Open Labs Unveils DBeat, Highly Anticipated Portable DJ Instrument
FRANKFURT – Musikmesse (MuseWire) – Open Labs, a recognized leader in innovative computer-enhanced musical instruments based in Austin, Texas, debuted their new DBeat instrument today at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany. The DBeat marks the first product developed by Open Labs specifically for the DJ and electronic musician market by incorporating a broader range of sounds, powerful DJ hardware and industry leading software for unsurpassed live performance and studio capabilities.
Live demonstrations of the new DBeat instrument are available at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany (Hall 5.1, Booth #D99B). Open Labs' Chairman and Co-founder, Victor Wong will also participate in a DBeat product overview and Q&A session during a live 2-hour broadcast from Austin on www.OpenLabs.com airing at 4:00pm CDT on April 1, 2009.
â€œThere is a growing multitude of DJs and electronic musicians that not only perform live but are also DJ producers, and this instrument blows the door open for that group.â€ said Victor Wong, Chairman and Co-founder of Open Labs.
The DBeat instrument was engineered for portability and power. Encased in an ultra-light aluminum chassis and weighing only 20lbs, the DBeat boasts more than 10,000 sounds with an additional 14GB of sounds that come with the included, full feature version of Abletonâ„¢ Live 7. Live DJ performance capability is taken to the next level with the inclusion of Open Labs' edition of GURUâ„¢ and the proprietary virtual instrument host Riffâ„¢ – making DBeat the ultimate tool for using VSTi's in a live setting.
DBeat comes loaded with a plethora of fully mappable real-time controllers, including Open Labs' exclusive Bump MPâ„¢ drum pads, the Mix/Edit digital audio workstation panel, and comprehensive DJ controls including a cross-fader. DBeat puts â€œthe feelâ€ back in making music by including an integrated trackball, iPod-compatible cradle and 12-inch capacitive touch screen, which will be multi-touch capable with Windows 7 update.
The ability to directly connect USB turntables and the compatibility with virtually any software, including Deckadanceâ„¢, Serato Scratch Liveâ„¢, Traktorâ„¢, Pro Toolsâ„¢, Reasonâ„¢ and many more, make DBeat the ultimate DJ solution for studio, stage and club use.
The DBeat instrument ships complete with the following:
Â· More than 10,000 high-quality sounds, plus an additional 14 GB included with the full-feature version of Abletonâ„¢ Live 7;
Â· Open Labs' proprietary virtual instrument host Riffâ„¢ – the ultimate tool for live performance using VSTi's;
Â· Bump MPâ„¢ 17-pad drum module controller paired with Open Labs' edition of GURUâ„¢ that includes eight engines, note repeat, chromatic mode, transport and more, taking it far beyond the capabilities of an MPC;
Â· Mix/Edit digital audio workstation controls include 8 plus 1 fully customizable faders, knobs and soft keys, and an additional 8 mappable knobs with a 2×20 LCD readout;
Â· DJ panel with cross fader, 7 knobs, 2 encoders for pitch/BPM and 8 buttons all assignable to key parameters for live performance;
Â· 12-inch capacitive touch screen (multi-touch capable with Windows 7 update) with an integrated trackball and an iPod-compatible cradle
Â· Comprehensive I/O capable of up to 24bit/96KHz audio with 4 in / 6 out including 2 phantom-powered mic-pres with DI's, S/PDIF I/O and MIDI I/O;
Â· Unlimited capability for running third party plug-ins, VSTi’s and applications, including Deckadanceâ„¢, Serato Scratch Liveâ„¢, Traktorâ„¢, Pro Toolsâ„¢, Reasonâ„¢ and many more;
Â· Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz processor, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, and FireWire, USB and Ethernet ports for easy connectivity;
Â· Portability perfect for DJs, music producers, and musicians on the go (26â€L x 14â€W x 5â€H) and weighs approx. 20lbs;
Â· Open Labs' Edition of Windowsâ„¢, specifically configured for music production; and
Â· One year of Open Labs Gold Support Services which include: one-hour â€œGet to Know Your Machineâ€ session, remote desktop support via Internet in addition to phone and email support, and full parts/labor warranty coverage.
The DBeat will be available for $3,999 USD ($3,499 for pre-orders) in June 2009, directly through Open Labs at www.openlabs.com or through an authorized reseller listed on the Web site. Full technical specifications for DBeat can be found at http://www.openlabs.com/DBeat-tech.html.
About Open Labs
Headquartered in Austin, Texas — at the crossroads of music and technology– Open Labs develops and markets cutting-edge studio and musical instrument technology. Since 2003, Open Labs has been the recognized leader in providing musicians and producers of all genres, with high-performance portable instruments that combine all the equipment found in a professional music studio with unsurpassed live performance capabilities. A-List artists currently using Open Labs products include: The Crystal Method, Timbaland, Jonathan Davis (Korn), Morris Hayes (Prince), Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5), and Jimmy Nichols (Faith Hill), to name a few. For more information on Open Labs, please visit www.openlabs.com.