solution or not limited in space then sure purchasing your gear in pieces may be less expensive.

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All in one solution for computer based music!

By Kenny Hollywood

from New York City

Comments about Open Labs NeKo EX5 Keyboard DAW Workcenter:

I purchased the Neko Ex-5 about a month ago and I love it! I recently switched over to VST instruments over the last few years and I always hated working from a laptop. With this keyboard I have everything in one box (pro tools, VST's sounds) and I can always add new programs, so the Neko will never be outdated. The large touch screen is great because I can physically touch anything on the screen (VST controls, Pro tools Mix Screen etc) and save time from always using a mouse. My Neko has yet to crash and seems highly optimized for my high intensity working environment. If you are a person that hates working on a laptop and longs for the old days of working on a single all-in-one unit, this is for you!


My NeKo arrived Malfunctioning


from Cincinnati, Ohio

About Me Professional Musician


  • Pre-programmed music
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys
  • Was What I Wanted


  • Blank Screen On Startup
  • Difficult to Use
  • Keeps Shutting Down
  • No instructions included
  • No Speakers
  • Poor Instructions
  • Screen Flipped

Best Uses

  • Electronic Music

Comments about Open Labs NeKo EX5 Keyboard DAW Workcenter:

My NEKO arrived malfunctioning. There were wires loose and at first a blank screen at Startup until I contacted the manufacturer and connected the wires. During startup I had a flipped screen and the RIFF program still shuts down on me in the middle of creating music. I'm in the process of getting help with this. But I believe it arrived with a bug or virus.

I would recommend this product in complete working order but stay away from level 2.


this is what it is

By T.O tha Don

from DFW Dallas Ft . Worth Texas

Comments about Open Labs NeKo EX5 Keyboard DAW Workcenter:

The Ex5 made a great upgrade to my existing setup everything all in one i up loaded all my programs into it and it was ready to record out the box should have got one a long time a go

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