Seaboard RISE Advanced Controller Performance Preview


Two days ago, Advanced MIDI controller creator ROLI introduced the Seaboard RISE, their most affordable expressive MIDI keyboard controller yet.

Today, they released this video that features three of the new RISE controllers in action:

The video features a performance by Marco Parisi, Heen-Wah Wai, and Gerald Peter, with each using a Seaboard RISE controller, at the ROLI preview party on Sept 9th.

The Seaboard RISE is now available for preorder for US $799 at the ROLI site and at select music stores. It will ship and be available in store at retail outlets, throughout the world, from October.

11 thoughts on “Seaboard RISE Advanced Controller Performance Preview

  1. Nice – so, is this the most expression you get for your buck?

    I do like these 3D controllers coming to market, but I guess the winner is going to be the one that has that mass market price, $799 is amazing for this device but still too steep for most.

    I am surprised the market isn’t more aggressive, as the company who gets their setup to become the 3D controller standard has a open and wide market – and that is for the taking at the right price.

  2. I am really impressed. Before I saw this video I was, meh. But this is one amazing device. So expressive. These musicians are also excellent.

  3. I was already seeing this as the synth controller version of a cello. After those guitar and saxophone moments, I’m even more convinced. Of course, only a few softsynths like Omnisphere and u-He’s Diva have been optimized to handle the CC data a Seaboard emits, so there will be some limits unless its a big hit. We’ll have to hear what its onboard synth Equator is really like, but with a broad demo & superior players like that, interest is going to be a lot higher. THAT is how you convince people. A+.

    1. +1. Showing people, that their gizmo is a real instrument used by real musicians to make real music is the right way. There are so many devices that are more technical curiosity than anything else (eigenharp – sorry; linnstrument seems to be heading in the same way), used by very few people (and not only people: making rather naive sounds. This what I got from small survey of youtube/vimeo. Untapped potential or lack of it?

  4. When the larger size iPad Pro finally gets 3D touch, like the forthcoming iPhone 6S, I think it maybe possible, along with the open source software used in the Lininstrument, to do this as a truly expressive App, and for a price (less the cost of the IPad Pro of course) under 50 bucks.

    1. I am anxiously waiting for next years iPad(and also, that’s why this years conference was disappointment to me; they introduced all the tech I wanted, but in wrong order. I wanted force touch on the iPad first and stylus primarily for the phone), but iPad doesn’t give you the feel of the notes though. The brilliance of this instrument is, that it gives you sensation that tells your fingers where they are at the moment. Like guitar strings are lighter to bend at first, but are harder to bend the further you push them.

      Also I just learned, that the more expensive versions also are ‘plug out’ -kind of synths, and now I kind of have to buy it.

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