The brand new ROLI Seaboard RISE is a head turner! Really! At Winter NAMM 2016, I was on my way to a meeting and walked by this super stealth-looking gadget screaming, “Touch me!” I did—couldn’t help it. It was the ROLI Seaboard RISE and as soon as I touched the keys (so different that ROLI calls them keywaves), I knew that this would be a game changer. The sound I heard by simply pressing the key was cool but that wasn’t the point. As a guitarist who plays keys, I instantly got it—the Seaboard offers the same kinds of expression I enjoy on guitar: side-to-side finger movement for vibrato, tone effected by placement of the finger on both hands, bends, slides, and expression guided by the soul.
… (I) walked by this super stealth-looking gadget screaming, “Touch me!” I did—couldn’t help it.
It’s one thing to play a synth utilizing mod and pitch-bend wheels, attack and release velocities, and aftertouch; it is completely different thing to have all of that expressive control, and more, available instantly during the performance anytime the music calls for it. And the Seaboard lets you bend one note at a time in a chord, control the glissando of two different notes in different directions, or press into the key, slide forward, and slide between keys at will. This is so revolutionary that ROLI has produced Equator, a custom-built software synth that is included with purchase of a RISE. Equator’s extensive power and intuitive simplicity let the user fully realize the Seaboard’s creative possibilities. ROLI has also created NOISE, a free iOS app that pairs wirelessly via Bluetooth with the RISE and functions as a mobile sound engine.
Please watch the videos linked below to see this thing in action. I think you’ll understand, right away, just like I did at NAMM.
- Seaboard RISE 49: Extend the Possibilities
- Marco Parisi plays Jimi Hendricks’ “Little Wing”
- Demo of the Seaboard RISE’s Five Dimensions of Touch
- NOISE: 3D Touch on the iPhone like you’ve never heard it before
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You can control sound and make music through Five Dimensions of Touch: striking the keywaves, pressing into them, gliding sideways along them, sliding up and down the keywaves, and lifting off.
Explore a Collection of Sounds
While ROLI’s NOISE app for iPhone comes with 25 exquisite sounds from acoustic strings to richly layered synthetic effects, the computer-based Equator comes with 170 sounds. Custom-crafted by ROLI’s sound designers, they are all built for Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE). Each one sounds—and even feels—different on NOISE’s surface. And, just so you can be assured that the Seaboard RISE will easily incorporate into your existing system:
- The Seaboard RISE includes Bitwig’s 8 Track DAW.
- Equator works as an AU and VST plug in!
A complete description of the software that comes bundled with the Seaboard can be found HERE.
Add New Sounds to Your Collection
Add dozens of new sounds to your library through NOISE Packs—available for in-app purchase—and take your music in new directions. Hybrid Acoustic comes with over 500 MB of samples such as Choir and Strings. Expressive Electronic includes vintage synths and contemporary pads. Choose one of the sounds on the Synthetic Leads NOISE Pack, and turn your iPhone into an instrument for searing solos.
A Revolutionary Interface
Pliable, pressure-sensitive keywaves take the place of keys on a traditional keyboard. The sensor-embedded keywave surface lets you shape sound through touch. Three faders let you fine-tune the responsiveness of the surface to touch.
Customize Your Settings on One Dashboard
Included with every RISE, ROLI Dashboard is a convenient application that helps you modify and customize the settings that are most important to your music. Assign MIDI CCs to the three Touch Faders or the XY Touchpad, edit the Five Dimensions of Touch, and tweak other settings from one accessible Dashboard.
The Visualiser is a real-time graphical representation of the keywave surface of the RISE. As you play on the keywave surface, the Visualiser responds to the Five Dimensions of Touch.
Seaboard RISE 25
USB Controller Keyboard
Seaboard RISE 25 Flip Case
Seaboard RISE 49
USB Controller Keyboard
61-Note USB Keyboard Controller