Equator is ROLI’s custom-built software synthesiser. It is designed to work for and with Seaboard instruments, maximising the expressive potential of Seaboards’ unique Keywave surface. It is compatible across multiple platforms including OS X and Windows, and it works with a variety of Digital Audio Workstations.
The models have different numbers of Keywaves. The Studio has 37 Keywaves, the Stage has 61 Keywaves and the LFE has 88 Keywaves. The Studio has two expression pedal inputs, and the Stage and LFE models have three expression pedal inputs. Only 88 LFE units will be made – each individually named for a key of the piano – and each unit includes a bespoke, integrated stand.
The SoundDial is a multipurpose dial located in the center of the Seaboard GRAND above the Keywave surface. The SoundDial changes sound patches. On the Stage and Studio models it shifts octaves.
The Seaboard GRAND comes bundled with Equator, Dashboard, and PolyThru. Dashboard is the master control panel for global settings. Equator is ROLI’s software synthesiser. Since the Seaboard GRAND requires a multi-timbral sound source, Polythru makes it easy and intuitive to use mono-timbral plugins with Seaboard GRAND as if they were multi-timbral.
A new Seaboard GRAND comes in a box complete with:
- Power Supply
- Silver USB Stick containing initial installation software
- USB cable
- Quick Start Booklet which includes Product Registration Code
- Warranty Information
A new Seaboard RISE comes in a box complete with:
- USB Cable
- Quick Start Guide
- Multi-language Quick Start Guide
- Warranty information
- Product Registration Card
ROLI Dashboard and Equator can be authorised and used on 4 computers.
Slide describes a vertical movement (up and down) along the “Y” axis of a Keywave. The keywaves on the RISE are slightly shallower and shorter in length. The GRAND keywaves are 165.5mm long whereas the RISE keywaves are 125.5mm long.
The Seaboard’s Keywaves are made of silicone rubber which is an extremely stable elastomer and perfectly safe. The type of silicone we use in the Seaboard is of the same Health & Safety grade as those used to make food containers, cupcake molds and prosthetic masks. It is safe to interact with on a daily basis and does not contain any mercury, PVC, arsenic, lead, BFR, BPA, phthalates or other toxic chemicals.
The Seaboard GRAND receives regular firmware updates. The GRAND will not be updated to include the Seaboard RISE’s “Slide” or Y-axis control function, however, because of differences in the Seaboards’ sensor technologies.
Owners of the Seaboard GRAND also have a Bitwig unlock code now that the GRAND has been updated to support MPE.
- Create and activate a Bitwig account here.
- Login and enter your 8-Track Unlock code, which you can retrieve from MyROLI.
- Once your license is registered on the Bitwig website, you will see the installer for Bitwig 8-Track in your account, download the installer for your operating system and install.
- When starting the application for the first time select “Login to activate” from the activation window, here you simply enter your Bitwig user credentials.
The Seaboard transmits MIDI over USB so it can be connected and used with DAWs and virtual instruments like an ordinary MIDI controller. It is compatible with every form of music software. Some kinds of software are not yet capable of unlocking the full expressive potential of the RISE.
Since the Seaboard uses multiple channels of MIDI simultaneously, we provide templates for all major DAWs and many popular instruments to help you get started quickly.
No. The Seaboard RISE and GRAND use MIDI over USB via a USB 2.0 output.
The USB connection is versatile and can be connected to a variety of other hardware including those requiring 5-pin din connectors.
Yes. The SoundDial shifts octaves on these two models.
Seaboard RISE – Yes. The Seaboard RISE’s software is compatible with Windows 7+
Seaboard GRAND – Yes. GRAND OS 2, released in August 2016, introduced full support for Windows-compatible software along with many other features.
All Seaboard GRAND units ship with a power supply that has a voltage input range of 100-240VAC. They have an output of 12VDC 1.25A on a 2.1mm center positive DC power connector.
No. The Seaboard is powered through conventional power conduits and outlets.
- Mac OSX 10.8+ / Windows 7+ / iOS 8+
- Intel Core i5 2.5Ghz+
- 4GB RAM (recommended: 8GB RAM)
- 2GB hard drive space
- An internet connection to register and download additional content
What if my computer doesn’t meet these requirements?
Computers running an unsupported operating system may not be able to install the software, and computers with lower processor or RAM specs may not experience smooth audio when using the software.