The Seaboard GRAND is a radically new musical instrument that reimagines the piano keyboard as a soft, continuous surface and puts expression back at your fingertips
For centuries, keyboardists have been forced to accept the velocity of their key strikes marking the end of that note's expressive potential. With the Seaboard GRAND, however, this interaction is merely the beginning. Intuitive gestures such as presses, bends and slides open new avenues to musical expression.
Continuous touch enables you to sound a note and then take it on a musical journey; modulating volume and timbre through one continuous motion. The Seaboard GRAND’s keywaves offer precise tactile feedback, making it easy to sense the slightest change in pressure, resulting in a far more organic experience than traditional aftertouch.
Adjusting pitch is as natural on the Seaboard GRAND as it is on a stringed instrument. Slide a finger to the left to lower the pitch of a note; slide it to the right to raise it. The smooth feel of the playing surface lets you easily glide from one keywave to the next, or apply a natural vibrato to any note.
Unique, low-friction ribbons run along both the top and the bottom of the Seaboard GRAND’s playing surface. They make it easy to start playing one keywave, then slide to any other keywave you choose in one fluid gesture, even allowing multiple notes to glissando independently at the same time.
Equator is a full-featured audio engine, designed specifically for the Seaboard’s multidimensional control. Every Seaboard GRAND ships ready to run Equator on-board: just plug in a pair of headphones or an amplifier and you'll be ready to go. Find out more.
The SoundDial is the only control you will need to adjust the sound of the Seaboard GRAND. Shift between sound presets using the continuous rotary control, while the subtle LED ring shows you exactly which preset is currently being played.
The Seaboard was invented and developed in London, and we are proud to be making each unit right here in London too. We assemble and test each Seaboard GRAND in our Dalston studio, enabling us to care passionately for each detail and ensure the quality of every instrument we make.
Dimensions: 36.9" x 13.3" x 1.0" (937mm x 338mm x 25.7mm)
Weight: 15.4lb (7kg)
3 continuous pedal inputs (1/4" jacks)
2 balanced audio out jacks (1/4")
Stereo headphone out mini-jack (1/8")
USB type A and USB type B
9-12V DC power in
Operating systems: OS X 10.7+
Minimum Mac Specs: Macbook Pro i5 2.5GHz or faster min 4 GB RAM, recommended 8GB RAM
Controller protocols: MIDI, MDC
Equator sound design and control mapping
Continuous touch curve control
Real-time visual feedback
Free upgrades to future software releases
EQUATOR SOUND ENGINE
FM and subtractive synthesis
Multi-layer sample playback
User definable envelopes
Comprehensive modulation matrix
Independent dynamic voice control
Effects including delay, chorus and reverb
The Seaboard GRAND ships with a custom version of FXpansion's Synth Squad package, optimised for plug-and-play compatibility with the Seaboard. Synth Squad comprises thee analogue-modelling synths - Cypher, Amber and Strobe - that can be combined and layered through the powerful Fusor environment. All four come as standalone apps as well as in VST, AU, RTAS and AAX formats. Synth Squad would normally cost $249, but is entirely free for Seaboard GRAND customers.
USB drive containing install for Equator software, Seaboard GRAND Dashboard software and FXpansion SynthSquad
Quick Start Guide
Bespoke carry case
Equator is our own synth engine designed from the ground up to enable multidimensional sound design and open up the full expressive potential of the Seaboard GRAND. It runs as a standalone OS X application, as a plugin for a suite of industry-standard DAWs, and also on-board each Seaboard GRAND. This playlist will showcase some of the many sounds that Equator and the Seaboard can create together.
An introduction to some of the unique features of ROLI's Seaboard GRAND. For more visit www.roli.com
Evolved from the piano keyboard, the Seaboard is a new musical instrument which bridges the gap between acoustic and digital music by putting the control of pitch, volume and timbre right at your fingertips. For more information please visit ROLI at www.roli.com Sound sources: Bass - factory preset from Kontakt, Electric Piano - custom sounds from FXpansion Cypher.
Three professional musicians -- Adam Wakeman, Matt Robertson, and Mike Dixon -- discuss their first impressions of the Seaboard
Marco Parisi using the Dirt Ribbon preset within FXpansion's Synth Squad Player for Seaboard to create this cinematic soundscape. This is performed completely live with no over-dubs and no external controllers. Find out more about the Seaboard here https://www.roli.com/seaboard/.
I transcribed and played one of my favorite guitar solos of John Petrucci on the ROLI Seaboard Grand (see http://www.roli.com). For the guitar patch I used RealEight guitar sample library in combination with Guitar Rig. ROLI Seaboard Grand: Gerald Peter Backing track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6amexMgSEAY Video made with the GoPro
A meeting of creative minds: Jamie Cullum, Roli and RiffRaff Films join forces in this Music Tech Fest Special. Seaboard inventor and CEO of ROLI, Roland Lamb meets Jamie Cullum to demo The Seaboard, a new musical instrument which bridges the gap between acoustic and digital music by putting the control of pitch, volume and timbre right at your fingertips. http://www.weareroli.com / @WeAreROLI http://www.riffrafffilms.tv / @RiffRaffFilms http://www.jamiecullum.com / @jamiecullum http://www.musictechfest.org / @musictechfest 4-minute taster. For a full 18 minute performance go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAAVs8wqVUA
Lail Arad performs 'My Love' in the SoundHive at ROLI HQ, Oct 2013.
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