This exciting new instrument has just been unveiled by design led technology start-up ROLI a radically new kind of musical instrument and digital controller that reimagines the most iconic of musical instruments – the piano.
An evolution of the piano keyboard, the Seaboard has a soft three dimensional surface that enables unprecedented realtime, intuitive control of the fundamental characteristics of sound: pitch, volume, and timbre. Piano and keyboard players can instantly transfer their skills to the Seaboard and begin exploring its new capacities.
The Seaboard is the first electronic instrument to enable control of a wide variety of parameters through traditional techniques for expressiveness and virtuosity. As a controller, the Seaboard allows players to manipulate sound like never before. It authentically simulates a plethora of other instruments – guitar note bends, subtle string and horn swells, and much more are expressively created in seconds instead of hours. Both as an instrument and as a controller the Seaboard creates a world of entirely new sonic possibilities, and provides a new bridge between acoustic and electronic approaches to music.
We’re very excited by this new instrument and hope to get our hands on one soon
A limited edition of 88 Seaboard GRANDs will be available for preorder worldwide starting in April 2013. Each Seaboard GRAND will be hand assembled to order in the ROLI studio in the heart of Dalston, East London, and, in recognition of its provenance, each will be named after a particular note on the piano keyboard, from A0 to C8.
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