Music technology company ROLI has announced that the company has raised an additional $27 million in investment “to accelerate growth” and bring its instruments, like the Seaboard RISE, right, to musicians around the world.
Company representatives say the Series B fundraising will help ROLI scale to meet growing demand, expand in new markets, and “intensively build” out its product, engineering, and marketing teams in North America and Europe.
Roland Lamb, Founder and CEO of ROLI, said: “The success of the Seaboard has shown that people want musical devices that are elegant, advanced, and open to all-and as easy to use as a smartphone or tablet. We’re thrilled to be partnering with some of the world’s most experienced investors as we revolutionize how people express themselves through music. And as we continue this journey, we are looking for everyone – from coders and makers to composers and musicians – to join the ROLI team as we change the shape of music.”
ROLI has developed a series of connected hardware, software, platform, and developer products. The Seaboard RISE, an instrument that launched in September 2015, remodels the piano keyboard as a soft, smooth, touch-responsive surface that lets music-makers shape sound through five dimensions of touch. NOISE, launched late in 2015, a free iOS app that turns iPhones and iPads into musical instruments, applies Apple’s 3D Touch technology to music creation.
Here’s a video, from the 2016 Winter NAMM Show, that shows ROLI’s RISE controllers in action:
Jordan Rudess composed a prog jam for the event, written for three performers with 25-note Rise controllers & a drummer.
The Seaboard Rise is one of a growing number of controllers that support Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE), a new standard communicating expressive performance control via MIDI.
More information on the funding round and the ROLI product line is available on the ROLI website.