ROLI RISE Fusion Synth Jam At The 2016 NAMM Show

Sunday Synth Jam: This series of videos, via ROLI, captures a fusion jam session at the 2016 NAMM Show.

The ROLI booth featured a series of performances, featuring their new Seaboard RISE controllers. This jam session featured Snarky Puppy and The Funk Apostles star Cory Henry, along with Marco Parisi and Larnell Lewis. 

Watch for extensive use of pitch bend and slides in both Henry and Parisi’s RISE solos, and also the contrast between Henry’s use of a standard keyboard and the RISE. Continue reading

ROLI Seaboard RISE 49 Controller Now Shipping


ROLI has announced it is now shipping the Seaboard RISE 49, a four-octave version of its expressive Seaboard RISE MIDI controller.

Pliable, pressure-sensitive keywaves take the place of keys on a traditional keyboard. The sensor-embedded keywave surface lets you shape sound through touch. Three faders let you fine-tune the responsiveness of the surface to touch.

The RISE offers what ROLI calls ‘5D touch’ – you can get different types of expression by:

  • striking the keywaves
  • pressing into them
  • gliding sideways along them
  • sliding up and down the keywaves, and
  • lifting off.

Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading

ModStep For iPad Video Overview

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AppBC shared several new videos for Modstep, its new iPad MIDI sequencer.

The first video, below, is an overview that looks at using Modstep with ‘all of your stuff’ – whether it’s a new iPad, an old iPad 1, software synths, your samples, your computer or your hardware gear: Continue reading