Music creation startup ROLI today introduced the Seaboard RISE 49, the four-octave model of its Seaboard RISE controller, during Media Preview Day at the 2016 NAMM Show. Featuring a larger playing surface, the Rise 49 introduction comes about four months after the debut of the two-octave Rise 25, and expands the family of Seaboard RISE controllers.
The Rise 49 comes bundled with digital audio workstation Bitwig 8-Track, one of many DAWs compatible with Equator, Roli’s software synthesizer and sound engine. Bitwig is built to take full advantage of Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE), an emerging category of music hardware and software that includes the Seaboard Rise. All Seaboard creators will now receive Bitwig 8-Track for free, helping them make and record multidimensional music right out of the box.
Also included with the wireless and portable Rise 49 is a soft carrying case for “making music on the go.” For making “portable” music, the Rise 49 can be paired with Noise, Roli’s free app. Using MIDI over Bluetooth, Noise is a mobile sound engine that lets music-makers work wirelessly with just a Rise and a mobile phone. Available on iPhone, Noise will soon be available across other iOS and Android devices.
Updated Equator software synth. “Significant” updates to Equator, the multidimensional software synthesizer included with every Seaboard Rise, also launched this week. Over 100 new presets have been added, and startup times are now faster. In another update, music-makers can now work with velocity-sensitive multi-samples as well as tempo sync.
Here’s the official intro video:
Roli Seaboard Rise 49 Hardware Specifications:
- 49 Keywaves
- 834 mm x 210 mm x 25 mm / 4.2 kg (32.8 in x 8.3 in x 0.9 in / 9.2 lbs)
- Continuous pedal input (1/4″ jack)
- USB 2.0-B port (MIDI out and power)
- USB A port (for charging peripherals)
- 9–12V 2A DC port
- Internal rechargeable battery for up to 8 hours of wireless play
- MIDI compatibility over USB and Bluetooth
- OS X 10.8+ / Windows 7+ / iOS
- Intel Core i5 2.5GHz or faster
- 4 GB RAM minimum / 8 GB RAM recommended
- 2 GB available disk space for Equator installation
Pricing and Availability. Roli’s Rise 49 controller retails for $1199 (£949, €1299) and is currently available for preorder on the Roli website. The controller is expected to ship in late February 2016, and be available via Roli’s network of retailers in North America and Europe in the first quarter of 2016.