The Seaboard Rise is already up for pre-order and will be officially released next month. The UK-based startup company, Roli, first introduced their new kind of expressive musical instrument which was named the Seaboard Grand back in March of 2013. This time, they bring music lovers a whole new expressive experience with the Rise. The Rise is the first expressive MIDI device that will offer musicians a user-friendly approach to using multi-platform synth, as Roli had stated. It is also the first device to offer a built-in user control panel, as well as the first Bluetooth wireless connectivity to give musicians more freedom. The wireless technology also brings in an integrated battery to the device.
Create a New Kind of Expressive Experience With the Seaboard Rise
The Seaboard RIse is designed to support multiple operating platforms. It is made to be compatible with popular Digital Audio Workstation suites. It is also compatible with software/hardware synthesizers. The device creates for a real-time sound modulation and expression. This is done by subtle, or even not so subtle, finger movements and gestures across the gadget. Roland Lamb, CEO od Roli, states that “It is the world’s first truly accessible expressive controller.” The CEO further states that it is the next-generation gestural musical instrument. Those who are new to their gadgets are said to be able to start at the device’s piano mode, then use gestures to dynamically modulate the sound/music they create. This is all done in real time.
Unlike the Seaboard Grand, the Rise MIDI device is developed for mass production. The Grand was targeted for a more exclusive audience hence it’s higher price. However, the Rise was made more affordable to result in Keywaves to be shallower in nature as it exhibits a different nature. However, this also means that its Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) instrument/controller can be more accessible as it sports a lower price than the Grand. This puts the device to be more in reach for beginners and professionals alike.
The Seaboard Rise has dimensions of 19.88 x 8.27 x 0.9 inches. It weighs approximately 6.17 pounds, and has a playing area featuring 25 Keywaves. Other than these information, the device has a bank of controls found to the left of the console. These include touch-enabled sliders/faders, forward/backward buttons, a volume rocker, and a 4-way directional pad for X/Y control. There is also an integrated USB B port located down to the console’s left edge for MIDI over USB functionality.