Neo Mini-Vent with an SK-1
Just purchased the new Neo Mini-Vent and put it through its paces with my SK-1. It seems to be a very robust unit (metal case, heavy-duty control buttons), and I'm very satisfied with the overall effect with my SK-1. It's also being marketed as guitar effects box.
One of the things that appealed to me about it (and this is probably just me) was the limited range of adjustments (5 levels of overdrive, 5 settings for the distance of the virtual microphone). I had owned the original Vent and managed to drive myself crazy adjusting the knobs to get just the sound I thought I wanted. Here, the factory has pretty much taken over that task/compromise, and the result is fine for these old ears, but might not be the ticket for those with more discerning hearing. If you intend to use it with the SK-1/SK-2, you might want to use the programming spreadsheet available in the files to keep the Leslie Bypass activated (or do it manually) for those selected favorite patches where you want to use the Mini-Vent instead of the onboard sim. Otherwise, you're going to have the onboard sim and Mini-Vent fighting each other, and it ain't pretty.
My only disappointment, which was addressed by Jim Alfredson in a previous post, is the lack of a provision for remote control with either the onboard Leslie control or a half-moon switch (the upcoming Vent II pedal will have a remote input, but wll apparently lose of one of the stereo outputs - mono only. I use two powered speakers in place of a keyboard amp and don't want to lose the cool stereo effect that set-up provides). Not really a deal-breaker, but definitely an inconvenience for those of us who don't want an additional floor pedal. You could, of course, somehow securely mount it at keyboard level and use your hand, but both control buttons have a fairly small surface area and a stiff spring which makes that option a little difficult.
All-in-all, a interesting variation on the original Vent, but with a more compact size for added portability.