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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.

    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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    What’s in the Box

    ROLI Seaboard Block

    10 NOISE Soundpacks

    BLOCKS Dashboard

    Equator Player

    Max MSP License (Three months)

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

    Quick start guide

    Tech Specs

    Other Features: Bluetooth, Charging, Wireless

    Bluetooth Compatiblity: Bluetooth 4.0

    Power Source: Battery power

    Height: 1 in./2.5 cm

    Length: 3.74 in./9.5 cm

    Width: 1.89 in./4.8 cm

    Weight: 7.05 oz./200 g

    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

      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

      Beauty AND Brains

      The Seaboard Block is the songwriting tool that i've been waiting for for years. It functions equally well as a portable, silicone springboard for my musical id The Seaboard Block is the songwriting tool that i've been waiting for for years. It functions equally well as a portable, silicone springboard for my musical ideas while i'm on the move (when many of the best take shape but are the hardest to capture), as well as a centerpiece to my home studio when it's time to focus. In conjunction with NOISE, I can quickly and intuitively jot down these ideas using one amazing device, and then bring it all together in Logic at home. As a keyboard player who's struggled to break into a more modern production landscape, this is a game changer.

      • Written by Matt L from Nashville

      Is this review useful?Beauty AND Brains