It looks like keyboard workstation manufacturer Open Labs is on the auction block.
This Foreclosure sale announcement is listed at the Austin Statesman’s Legal Notice section:
NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OPEN LABS, INC. MUSIC PRODUCTION EQUIP.
Notice is hereby given that substantially all of the assets of Open Labs, Inc. will be sold at a public foreclosure sale to be held at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at the offices of Open Labs, Inc., located at 3701 Drosset Drive, Suite 150, Austin, Texas 78744.
The assets of Open Labs, Inc. consist primarily of the patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other IP associated with the following Open Labs products: NeKo XXL 61-Key Music Production Stations, NeKo QX6 61-Key Music Production Stations, MiKo LXD 37-key Music Production Stations, MiKo QC6 37- key Music Production Stations, DBeat Mobile Music Production Stations, SoundSlate Rack Units, SoundSlate FW Rack Units, Open RiFF 2.0 Software, MimiK Software, and other Open Labs products.
The assets to be sold also include furniture and equipment, office supplies, artwork, and musical collectibles. For more info, contact Greg Young, Okin Adams & Kilmer LLP, 7004 Bee Cave, Bldg 1,Ste 110, Austin, TX, 78746, 512-681-3732.
There’s no statement yet on the Open Labs site. We’ve asked Open Labs for a comment but have not received a response.
Open Labs’ failure will come as bad news to a lot of NeKo and MiKo workstation owners and could be a blow to the industr, too.
What made Open Labs fail?
Was Open Labs a victim of the harsh economic climate or is there a more fundamental reason for the company’s failure?
One has to wonder if the company’s strategy of selling premium hardware, based on Windows, was the problem.
Apple has been batting 1,000 for several years now, dominates the premium laptop market and already had much of the mindshare of the music industry.
At the same time, Windows PC manufacturers have been fighting for supremacy at the low end of the market, bringing Windows laptops under $500. And the last version of Windows, Windows Vista, was a public relations disaster for Microsoft, being called “the biggest tech disappointment of 2007” by PC World.
In hard times, are Windows musicians, used to cheap gear, going to buy a $7,000 NeKo?
I’d be interested in your thoughts. What do you think caused Open Labs failure?
via the eagle-eyes at GearJunkies