ROLI Seaboard GRAND Stage Synthesizer/Controller Keyboard
The ROLI Seaboard GRAND is a radically new musical instrument that reimagines the traditional keyboard.
- Features a unique soft, tactile silicon keywave playing surface, for ultimate sensitivity and expression
- Same muscle memory layout and playability of a piano keyboard but with more expressivity
- Continuous aftertouch and polyphonic per note pitch bend
- Intuitive ribbon controls for impressive glissando and pitch slide effect
- 61 keywave model for studio and live use
- Industry standard IO including stereo outputs, headphone output, 2 USB ports and 3 programmable expression pedal inputs
- Equator sound engine and software offering real time multi-dimensional synthesis
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The Seaboard GRAND features gloriously tactile silicon keywaves that allow you to utilise your muscle memory and keyboard knowledge to play like any other keyboard instrument and also so much more. With the unique key wave material and patented sensor technology you can now achieve not only just aftertouch, but continuous touch, individual note pitch bend and per note vibrato – all at your fingertips!
The Seaboard GRAND stage is ideal for recreating real life instruments. Giving you the ability to add natural sounding nuances to your playing like never before. It is also an ideal instrument for sculpting new synthesised sounds. Use it standalone and enjoy the embedded on board sounds or connect a computer and have the ability to edit those sounds via the included Equator software, or use the GRAND as a controller with ROLI's software, the included FXpansion SynthSquad or your favourite DAW, plug in or soft synth. Ideal for live performers, producers, composers, sound designers and the musically creative!
ROLI Seaboard GRAND Specifications
Dimensions: 937 x 338 x 25.7 mm / 36.9 x 13.3 x 1.0 inches
Weight: 7 kg / 15.4lb
3 continuous pedal inputs (1/4 inch jacks)
2 balanced audio out jacks (1/4 inch)
Stereo headphone out mini-jack (1/8 inch)
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 three 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
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Condition New On demo in store No Keyboard Type Synth Number of keys 61
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This is a strange product to review any maybe not suited for everyone, however it is a must try it instrument, my initial play left me unsure but returning home and watching some of the excellent tutorials I decided to give it another go, I really enjoyed playing it this time and purchased one.
... Read More. This is a strange product to review any maybe not suited for everyone, however it is a must try it instrument, my initial play left me unsure but returning home and watching some of the excellent tutorials I decided to give it another go, I really enjoyed playing it this time and purchased one.
Back at home the first hour was mainly off pitch notes due to finger placement on the keys (the spacing is the same as a standard keybed but to get clean notes you have to hit centre), another area that you may have to adapt in your playing is strength of pressure when striking notes, the Seaboard really benefits from a light touch (it is adjustable), play it as lightly as possible and increase pressure to change sounds (synth players use this (aftertouch) a lot but it is much more powerful on the Seaboard), after 3-4 hours playing the Seaboard starts to show its potential.
Software and Mac connection, it just worked, load software plug in and go, Equator is a powerful application plenty of sounds and more on the way, the other software that comes is OK but don’t update it as you will break it (the software not the Seaboard) easily fixed by re-installing.
Construction is excellent, it feels very solid, packing is excellent and it has a case included that is suitable for transportation.
I have been told that guitar players love it and keyboard players are unsure, I would agree I play both (badly) but as a guitarist we have always bent/pushed/pulled/slid and explored ways of getting more expression out of our instrument, as a keyboard player we have to use a joystick/wheel/ribbon but are limited in that these effects are applied to all notes or we stack keyboards and then run out of hands, the Seaboard (for me) was the instrument I have been looking for for a long time, I considered a Haken some time back but too complicated and expensive, I considered a Linnstrument but I struggle with playing buttons.
Can it be used to control my Synth - yes with a little setup on the synth, I contacted Roli and asked how I set it up to control my Kronos and was emailed a simple set of instructions and an offer to talk me through via phone if required - excellent support.
Any Negatives - The sound dial is not good, not easy to select the correct sounds and when rotating past 12 o’clock the next bank is selected, octave shift not quick to use, not sure how it will stand up to extended use (only time will tell), it seems to attract dust and there is a warning to keep it out of sunlight (probably the same for most instruments), it is an expensive instrument and maybe the new Rise will be the better product, but if you are like me love playing but hate having to stare into a computer screen the standalone Seaboard Grand was the only option.
Final thought - As you have guessed I love this instrument, I look forward to playing it more than I have with most of my instruments, I think its a studio instrument rather than a tool for playing live (the occasional off pitch note could be a bit awkward live).
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