In my opinion, the right decision to offer now a more affordable and portable version of this cool new technology. Looking forward to checking this out.
ROLI Iaunches Seaboard Block at $299, making expressive keyboard controllers a mainstream option for all musicians ROLI today launches Seaboard Block, a uniquely versatile controller that brings next-generation expressive music technology into the mainstream.Seaboard Block is the newest model of the Seaboard, a touch-responsive keyboard interface that is one of the most acclaimed inventions in music technology of the last several years. ROLI’s first two models, Seaboard GRAND and Seaboard RISE, are played by artists including Stevie Wonder, Meghan Trainor, Steve Aoki, and Hans Zimmer. Called “incredibly deep” (Resident Advisor), “exciting, progressive, and potent” (Sound on Sound), and “the future of the keyboard” (MusicRadar), the award-winning Seaboard ranges in price from $799 to $8,888.
Priced at $299 (£279, €329), the Seaboard Block is by far the most affordable version of a must-have tool for the contemporary musician. Fitting in a backpack and connecting to ROLI’s free mobile app NOISE , it is the most accessible Seaboard ever made. Musicians of all backgrounds — including global superstars — are now adopting Seaboard Block. “A portable Seaboard is literally genius,” said singer-producer Grimes, who now uses Seaboard Block. “I’m so glad this device entered my life.”
Seaboard Block is also the newest Block in ROLI’s modular BLOCKS system , which launched worldwide in November 2016. Individual Blocks, each of which provide unique functions, can be connected together to build an expandable, customizable instrument for people of all musical backgrounds. Connecting to other Blocks — including other Seaboard Blocks — this 24-keywave super-powered keyboard is now at the center of the world’s first mobile music studio.
Touch Block also launches today. The same size as Live Block and Loop Block, Touch Block ($79, £69) provides controls for adjusting in real time the expressive behavior of the Seaboard Block and Lightpad Block interfaces. By clicking one of its controls, for example, music-makers can adjust how much their side-to-side finger movements bend pitch on the surface of Seaboard Block.
Seaboard Block and Touch Block join Lightpad Block, Live Block, and Loop Block, expanding the BLOCKS family. In its first six months BLOCKS has won awards including Best Innovative Product (Musikmesse International Press Awards 2017) and Best in Show (NAMM U Awards 2017).Seaboard Block is now available through the ROLI store and retail partners It will begin shipping in late June.
More informations here: ROLI Seaboard Block
Available here for pre-order: ROLI Seaboard Block
Good article! Recommend future articles discuss MPE compatibility and what is involved if your DAW isn’t 100% MPE capable. Lots of manual mapping of midi channels involved, etc. I really want this gear, but don’t want to deal with the manual workaround. May have to get another daw.