ROLI Seaboard Block

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ROLI Seaboard Block

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Seaboard Block

Super Powered Keyboard

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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: Apple’s One-Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple-branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer’s warranty provided by the product manufacturer — please see your product box and literature for details. Benefits under the manufacturer’s warranty are in addition to rights provided by consumer law.

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

      Excellent product

      Awesome keyboard! Hands down one of the best keyboards I have ever used. Integrates perfectly with the NOISE app on my iPhone and works well with Logic Pro X an Awesome keyboard! Hands down one of the best keyboards I have ever used. Integrates perfectly with the NOISE app on my iPhone and works well with Logic Pro X and Ableton. In my opinion this is the best keyboard for simulating the sounds and "feel" of real instruments - it has 5 ways of shaping the sound so you can add so much expression and simulate pitch bends etc. It's light and is a great size for portability, and even though it has mini keys it is still easy to play like a normal piano. It also has a great feel to it and sturdy build quality. I would definitely recommend this to both beginners and those with more experience, as I think it has great possibilities and potential - especially the fact that its a modular system so you can really easily add more hardware and it all connects together.

      • Written by John M from Bristol

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Excellent product

    • 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

    • 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

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Excellent product

      Awesome keyboard! Hands down one of the best keyboards I have ever used. Integrates perfectly with the NOISE app on my iPhone and works well with Logic Pro X an Awesome keyboard! Hands down one of the best keyboards I have ever used. Integrates perfectly with the NOISE app on my iPhone and works well with Logic Pro X and Ableton. In my opinion this is the best keyboard for simulating the sounds and "feel" of real instruments - it has 5 ways of shaping the sound so you can add so much expression and simulate pitch bends etc. It's light and is a great size for portability, and even though it has mini keys it is still easy to play like a normal piano. It also has a great feel to it and sturdy build quality. I would definitely recommend this to both beginners and those with more experience, as I think it has great possibilities and potential - especially the fact that its a modular system so you can really easily add more hardware and it all connects together.

      • Written by John M from Bristol

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Excellent product