Yes. The Seaboard RISE can transmit MIDI-over-Bluetooth to devices which support it, and has a built-in battery which lasts for around 12 hours on a full charge.
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 RISE has two modes which are accessed by pressing the Power/Mode button. The button’s central light indicates the mode you are currently using.
MIDI mode: In this mode the RISE’s Touch Faders and XY touch pad behave as controllers. They send assignable MIDI CC messages which can be used to control to synth parameters in Equator or other virtual instruments.
Expression mode: In this mode, the 3 Touch Faders adjust the RISE’s sensitivity to Pitch Correction, Slide, and Pressure.
The Seaboard RISE has a sensitive surface which constantly measures the continuous touch that you apply to the keywaves. While in Expression Mode, the Seaboard RISE’s three faders control the RISE’s fundamental sensitivity to Glide, Slide and Press. It is also possible to adjust the RISE’s sensitivity to Strike and Lift in the ROLI Dashboard.
Yes! By setting the RISE’s three faders to the minimum value, expressive control is disabled and the Seaboard RISE can be played like a regular keyboard or MIDI controller. More detail here.
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 features of the Seaboard RISE and GRAND appeal to different kinds of music-makers. The Seaboard RISE has additional expressive features to the Seaboard GRAND, and is portable with wireless connection over Bluetooth. It is available with 25 or 49 keywaves. The Seaboard GRAND is available in 3 models with 37, 61 and 88 keywaves. It has an onboard synth, Embedded Equator, whereas the RISE is purely an expressive MIDI controller.
While there will be updates and improvements to the firmware of the GRAND, and improvements to Equator, the Seaboard RISE includes redesigned sensors that are not compatible with the Seaboard GRAND.
The RISE25 has 25 keywaves, and the RISE49 has 49 keywaves and a longer chassis. In all other respects they are the same.
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.
You can buy the Seaboard RISE from roli.com/store or via some of your favorite stores including Sweetwater, MoMA Stores, B&H, Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center and Alto Music in the US and PMT Online, Gear4Music, and GuitarGuitar in the UK. Stay tuned, as we will be announcing many more locations in the coming weeks.
The Seaboard RISE is designed in London and assembled in the Republic of Ireland.
25 keywaves and the following dimensions
- 505 mm x 210 mm x 22.86 mm / 2.8 kg
- 19.88 in x 8.27 in x 0.9 in / 6.17 lbs
- 627mm x 321mm x 77mm / 4kg
- 24.7 in x 12.6 in x 3 in / 8 lbs
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 Seaboard RISE comes with a bespoke contoured, form-fitting case made of EPP, a premium, durable material. It includes built-in storage for accessories and secure fastening with a unique locking mechanism.
49 keywaves and the following dimensions.
- 834 mm x 210 mm x 25 mm / 4.2 kg
- 32.8 in x 8.3 in x 0.9 in / 12.13 lbs
- 917mm x 290mm x 55mm / 5.3 kg
- 36.1 in x 11.4 in x 2.1 in / 11.7 lbs
Inside the soft case:
- 856 x 218 x 50.5 mm
- 33.7 in x 8.5 in x 1.9 in
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
No. The Seaboard RISE is a pure MIDI controller so doesn’t produce audio. Audio is produced when the RISE is connected to a computer (or any other MIDI device), which will receive the MIDI data and convert it to audio. The audio from the computer or MIDI device can then be connected directly to an amp.
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, and the internal battery charges when connected to USB. When the Seaboard RISE is connected to an external AC mains power supply, it will also charge a connected iPad.
No. The Seaboard RISE is a pure MIDI controller. Equator – the multi-dimensional synth designed specially for the Seaboard and embedded in the Seaboard GRAND – is provided as a VST/AU plugin and standalone application with every Seaboard RISE.
When fully charged, the Seaboard RISE’s battery delivers up to 11-12 hours of continuous play.
Yes, the Seaboard RISE has one pedal input, which can be set to behave as a sustain or expression pedal using the ROLI Dashboard software.
The RISE has under 30ms of “touch-to-sound” latency (including audio buffer) when using MIDI over Bluetooth. That is only 6ms more latency than using a USB cable. Our raw Bluetooth latency clocks in at 5ms.
The RISE has been designed for making music on the go. Take a look at our app NOISE for a mobile solution to using the Seaboard.
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.
- 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.
The Seaboard RISE is primarily USB-powered. An internal battery, which is charged by USB, makes it possible to perform without a power connection by MIDI over Bluetooth. External power supplies with an input voltage of 100-240V AC and an output voltage of 9-12V DC 18W centre pin positive can be used. The measurements for the DC power input are: 4mm (outside diameter), 1.7mm (internal diameter), 11mm shaft length.
An external power supply is not provided with the RISE.
Yes. The Seaboard RISE software is compatible with:
- Windows 7+
- OSX 10.8+
- OSX 10.10.2 to enable MIDI over Bluetooth
- iOS 8 or higher
To get started with your RISE, you need to download your Seaboard RISE Software Installer, which includes ROLI Dashboard and Equator. Head to my.roli.com/register to create your My ROLI account, register your instrument and download your software. If you already have a My ROLI account, you can simply register your new instrument and download the relevant software.
To download your Equator synth software, you need first to create an account on MyROLI and register your new instrument, using the registration code in the box.
Once you have registered your instrument, just click “Download software bundle” for your operating system of choice on MyROLI.
Take a look at the full guide on installing your bundle here.
No, the Seaboard RISE comes with Equator, ROLI’s powerful synth optimised for multidimensional control. You can also use any AU/VST synth plug-ins.
You can record the output of Equator, from within a Digital Audio Workstation.
Click the Faders button in the top-right of the Equator screen.
This will open up the Seaboard RISE Controls panel in the Modulation Sources section of Equator. To assign any Modulation Source, just click it (the panel will highlight yellow), and drag in the arc around the parameter dial you wish to modulate.
ROLI Dashboard and Equator can be authorised and used on 4 computers.