Open Labs Unleashes DBeat Hybrid Computer/DJ Production Instrument

Open Labs showcased their new DBeat at MusikMesse. 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 software for live performance and studio capabilities.

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 Ableton Live 7. Live DJ performance capability is taken to the next level with the inclusion of Open Labs’ edition of GURU and the proprietary virtual instrument host Riff.

DBeat comes loaded with several fully mappable real-time controllers, including Open Labs’ exclusive Bump MP drum pads, the Mix/Edit digital audio workstation panel, and comprehensive DJ controls including a cross-fader. DBeat puts the feel 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 a future Windows 7 update.

The ability to directly connect USB turntables and the compatibility with virtually any software, including Deckadance, Serato Scratch Live, Traktor, Pro Tools, Reason and many more, make DBeat the ultimate DJ solution for studio, stage and club use.

The DBeat Features:
» More than 10,000 high-quality sounds, plus an additional 14 GB included with the full-feature version of Ableton Live 7;
» Open Labs’ proprietary virtual instrument host Riff – the ultimate tool for live performance using VSTi’s;
» Bump MP 17-pad drum module controller paired with Open Labs’ edition of GURU that includes eight engines, note repeat, chromatic mode, transport and more, taking it far beyond the capabilities of an MPC;
» 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;
» DJ panel with cross fader, 7 knobs, 2 encoders for pitch/BPM and 8 buttons all assignable to key parameters for live performance;
» 12-inch capacitive touch screen (multi-touch capable with Windows 7 update) with an integrated trackball and an iPod-compatible cradle
» 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;
» Unlimited capability for running third party plug-ins, VSTi’s and applications, including Deckadance, Serato Scratch Live, Traktor, Pro Tools, Reason and many more;
» 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;
» Portability perfect for DJs, music producers, and musicians on the go (26?L x 14?W x 5?H) and weighs approx. 20lbs;
» Open Labs’ Edition of Windows, specifically configured for music production; and
» One year of Open Labs Gold Support Services which include: one-hour “Get to Know Your Machine” session, remote desktop support via Internet in addition to phone and email support, and full parts/labor warranty coverage.

Open Labs’ DBeat will be available for $3,999 beginning in June 2009. More information on the new Open Labs DBeat.

Author: FutureMusic

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