So what was wrong with the Neko/Miko/D-beat?
Old 19th August 2013
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So what was wrong with the Neko/Miko/D-beat?

I mean besides the high price what was wrong those machines? It seemed like the perfect combination of hardware and software. From what I understood, you could run what ever DAW you wanted. Any insights? Anyone know of productions that were made using any of them?
Old 19th August 2013
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Just price. I would have loved one and even considered making my own budget version... touch-screen windows version maybe? Maybe I would have preferred better AD/DA than the presonus units they used but thats neither here nor there as they could be bypassed.
Old 19th August 2013
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Just price.
For the cost you could have more power and more portability.

Macbook
Logic
Komplete/Kontact
Apogee Duet

On the ho take what you need. Along with it though, how often have you need to take your rig with you? Its usually copy session or audio to a hatd drive and go. So even the portability pitch is oversold.


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Old 19th August 2013
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I always wanted one, thought they were cool. May grab one off ebay as a Bday gift to myself
Old 20th August 2013
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i got the the miko (timbaland edition) and i love it works great had it about 4years now even used it as a mobile studio
Old 20th August 2013
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If I remember correctly, the original company went out of business. Then they were bought by someone, or some investors. Maybe they just filed for bankruptcy.. Can't remember all of the details
But I'm sure that kind of turned the few people that could afford one off , as the warranty and support was kind of not there for a while. But hey, I read that on the Internet a while back, so who knows.


For the price of one of those things you can get a laptop an fl studio, logic, etc. and some plugins.
A laptop is more portable plus it has a bigger screen so I don't think it makes much sense for most people.

A few people still use them though.
Old 20th August 2013
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i got the the miko (timbaland edition) and i love it works great had it about 4years now even used it as a mobile studio
Have you had any issues that would make you warn against getting one? What DAW are you running?
Old 20th August 2013
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I wanted one since I watched the OpenLabs promo vids from Mysto & Pizzi, they did crazy stuff with it. Unfortunatly, I didn't have enough money to spend on gear but if I see one on Ebay, its mine.
Old 21st August 2013
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Have you had any issues that would make you warn against getting one? What DAW are you running?
not at all i like the newer ones that are coming out with the drum pads too
and the DAW it comes with is Reaper but you can always install your preference of choice because it runs on Windows
Old 21st August 2013
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2nd worse purchase ever my first was the ASR-X Pro.
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Old 22nd August 2013
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makes no sense.

you really can't customize the unit, whatever it has your stuck with.

my macbook pro has way more power than that over prices keyboard.

Plus i can buy a midi keyboard and a better interface and spend around the same amount of money.

plus a laptop is more portable. just buy a 25 key keyboard, a decent pair of headphones and you have tons of power.
Old 22nd August 2013
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What was wrong with the asr?

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Old 22nd August 2013
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Ive changed lots of stuff in mine, just put a haswell in and I still use an asrx almost everyday, highly underated sampler btw.
Old 22nd August 2013
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Well it's Windoze-based for one. Small screen. I can't do without my 27" iMac. 24" lowest I'll go. Also, it kind of sucks not being able to move stuff around. I sometimes like having my keyboard (not midi keyboard) in my lap. I think this was a cool idea, but at the end of the day, people want variety and customization, not an all-in-one but not-for-all.
Old 23rd August 2013
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What was wrong with the asr?

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The ASR is dope the ASR-X had a buggy sequencer.
Old 24th August 2013
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Ive changed lots of stuff in mine, just put a haswell in and I still use an asrx almost everyday, highly underated sampler btw.
Highly underrated! I just sent my Asr-x to thesoniq in Cali to have it repaired. Depending on my mood it's either maschine or asrx.
Old 24th August 2013
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Yea, i never could get the seq to work for me. u never know where the notes would land, but thats why i have mpcs.
Old 24th August 2013
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Absolutely nothing wrong With Openlabs products. The price range was steep.. And It seems like they were only geared more towards serious musicians.
Old 25th August 2013
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I use one with Reason as a live board, best workstation I've ever had. Got it cheap, wouldn't pay full price.
Old 26th August 2013
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Had a chance to "play with" one over the weekend. Seems o.k to me. I don't see where the dislike comes from. I guess it's one of those love it or hate it items.
Old 26th August 2013
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I don't there's anything wrong with it simply its just an really expensive item for what is just a dressed up PC. Plus with the tech nowadays at your disposal and people becoming more modular in adding and subtracting equipment its much easier and less expensive than buying a Neko.
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2nd worse purchase ever my first was the ASR-X Pro.
Yea I know a guy that picked up a Asr-x, also disappointed.

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