BREAKING: ROLI Releases Seaboard RISE

New Expressive MIDI Controller Available at an Affordable Price
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This just in! London-based ROLI just announced the Seaboard RISE – a universally accessible, expressive MIDI controller that empowers musicians to do more with a keyboard than ever before.

The Seaboard RISE builds on the technologies of the award-winning Seaboard GRAND, which CNN called “the piano of the future,” and which we are reviewing in the November issue of EM.

Since its debut, a wide range of artists including luminaries such as Jamie Cullum, Jamie xx, and A. R. Rahman have composed, produced, or performed live with the Seaboard GRAND.

Like the Seaboard GRAND, the Seaboard RISE features patented SEA Interface technology, which remodels the keyboard as a pressure-sensitive, continuous surface that responds to even the subtlest gestures. Playing on its unique “keywaves,” musicians shape notes with unprecedented expressiveness, modulating the character of sound in real time with simple movements of the finger.

Roland Lamb, ROLI’s CEO and inventor of the Seaboard, said, “Finally, musicians have at their fingertips an affordable and accessible tool that lets them create authentic instrumental simulations in real time. Combined with its strengths in creating fresh new sound interactions, the Seaboard RISE is truly a breakthrough for both musical performance and production.”

The Seaboard RISE exemplifies a fast-growing new category of hardware and software sometimes called Expressive MIDI (more technically referred to as Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression, or MPE) devices. The category’s products – including acclaimed instruments like the Linnstrument and the Haken Continuum – focus on delivering acoustic-level electronic expression by enabling each individual note to be modulated in multiple ways in real time.

The Seaboard RISE marks a turning point in the accessibility of Expressive MIDI products to a broad consumer market. It is the first Expressive MIDI device to offer an easy-to-use multi-platform synth, the first with an integrated user control panel, and the first to perform wirelessly with an integrated battery and Bluetooth over MIDI. All of these features enable a seamless workflow. The Seaboard RISE is also the first Expressive MIDI device to be available for less than $1000. Its retail price of $799 (£599) puts it within reach of beginners as well as studio professionals.

It comes bundled with Equator, ROLI’s custom-built software synthesiser designed exclusively for Expressive MIDI instruments. In Equator, the Seaboard RISE’s five primary dimensions of touch and gestural control – strike, press, glide, slide, and lift – are easily and independently mapped to a wide variety of sound parameters. Sliders on the left-hand control panel regulate the extent to which these parameters of gestural modulation are utilised, allowing the Seaboard RISE to behave like anything from a conventional keyboard controller – in easy-to-use “piano mode” – to a completely open-ended interactive surface.

Jordan Rudess, Grammy-nominated virtuoso and keyboardist of Dream Theater—and Head of Music Experience at ROLI—commented, “The Seaboard is not only making waves in the music industry. It is poised to be the most significant evolution of a musical instrument in the last 300 years. I’m personally excited about the release of the Seaboard RISE, and beyond my own obvious passion I expect to see it fully embraced by music makers everywhere.”

Today ROLI is hosting an exclusive event previewing the Seaboard RISE at its East London headquarters. Roland Lamb will give a short keynote on the new product, and Emika, an acclaimed electronic artist and producer, will perform with it.

The Seaboard RISE is now available for preorder on and at select music stores. It will ship and be available in store at retail outlets globally from October. To see and hear the Seaboard RISE, watch ROLI’s video at

To learn more about ROLI, visit Tel: +44 (0) 207 254 2155

Seaboard RISE 25 Features
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, multi-dimensional software synthesiser

Seaboard RISE 25 Technical specifications
25 Keywaves
505 mm x 210 mm x 22.9 mm / 2.8 kg
(19.88 in x 8.27 in x 0.9 in / 6.17 lbs)
Continuous pedal input (1/4" jack)
USB B port (MIDI out and power)
USB A port (for charging peripherals)
18 W
Internal battery with 12-hour playability
Full MIDI compatibility over USB and Bluetooth

System Requirements
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