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Miselu Neiro: the first Android-based musical instrument

March 15, 2012

In a world of increasingly odd Android-powered devices, including the Apresso, the Android-running espresso machine, and the Touch Revolution Android microwave, the Miselu neiro seems almost normal by comparison. Yet, it manages to stand out as unique.

The Miselu neiro, dubbed by its makers “a portable, net-enabled social music device with a musical keyboard and a wide multi-touch display, and a variety of musical apps and cloud services” was introduced at the SoundCloud open house, during the recently concluded SXSW festival held in Austin, Texas.

The group behind neiro is Miselu, a self-styled “passionate team of entrepreneurs, musicians, designers and engineers in Silicon Valley” that aims to “design innovative products to create the next generation of musical experiences.”

neiro: keyboard + tablet + Android

The neiro features a 25 key touch-sensitive MIDI keyboard attached to a wide capacitive touchscreen display which will run custom apps and solutions. This device has all the characteristics of a standard MIDI keyboard, including 2 MIDI ports, 2 USB ports, an HDMI port, RCA audio In/Out, and an SD card slot.

The neiro is powered by the NSX-1 AudioEngine sound chip from Yamaha, which promises to deliver sound quality on par with real musical instruments. Miselu also teamed up with Onkyo Corporation and Trigence Semiconductor to deliver powerful, energy efficient digital speakers for the device.  In case your not an audiophile, Onkyo Corporation is a leading manufacturer of high quality audio/video products and home theatre systems, while Trigence Semiconductor is credited with the invention of the Dnote digital audio signal processing technology.

The device features an open platform environment which will give developers and users the ability to come up with their own custom apps. At the product’s launch, Miselu showcased apps created by Retronyms, the creators of the popular iPad music app Tabletop.

                                             Neiro running Retronyms software

There have been many complaints about the Android platform not being suited for running music software, mostly due to latency issues in device audio systems. Primarily because both the hardware and the software of the neiro have been designed specifically for creating, sharing and consuming music, this innovative device does not suffer from latency issues.

With musicians and the general public embracing electronic instruments, and genres like house, transcendental, and dub-step gaining popularity, the neiro may be the next step forward in the musical revolution.

A short introduction video of the device: