Note: this post is from 2007, outbound links may be broken.

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.

  • 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 of the art, if you’re talking circa 1995. Plus at 35 pounds, it’s so portable, if you’re comparing it to carrying around a Fender Twin Reverb. And a 2.1Ghz CPU?!?! Thanks so much for yesterday’s rubbish. And the final touch: a 250gb hard drive… so small that it’s almost an insult… what’s the matter couldn’t find 160gb drives any more?

    Whoever thought this monstrosity up is an abject moron… a doofus frankenstein bolting random disparate appendages to a brick. So here’s hoping one of his bricks falls off the shelf, hits him on the head and knocks some sense into this fool and he cancels this pieceofcrap before it’s ever released.

  • d_h

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

  • d_h

    That screen should atleast tilt… wtf

  • http://rekkerd.org loops

    I find it interesting to see the PREMIUM Factory Sound Library V4 has so many freeware VSTi, like the Soundfonts.it Mr. plugins, HighLife, Synth 1, Crystal, a bunch of UGO plugins, H.G. Fortune free versions and lots more.
    Somehow I wouldn’t expect freeware in a premium library…

  • http://www.loozabeats.de/ 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

    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 will find that it will cost you more than what they are charging..

    Also…take your desktop computer, plus your monitor, plus your keyboard controllers, plus all the cables and stuff and put it on a scale. How heavy is that? I bet it’s a lot more than 35lbs, and you have a big cluster of crap that you have to deal with and set up each time you move around. Is that your idea of portability? LOL!

    So next time get your facts straight before making comments like this.

    Finally check out who’s using their gear on in their artist section. These guys not only paid for their keyboards, they’re making hits with them daily as well as touring…so are you telling me that you are better than all of them? That’s really hard to believe.

    Press Release….

    Open Labs, the leading designer and developer of computer based music production solutions, is proud to introduce the Timbaland Special Edition MiKo keyboard workcenter. 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.

    Dressed in an all-new Arctic White Chassis accented by Chrome Endbells – the Timbaland Special Edition MiKo will stand out in any crowd. 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.

    * E-MU™ Proteus™ 2000
    * E-MU™ Mo’Phatt™
    * E-MU™ Modular System™
    * Ensoniq™ EPS™ /EPS 16+™
    * Ensoniq ASR 10™
    * Ensoniq ASR-X™
    * Ensoniq ZR76™
    * Ensoniq MR61™
    * ARP™ 2600™
    * ARP™ Axxe™
    * Roland™ JD800™
    * Roland™ Jupiter 8™
    * Roland™ JX-8P™
    * Roland™ TB-303 Bass Line™
    * Roland™ Juno 60™
    * Moog™ Memorymoog™
    * Mini™ Moog™
    * Moog™ Taurus Pedals™
    * Sequential Circuits™ Prophet 10™
    * Sequential Circuits™ Prophet 600™
    * Elka™ Rhapsody™
    * Mellotron™ Mark II™
    * Korg™ MS20™
    * Solina™
    * Oberheim™ OB™ & X™
    * Hammond™ B3™
    * Rhodes™ Electric Piano™
    * Hohner™ Clavinet™
    * Yamaha™ CP-70™
    * Wurlitzer™ Electric Piano™

    Running within the new Proteus X 2.5 environment, these keyboards are reborn inside the Timbaland Special Edition MiKo providing world-class audio quality, choice of instruments, ease of use and represents a value of over $60,000 if the actual keyboards were purchased individually.

    When combined with the new Open Labs sound library V4, the Timbaland Edition MiKo contains over 24-gigabytes of premium sounds, constituting 25,027 presets. The street price for the bundled software and sound libraries is $2,967, which includes $487 worth of Open Labs Special Edition plugins, optimized by the software developers for use with the MiKo.

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

    “Timbaland is really on top of the world right now. His music is everywhere,” said President of Open Labs, Victor Wong. “To think that he is using our gear to produce these hits is cool, but the fact that he has put a little bit of himself into the MiKo, making it an even better instrument, is incredible. This is all very exciting for us.”

    “We are honored that Timbaland asked us to help create his ultimate instrument,” said E-MU’s Senior Product Manager, Ichi Nagai. “We are excited to put together the exclusive Ensoniq Urban Legends Sound Library for Open Labs that contains many of Timbaland’s favorite sounds that he’s used in his work over the years.”

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

    Timbaland Special Edition MiKo Technical Specifications:

    Keyboard:
    37-key semi-weighted synth action keyboard (World class Fatar® Technology)

    CPU:
    Core2 Duo® Dual-core 64-bits (2.1GHz)

    Control Surfaces:
    Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels, Trackpad with 2 Buttons, Keyboard (“QWERTY”) Module, Alpha Control Module (5 Faders, 5 Modes Buttons, 3 Transpose Buttons, 5 Directions Buttons and 5 Transport Buttons), DJ Module: Penny and Giles® Cross-Fader, 7 Knobs and 12 Buttons

    Memory:
    4GB RAM

    Expansion Slots:
    (3) PCI Slots (2 avail. for upgrades), (3) PCI-E Slots (2 avail. for upgrades), (2) 3.5” Bays: (1) Start Up Drive and (1) Available for Upgrades, (1) 5.25” Dual-Layer DVD-RW burner (8.5GB/disc)

    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)

    Storage:
    MiKo LX (1) 250GB, 7200RPM HD; Upgradeable to 1.5 Terabytes

    Drive:
    High Speed Dual-Layer 8.5GB/Disk CD/DVD Burner

    Display:
    Internal 15” Color Touch Screen LCD High Resolution (1024 x 768), External VGA port for running Dual Monitors or a Video Projector

    Connection:
    Midi In/Out, 1) Sustain and (1) Expression ports, 2) USB 2.0 ports, 3) (1) FireWire 400 port, 4) (1) Gigabit (10/100/1000) Ethernet port, 5) (1) Headphone Jack with Volume Control

    Software:
    Microsoft® Windows® XP Home, Open Labs Custom GUI (Graphic User Interface), Open Labs mFusion®, Open Labs Karsyn®, Open Labs MimiK (optional on SE Model), E-MU Proteus X2 Streaming Sound Module V2.5

    PREMIUM Factory Sound Library V4:
    25,027 presets (over 24GB of sounds) from over 60 virtual instruments including: including E-MU’s Ensoniq Urban Legends, Mo’Phatt X, Vintage X Pro Collection, Virtuoso X, and X2 Production Library, Truepianos, WusikStation V4, Extra Wusik Sound Libraries (Wusik Sound Magazine 1-13, HQ Strings, Choirs, GM), Purity, Sylenth 1, VB3 OL SE, Mr. Ray22, Mr. Ray73, Mr. Tramp, Organized Trio V3, Realguitar V2.1 OL SE, Discovery V2.10 OL SE, Vertigo V2.6 OL SE, HighLife V1.4, WIVI Trial Edt., Suburban Guitarist, Lollapalooza Lite OL SE, BB303i V2, Synth 1, Addictive Drums Demo, Ticky Clav, Delay Lama, Crystal V2.4, Sun RA, String Theory V1.5, Texture V1.2, Rez V2, Motion V2.8, Plugsound Free, Mini Dizi, Mini Erhu, EPiano Module, Rhodes Module, Bass Module, Rock, SFZ Player Free, Bass Line, UltraSonique V1.1, Syncoder 32-2, Spook Keys, Super Spook Keys, Cubix V1.0.1, Minimal V1.5, Optik V1.4, Pandemonium V2, X-Fortuna, Lazer Blade Free, Protoplasm 21 Free, STS-25 Free, Ph0ne, Rogue, MicroSynt, Artphase V1.5, Mr. Alias V1.02, Blood Bucket V1, Monolisa V1.12, String Synth, PhadiZ, Accordion.

    Included Accessories:
    AC Cord, Start Guide, Owner’s Manual (PDF), Motherboard Manual, 2 Open Labs Sounds and Drivers DVDs, 3 Utility CDs, 3 Reference Maps, 2.5mm Wrench, Additional Screws and Washers for Hard-Drive Upgrade

    Power Supply:
    500 Watt Power Supply, Whisper Quiet Cooling Fans (Internal Chassis, Processor & Power Supply)

  • http://www.loozabeats.de/ Looza

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

  • 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 comes with it.

    These are FACTS…what have you got?

    Just hate I guess…well no one can help that…so go on hating…other people are interested in making music and advancing their careers.

    This is what having good instruments to use is all about.

    Oh yeah…btw…they also give you MimiK, which will allow you to clone any other keyboard or sound module. So…there…how much is that worth? How much did you pay for your last keyboard or sound module, which is now pretty much useless?

  • d_h

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

  • 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!

  • http://rekkerd.org loops

    MusicPower, Mimik is a good idea, but nothing you can’t do with other software already (free even).

    The MiKo product has it’s market I’m sure. But somehow it feels like a toy, an expensive one. I mean, I can also just use a laptop with a midi controller, right?

    Are you thinking of buying a MiKo MusicPower? Or perhaps you have one already? I’d love to hear a more detailed user experience.

  • 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

    so what have you produced with yours?

  • 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 to tear it down because I am not where I would like to be yet.

    This is why I posted for loops to go find the videos from Timbaland, Polow Da Don, Lil Jon and people like that on youtube.com instead of me preaching to him, because I know I’m not there yet, but these guys are. And they are telling us how to be more successful if we will only listen instead of being jeleous and hating.

    But again…everyone has a choice. You have the right to say what you want and I have to same rights. I just back my postings with facts…plain and simple…and I don’t go tearing someone down for no reason…because who the hell needs that? What does that do to help anyone including myself?

  • 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

    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 talking about the Timbaland MiKo, you definately do not get the ASR and Ensoniq sound libraries because they are not available anywhere else. It’s just not the same…

    Playing a few sounds is a different thing, that’s just having the laptop and controller act like a keyboard, but to replace an entire studio, you gotta have something like this where there are PCI slots for DSP cards like the UAD card (which now has all those bad-ass plugins like SSL), a 10ins/out audio I/O with Pro Tools compatibility and the ability to track 170 audio tracks at once at 48K. Also, the touch screen makes all the difference in the world, so there is a lot more than a laptop and controller. Also, these guys write their own drivers and user interface and do all kinds of stuff to the OS to make it stable.

    But then I guess it really depends on what you are doing. Playing a few sounds…yeah a laptop and controller will be just fine, but to do everything to play, record and produce a song on the level of what you are hearing on the radio, you’re just going to need more than that.

    Also, I used to spend over 50% of my time messing with the technology versus making music. To put something like that together and get the performance and stability I needed was driving me made. But I understand there are always going to be people that want to do that, but I’ve been there and done that…it’s not for me.

  • 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

    well, let’s agree to disagree.. 8)

  • 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

    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

  • http://gridsplit.blogspot.com d_h

    hip hop artists shouldn’t be allowed to join in on discussions like these…

  • spidergod

    hey I say do not bash anyone.

    although yeah their does seem to be quite a few free vst’s in this system.

  • hahahahhaha

    MUSICPOWER=delusions of an inadequate human being in desperate need of meeting reality

  • LifeGQ

    Realistically, everyone has their own way of working. Bashing the unit is pointless (and quite stupid). I started off using Logic (now I have Logic Studio 8) and worked my way into Pro Tools 8. It’s great to have both but I felt like the Motif XS and the Korg M3 weren’t cutting it for me anymore. I purchased one of the last MeKo TSE left (it’s the bigger one with 61 keys) and I’m pretty much in heaven. I Mimiked all my keyboards and sold them on eBay. Got all the money I paid for my MeKo back (and then some). Don’t mock what you don’t know (and probably can’t afford) seriously. My whole studio is 100 times better than before and my clients go crazy when they see my new set up. If you’re a real producer, you can appreciate this unit. If you’re not then you can stick to stupid comments like the dumb ass on top (Mr. Hahaha). I’ll be “Hahahahaha” all the way to the back with this one.

    P.S. It’s not how big your kitchen is, it’s how you cook. I’m cookin’ pretty damn good now that my kitchen is bigger LOL.

  • Jay

    The proof is in the pudding. Go to the site and review the artist comments. Jerks. The miko and neko is a unadultrated best.

  • Jay

    Beast (Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-

  • Ra Anu

    All you have to do, is have a tilt stand, and the Meko will work fine. I’m buying one, because it works with all virtual instrument discs. Some people buy the giant screen and use a desk.. I had an ASR10 for years, and this keyboard does what I wanted the ASR10 to do. You don’t have to look for sounds. Everything is right there. Just add speakers and a mike and you’re ready to record. If you don’t mind the size, it’ll be hard to out date something like this. You can do full gigs, and even control the lighting with it, so I’m sold on this board. I’ve been producing tracks for years. I’m not famous, but everyone loves my tracks and now I’ll have a more enjoyable way to produce them.

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