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ROLI Seaboard RISE 25 MIDI Controller
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- Seamless hardware-software integration
- Beautifully crafted using premium materials
- Sleek, intuitive design accessible to music makers of all technical levels
- Completely wireless with MIDI over Bluetooth
- Bundled with Equator, the world's first purpose built, multidimensional software synthesizer
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- OS X 10.8+ / Windows 7+ / iOS 7+.
- Intel Core i5 2.5GHz or faster recommended.
- 4 GB RAM minimum 8 GB RAM recommended.
- 2 GB available disk space for Equator installation.
- USB 2.0+ port for USB compatibility.
- Keys: 25 Keywaves
- Dimensions/Weight: 19.88 x 8.27 x 0.9 inches / 6.17 lbs (505 mm x 210 mm x 22.86 mm / 2.8 kg).
- Inputs: Continuous pedal input (1/4” jack).
- Accessories: USB B port (MIDI out and power) USB A port (for charging peripherals).
- Power Supply: 9–12V 2A DC port/ Internal battery (12-hour playability).
ROLI Seaboard RISE 25
25-Key Expressive Keyboard Controller
Seaboard RISE is the world’s first truly accessible expressive MIDI controller. It establishes a new standard in music-making devices by combining the intimacy of acoustic instruments with the versatility of electronic music. Paired with Equator, our powerful software synthesizer, the Seaboard RISE unlocks unprecedented creative possibilities for contemporary musicians in a joyfully-crafted evolution of the keyboard.
Start in piano mode and then explore new dimensions of touch interaction. Begin with even the most basic keyboard technique and grow from there. Customize sensitivity to match your own playing style.
Use with a variety of software and hardware synthesizers as well as the Equator bundle included with RISE. Simulate the authentic dynamic range of any instrument to breathe new life into your favorite sounds. Personalize patches using the touch sensitive trackpad and faders.
Create new sonic possibilities by mapping sound parameters to unique gestures. Perform and record tracks with subtle and sensual details that previously required post-production. Push the boundaries of music with an instrument that marries tradition with innovation.
Free yourself from cables using built-in MIDI over Bluetooth with up to 8 hours of continuous play. Enjoy the craftsmanship of a world-class instrument made of the best materials and built to last. Touch and shape sound timbres in an astonishingly direct and intuitive way.
- Seamless hardwares-software integration
- Beautifully crafted using premium materials
- Sleek, intuitive design accessible to musicmakers of all technical levels
- Completely wireless with MIDI over Bluetooth
- Bundled with Equator, the world’s first purposebuilt, multidimensional software synthesiser
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Seaboard RISE is the world's first truly accessible expressive MIDI controller. It establishes a new standard in music-making devices by combining the intimacy of acoustic instruments with the versatility of electronic music. Paired with Equator, our powerful software synthesizer, the Seaboard RISE unlocks unprecedented creative possibilities for contemporary musicians in a joyfully-crafted evolution of the keyboard.
New update: new RISE firmware version (1.1.5)
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Top Customer Reviews
*extremely* well built. Everyone knows when they are holding a quality product, and this would be one of those extreme examples. Its a metal frame, and has some weight that gives you the impression that you're holding something solid. Even the packaging is top notch. I can imagine someone doing an "unboxing" video after receiving this device ;-) The pad bed are very interesting to touch, and feels a bit like a durable silicone substance. You can't feel the sensors or anything hard through the raised areas (the "keys"). These markers are only to give you a strong idea where the pitches are. I play violin, and I must say that this machine likewise requires a good "ear" to stay in tune in certain pitch bendable settings. However learning to get a handle on the pitch, at least for me, took only a matter of days. The sound library, Equator, is awesome in that it works well with limited latency and has unusual patches that take advantage of the "5 dimensions of touch" this device offers. I think this Equator software is very decent quality. I've tested the software on Mac and Windows, with various different processors and amounts of RAM. It works great with all of them.
1) bluetooth midi.
First of all, if you don't have a Mac, you don't have this option anyway. Maybe one day there will be this option for Windows, but i think none of us are used to this concept as its still a frontier for future exploration. If you have a Mac though, you will have the option to play this device wirelessly via bluetooth.. this bluetooth option connects fast (in like a second) on both Mac PCs and iPads (i've tried both). However it will also disconnect randomly for unknown reasons, even if your keyboard is right next to the host device. That's definitely a warning for anyone considering a live performance with this machine. Don't use the bluetooth feature for a performance. This is better for practice, and you will get disconnected. I think we still have a ways to go with bluetooth midi, and that time is not today. It's more like a gimmick for the time being.
this device will tire your hands in the first few days. its a cool concept, but I think it has its role for certain types of music. Don't think you're going to play some fast two-handed intricate piano piece with this 25-key keyboard. Not only is the number of keys a limit, but also the special keys themselves. This rubbery type of key is best used for what you see demo'd - pitch bending of lead phrases or some simpler chord-based pads. It is not a piano, and the best way to approach this machine is to understand that it does best in certain areas, and not in others. This is true for any instrument.
The keyboard arrives in a substantial and heavy box, with a portable handled box that fits inside a sleeve, which is inside another cardboard box, which was inside the shipping box. The actual instrument box contains a stiff foam insert that holds and protects the keyboard (see photos). It is high enough quality to serve as a limited use road case. Although I keep using the word “keyboard”, this is definitely not a keyboard in the traditional sense. The surface of the instrument is a soft, almost lush, silicone or rubber, very smooth and slippery to the touch, with a firmness, bounce, and spring back that makes this instrument so unique. There are only three ambiguously labeled touch-sensitive sliders on the left side, along with a track pad for executing effects and controlling sounds. The 25 keys respond to direct touch, sliding, and even pressing in between, above, and below them. I think most people will look at it and begin almost immediately to wonder what it is and how it works.
Downloading the software was a chore. It seems the programs are pretty large and it presented quite a challenge for my cable connection. It took almost a half day to get everything downloaded and installed, but that may well have been the cable company’s fault for all I know, so I don’t hold it against Roli. There are two programs for making music with the keyboard, Roli Dashboard and Equator, and there some basic instructions for getting started with the software and keyboard included in the manual. The Dashboard is mainly for manipulating sounds in a visual format, and I didn’t spend too much time with it. That’s because once I was running Equator, which is basically the sound module/library, I was having too much fun to want to fool around with anything else.
As a pianist, I tried to play the Rise like a keyboard, but let me say right off, that just doesn’t work. This is laid out like a keyboard, but it doesn’t play like one at all. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb right here and say, if you are using this as a MIDI controller, you will probably be somewhat disappointed. I much prefer the control and precision of a regular keyboard with sliders, faders, and knobs, as opposed to the constant variation and irregularity that the Rise induces. It is difficult to explain, but as my video shows, any slight difference in strike speed, force, or location on the “key” induces a different type of sound. The slightest difference in any of those elements, and some different tonality comes out. At first it was quite irritating, but after a while, you get a certain feel for it and you roll with (or Roli with?) the sounds. It makes the music that comes out of the Rise original and organic.
The interface on Equator is incredible (see photos and video). After you pull a sound from the library, you are faced with decisions, decisions, decisions for changing and tweaking the sound. Guitarists will love how you get the natural bend and slide of notes, and keyboardists will appreciate being able to do what guitarists do without finagling on wheels and such. (Who knows what delights Thelonious Monk might have produced with one of these things?) Each parameter’s “wave” can be adjusted, and there are four instant call up patterns in the corner of the display box for easy recall and changing on the fly. One of the best features is the keyboard tracking at the bottom, which not only shows you the key being struck, it shows you how it was struck and what that sound “looks” like. Each sound also comes with a handy built in curve to show you the point where the sound changes and becomes ineffective (or inaudible to human ears), which is highly important given the ten-and-a-half octave range of the sounds.
I could go on and on about this world class musical instrument, but in the interest of not writing a book here, I’ll just say this is an incredible piece of music equipment and I couldn’t be happier that our paths crossed. This five star gear is going to be the cornerstone of what I hope will also be a five star studio when it is finished. The Roli Seaboard Rise is awesome!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
+Beautifully designed pro-grade controller with solid metal casing (quite heavy actually) and smooth, tactile rubberized keys