ROLI Seaboard Block

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  • Overview

    The ROLI Seaboard Block helps you create intensely expressive music on its portable, super-powered keyboard, along with the companion app on your iPhone or iPad. Touch and shape your sound on Seaboard Block’s soft, pressure-responsive musical surface. Every movement becomes musical on the unique surface of the Seaboard Block. Searing solos and simple musical sketches start with one moment of touch.

    The Seaboard Block is a powerful standalone instrument, and its powers are extended when you connect it to other components in the modular BLOCKS system.

    Highlights

    Play any kind of sound from flutes to drums

    Shape sound through 5D Touch technology

    24 keywave, two octave playing surface

    More than 200 free sounds

    Connects to other Blocks in the expandable BLOCKS system — wireless with MIDI over Bluetooth

    Lightweight and portable

    Software bundle includes NOISE, Equator Player, Ableton Live Lite, BLOCKS Dashboard, MaxMSP

    Did You Notice?

    Through pressure, sideways movements, up-and-down movements and other intuitive gestures you can bring your musical ideas to life.

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    Making any kind of music on the go with a powerful, versatile and portable device.

    What’s in the Box

    ROLI Seaboard Block

    10 NOISE Soundpacks

    BLOCKS Dashboard

    Equator Player

    Max MSP Licence (three months)

    USB-C to USB-A charging cable (1 m/3.28 ft.)

    Quick start guide

    Tech Specs

    Other Features: Bluetooth, Charging, Wireless

    Bluetooth Compatiblity: Bluetooth 4.0

    Power Source: Battery power

    Height: 2.54 cm/1 in.

    Length: 9.5 cm/3.74 in.

    Width: 4.8 cm/1.89 in.

    Weight: 200 g/7.05 oz.

    System Requirements

    Operating System: iOS 9 or later; OS X 10.10 or later, Windows 10

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    Mfr. Part Number: ROL-001142

    UPC or EAN No.: 814773020161

    Warranty

    Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple’s Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.

    Warranty: One year

  • 5.0 Average
    5 out of 5 stars
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Absolutely loving its expressiveness!

      The Seaboard has changed my music production workflow. I keep it running in Equator on my laptop, while working on projects in my DAW (on desktop) so I have a r The Seaboard has changed my music production workflow. I keep it running in Equator on my laptop, while working on projects in my DAW (on desktop) so I have a range of amazingly expressive sounds ready to go. Often i will just record the audio into the project and treat it after or use the idea for a different sound. Its only downside is that most DAWs still can not interpret the MIDI protocol (MPE) required to use the seaboard’s 5 dimensions of expression. I hope this will be added in future updates of most DAWs! (For now it works as a regular MIDI keyboard though)

      • Written by Vincent S from Montreal

      7 of 7 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Absolutely loving its expressiveness!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Excellent!

      In terms of musical expression, ROLI is definitely your best choice. As professional producers, we must admit that the Seaboard Block has quickly become an In terms of musical expression, ROLI is definitely your best choice. As professional producers, we must admit that the Seaboard Block has quickly become an essential music production tool for our daily studio life. Once you fully understand its unique potential, you won’t be able to replace it with anything else. Its technology is game-changing: the combined action of its five dimensions of touch along with the Equator software completely revolutionised the way you can write music. It feels much more intuitive and natural and sounds unbelievably real. The BLOCKS Dashboard allows you to find the best setting for your DAW workflow. And the best part is that you can do all of this by comfortably lying on your couch. Personally, before the advent of the ROLI instruments I used to be a key player, now I can be a guitarist, a saxophonist or a director of an entire orchestra. Because of these reasons we sincerely recommend the ROLI products to anyone who wants to create music. The future is the present.

      • Written by B C

      4 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Excellent!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      ROLI Seaboard Block - same great experience - SMALLER!

      Nothing in the keys world comes close to ROLI products in terms of playability & the sheer enjoyment you'll experience honing your vibrato whilst playing a doub Nothing in the keys world comes close to ROLI products in terms of playability & the sheer enjoyment you'll experience honing your vibrato whilst playing a double bass or sliding to simulate flute breaths - it's truly unique. Being a guitarist in a world more MIDI based than ever, I've struggled bringing performance expression into a more rigid electronic world. That ended when I discovered the SeaboardRise25 and since getting the SeaboardBlock it's pushed my performances even further and developed my sound. Beautifully packaged; every inch feels confidently designed for musicians that appreciate visuals. The feel is sleek and responsive whilst maintaining durability. Its smaller and less expensive than the RISE but the quality is still there, just lighter and more transportable. Initially the scale looks like you'd be hindered but quickly you discover the shorter scale makes everything closer and quicker. The scale's similar to the Akai mini, which before the Seaboard Block was my go to portable MIDI controller. Blocks Dashboard allows you to adjust the 5 Dimensions of touch to create a controller that knows YOU. This makes it a unique portable controller. It shines with DAW's & the experience continues with NOISE - ROLI's dedicated standalone BLOCKS app. I've performed live using an iPhone and SeaboardBlock - wirelessly with 0 latency! The astounding sound quality and variety in both NOISE and EQUATOR feels wonderfully authentic. The SeaboardBlock also soars with 3rd party and sampled sounds. You get a software bundle of Tracktion, Strobe2, Equator and Blocks dashboard for desktop and NOISE which allows you to sequence and perform using an IOS device and multiple BLOCKS live - EFFORTLESSLY. I'd recommend this product to anyone looking for something to push themselves creatively, enjoys music technology or someone who needs a composing tool that will match their creativity everywhere they go.

      • Written by Perry S from Purton

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?ROLI Seaboard Block - same great experience - SMALLER!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      What I have been waiting for

      I played piano and keyboards for 10 years and every time I move from home/studio (like holidays or simply a day out) I always got problems getting with me my wh I played piano and keyboards for 10 years and every time I move from home/studio (like holidays or simply a day out) I always got problems getting with me my white and black keys. Finally, what I was searching for is arrived. A very compact and so powerful keyboard MIDI controller that allow me to play out of home/studio. It has a very good battery life and the 5D touch expression is something completely awesome! You don't need wheels or pedals to add effects to your sound: just slide your hands and finger up and down, left or right, to get everything you need! Well done, ROLI. Truly something every keyboarded/pianist need.

      • Written by Giulio C from Caldiero

      Is this review useful?What I have been waiting for

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Innovative, sleek and exciting

      I've been playing with the Seaboard Block for a few days now and so feel reasonably comfortable talking about some of the features that, I think, really define I've been playing with the Seaboard Block for a few days now and so feel reasonably comfortable talking about some of the features that, I think, really define it as not only a fantastic synthesizer, MIDI controller and general workstation tool, but also (more importantly!) as a digital instrument that is absolutely at the cutting edge of this field. This review will look at how it works in conjunction with my existing equipment (efficiency), and how it can perhaps revolutionise some of my composition practices (innovation). It plugs in really easily to anything I've tried, although it does require the app to act as a translator. This is obviously different to a conventional controller which is just plug-and-go, but it's really not hard to download the app. I presume the reason for this is that the amount of signals it gives out is many times more than most other synths I own (each note has several parameters with ROLI). These parameters are the most exciting part of the Seaboard for me - the level of control given to each note or chord is absolutely absurd. MIDI synthesizers used to be judged by how closely they could emulate sounds of real instruments, or by the quality of their synthesized electronic sounds. The Block can do this just as well, but crucially can do things that no other synthesizer or real instrument could possibly achieve through the pressure-, location- and touch-based controls. It's really new, really exciting, and I've only just scratched the surface of how these might be programmed into my music-making. I can only imagine this control becomes even more complete when combined with other Blocks using their magnetic system, though I've not tested it myself. As a side point, there is no noticeable latency when using the Seaboard, even through the app, which is obviously really important to live music-makers. I'm a big fan of the size of the Seaboard Block too. It's two octaves, which is a fantastic size for fitting onto the desk when working with a desktop computer, or for plugging into your laptop/iPad for workstation use. My previous setup used the Korg MicroKey, which is two-and-a-half octaves, but also physically bigger. I think the ROLI actually fits neater into the setup, although it depends on your needs. The size is also great for taking around with you in a bag to gigs, or just to doodle around with on the train with headphones. The software it comes with is a fantastic deal - it's basically worth the price for just the software (although of course, most people probably wouldn't have necessarily wanted ALL the tech). it's a real range too, all the way up to MaxMSP, which you could really use to go bezerk with the seaboard's 5D technology. Fantastic piece of kit overall, and it really feels like the future of synthesis and electronic music-making is here.

      • Written by Robert L

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Innovative, sleek and exciting

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Magic, brings joy back to music creation

      First off, I completely love it. It’s built fantastically well, it’s small enough to throw even a couple of them in the backpack and go make music anywhere with First off, I completely love it. It’s built fantastically well, it’s small enough to throw even a couple of them in the backpack and go make music anywhere with your phone or iPad. But there is a benefit to the sea board that goes way beyond a generic tech product. This is way more than a midi controller, to me it really is an Actual instrument. I say that both as a classical pianist and as a modern producer and songwriter. As a pianist the blocks line have helped me improve my technique In terms of finger accuracy and sensitivity to dynamics. As a composer however, this is where the Seaboard really shines. Suddenly I have full control not just over pitch and dynamic, but timbre, gliss, vibrato, strike and so many other parameters reserved for percussive, stringed or digital instruments. Really forces you to consider every aspect of your melody or chord structure, and has been a real musical awakening for me. All in all, I cannot recommend this product enough, it’s pretty magic.

      • Written by Dean A from London

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Magic, brings joy back to music creation

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