Open Labs introduces Timbaland Special Edition MiKo

Open Labs has introduced the Timbaland Special Edition MiKo keyboard workcenter.

From the product page:

Building on the standard features of the MiKo LX, an all-in-one portable studio powered by Windows™ XP that is capable of running virtually any Windows XP compatible software including a variety of DAW software, virtual instruments (VSTi), virtual effects (VST) and other music applications, the Timbaland Special Edition takes this robust instrument to an entirely new level of performance and creativity.

The Timbaland Special Edition MiKo upgraded to 4GB of RAM features E-MU™’s new Proteus™ X2 Streaming Sound Module V2.5 with over 7,000 instruments, including the new Ensoniq™ Urban Legends™ Sound Library that contains the sounds from Ensoniq’s ASR™/EPS™/MR™/ASR-X™/ZR™ instruments. These sounds were specifically requested by Timbaland, and are only available in the Timbaland MiKo, an Open Labs exclusive.

Timbaland says:

I’ve made the new Timbaland Special Edition MiKo with Tim’s Touch. It’s got everything I need in a single box and when I use it, we make masterpieces.

The Timbaland Special Edition MiKo will start shipping on August 15, 2007. The estimated street price is: $3,899.

Visit Open Labs for more information about the specs.

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yogi
yogi
This has got to the stupidiest music product every: a PC with an integrated 3 octave keyboard. Just who is the target market for this useless piece of crap? Techno bedroom wankers with rich daddies? Putting aside the $4K price tag, there is nothing appealing about it anyway. I can’t believe someone would be dumbass enough to design a screen that lies flat and doesn’t pop up and rotate. The placement of the keyboard could not be less ergonomic. And audio of 4 in/6 out – sweet f-ing jesus, they really went all out, didn’t they… why it’s so state… Read more »
d_h
d_h

Yeah but Timbaland makes hits when he uses it.. pfffffffffft

d_h
d_h

That screen should atleast tilt… wtf

Looza
Looza

Just the idea of typing something on the keyboard (the pc one) and looking on the screen in the upper left gives me the creeps … I guess no one ever used it yet. This thing is so utterly un-ergonomic at first glance, it’s amazing.

MusicPower
MusicPower
You guys crack me up. You probably don’t even play keyboards or produce songs. And if you did, how many hits have you got? Or for that matter, how many songs even on the radio? It’s got a dual core processor, and it comes with over $3K (street price) of sounds, but I guess you missed that too. For example, they ship with about 25GB of sounds…which includes Proteus X 2.5 and a bunch of sounds. Here is the complete press release…and by the way…just try to add up everything that they have included and make your own and you… Read more »
Looza
Looza

And you should really learn the difference between a press release and the reality.

MusicPower
MusicPower
What??!! You’ve got to be kidding! What’s not true in the press release? The fact that there are all these sounds included? Or the fact that the MiKo has all those computer parts and controls in it? Or that Timbaland used it for most of his stuff including Justin Timberlakes’ album (see his video interview on Youtube)? There is really no marketing fluff in the press release…just pretty much a laundry list of what it is and what comes with it. Yeah the quotes may be a little self-serving, but they do not change what the MiKo is and what… Read more »
d_h
d_h

Music Power is obviously employed by E-Mu… lol @ this guy

MusicPower
MusicPower

I don’t work for E-MU, but wished I did so I can get all their stuff free! ;-)

But it’s cute that you would think I worked for them because I’m actually standing up for companies and people you guys are bashing with absolutely no facts to back it up and can only resort to more outlandish claims to save face when you’ve been called out.

Thanks for the good laugh!…LOL! right back at ya!

MusicPower
MusicPower

I have a NeKo and I love it. But don’t take my word for it, go to youtube.com and type in Open Labs into the search field and watch what their artists are saying. They will address the MimiK question as well as the “you can just use a laptop and controller and do the same” myth.

I am nobody compared to them. So, I’m going to let them speak instead…

d_h
d_h

so what have you produced with yours?

MusicPower
MusicPower
I have written and produced a lot of stuff, but nothing famous yet. But that is the exact point, I want to produce something that gets air play and will make me money, this is why I am going to use what the hit makers are using and learn from them…so I can be a better musician and producer. And with a lot of practice and the right gear, I may get there some day. That is the whole idea…to know where one is and to look at things like this as help for me to be successful rather than… Read more »
d_h
d_h

it’s all good..

there’s not a sound that thing can make that you can’t do with a good controller and a good laptop…. that is all, at a fraction of the cost…

and it will be twice as ergonomic, imo…

if I had money to burn though, something like this wouldn’t be too bad for travelling..

MusicPower
MusicPower
Yeah…to a certain point that may be true, but if you’re talking about getting radio ready quality and being able to record and produce right in one box, you really can’t do it with a laptop. It is not powerful enough, you have to add a bunch of add-ons like I/Os and controllers, there is never enough internal drive space, so you have to add external drive cases, there is no touch screen, there is no optimization of the OS, there are no integrated apps and you don’t get the 25GB of sound worth $3K (Street). And if you are… Read more »
MusicPower
MusicPower

d_h – maybe you can give Open Labs a call and see if there is a MiKo or NeKo near you. I know you probably already have a good setup you like using, but there’s no harm in taking a look. Not trying to be there salesman, but it may give you some ideas on how to improve your current rig if nothing else.

d_h
d_h

well, let’s agree to disagree.. 8)

necroman
necroman

So what programs do you guys run to make tracks on the Miko, sorry i know you guys are experienced but i went and got one and im an experienced Reason user…..

GOodwill
GOodwill

i agree with music power.i produce hip hop and i use a computer with logic.i have midi boards and thousands of vsti;s.and i think this piece of work it frickin awsome ..shouldnt knock cuz you cant afford it.i mean seriously it a product of what the futur brings….from record players ..
and telll me a computer slash midi board.,slash sampler..slash recording interface is not bad ass.if you do…you live under a fukin rock.wake up and stop knockin new product just cuz you use your own trusty remedy for makin “music” .

will

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