Open Labs Announces SoundSlate
Open Labs has announced SoundSlate, a virtual instrument player and hardware Digital Audio Workstation for your keyboard workstation or MIDI controller, contained in a 1U rackmountable case.
Open Labs’ claim that SoundSlate “redefines music production and performance by incorporating Open Labs’ music operating environment including the virtual instrument host Riff, 8000+ of sounds and effects, a robust audio i/o, and a powerful computer core running Windows XP into a 1U-ultra compact case that packs a punch.” Unlike all other dedicated electronic musical instruments and workstations, SoundSlate’s optimized Windows OS natively supports virtually any music application or plug-in developed for a PC. From Pro Tools to Nuendo, Native Instruments Komplete to Spectrasonics Omnisphere, SoundSlate does it all with ease.
Written from the ground up by Open Labs, Riff is a multi-effect and multi-instrument rack for musicians and sound designers. It is also a VST host that runs as a standalone application. Its advanced features include: Live Controls, which allows the user to create any number of virtual controls in real-time 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.
Riff allows a user to stream the ASIO or VST input signal through chains of individual VST effects so you can use your Open Labs instrument as a real-time multi-effect processor. It enables a user to play several VST instruments at the same time. You can layer several instruments to create complex sounds. Or, users may play instruments on different MIDI channels: It turns a computer into a multi-timbral sound generator.
MimiK keyboard cloning software, an option, will clone the sounds of any MIDI equipped keyboard or hardware sound module, allowing you to store all your keyboards in SoundSlate.
Open Labs’ SoundSlate costs $1999. No official release date has been announced.