ROLI Seaboard RISE 49 Expressive MIDI Controller
The ROLI Seaboard RISE 49 is a 49 keywave version of their revolutionary MIDI controller series.
- Features a unique soft, tactile silicon keywave playing surface, for ultimate sensitivity and expression
- 49 keywaves
- MIDI over Bluetooth built in
- Includes Equator and FXpansion Strobe2 software
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The Seaboard RISE 49 is a revolutionary MIDI controller. It remodels the keyboard as a soft, continuous surface that responds to touch. Playing on its unique 'keywaves', music-makers shape sound through intuitive movements such as striking the keywaves, pressing into them, gliding from left to right along them, or sliding up and down them. A whole new level of expression becomes possible through the RISE 49's 'Five Dimensions of Touch'. The instrument combines the deep expressiveness of an acoustic instrument with the versatility of an electronic instrument.
The RISE 49 sets a new standard not only for expressiveness but also for portability. Using MIDI over Bluetooth, it can be played wirelessly. Its super-thin design makes it easy to carry, as does the custom-made Soft Case that comes with every RISE 49. Its anodised aluminium chassis is designed to withstand the rigours of travel between home, studio, and gig.
Cord-free, the RISE 49 can control Equator, ROLI's software synthesizer, on laptop or desktop. It can also work with only an iPhone through NOISE, ROLI's mobile sound engine that is available for free download on the App Store.
The RISE 49 is part of ROLI's Seaboard RISE product family. It features a four-octave playing surface in contrast to the two-octave RISE 25. The size of the RISE 49 makes it a full performance controller that is ideal both for stage and studio use. It combines the playability of a performance instrument with the portability of a MIDI controller.
As well as ROLI's Equator software, the Rise now comes with FXpansion's STROBE2 free of charge. With a sophisticated analogue modelling engine, a superb effects section, an easy-to-use preset library browser and compatibility with Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) instruments, STROBE2 is a must-have for music producers. It recently became an even more powerful tool for expression after adding over 200 new preset sounds designed for 5D Touch on the Seaboard.
All ROLI Seaboard instruments now come bundled with Traktion's Waveform. This hardware-software combination will allow more musicians to easily create and edit projects with the full expressivity of MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE).
Waveform offers a plug-and-play experience for ROLI's Seaboard and BLOCKS instruments. Setting it apart from other DAWs, it seamlessly receives complex MPE data and has a user interface that helps musicians visualise and edit all of the expression parameters of MPE on multiple tracks all at once. Released in May 2017, Waveform ($99) builds on the legacy of previous Tracktion DAWs in providing production tools that are approachable to untrained musicians but also valuable to the workflows of professionals.
Five Dimensions of Touch
The Seaboard RISE 49 lets music-makers control sound through Five Dimensions of Touch. This marks a progression from the piano keyboard where only one dimension of touch - Strike - controls sound.
Strike: The velocity and force with which a finger makes contact with a keywave.
Glide: Horizontal movements from side to side on a keywave or along the keywave surface.
Slide: Vertical movements up and down a keywave.
Press: The continuous pressure applied to the keywave after the initial strike.
Lift: The release velocity or speed of liftoff from a keywave.
The Seaboard RISE 49 transmits MIDI over Bluetooth to devices that support it. Mac devices running OS X 10.10 with a Bluetooth LE chip currently support MIDI over Bluetooth. The RISE 49 pairs with the mobile sound engine NOISE, available as a free App Store download for iPhones and iPads running iOS 9+.
The Seaboard RISE 49 transmits MIDI over USB and Bluetooth to software across OS X and Windows platforms. Like other MIDI controllers, it connects to a range of digital audio workstations (DAWs). Unlike other controllers, the RISE 49 is a Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) product that uses multiple channels of MIDI simultaneously. To ensure that the connection between ROLI software and third-party software is optimised for MPE, ROLI provides templates for working with all major DAWs.
Power and Battery Life
A USB cable powers the Seaboard RISE 49 and automatically charges its internal battery. The battery supports up to 12 hours of wireless play using MIDI over Bluetooth.
ROLI Rise 49 Specifications
Dimensions (W x D x H): 834 x 210 x 25 mm / 32.8 x 8.3 x 0.9 inches
Weight: 4.2 Kg / 9.2 lbs.
Continuous pedal input (1/4 inch jack)
USB 2.0-B port (MIDI out and power)
USB A port (for charging peripherals)
9–12V 2A DC port
Internal rechargeable battery for up to 12 hours of wireless play
Full MIDI compatibility over USB and Bluetooth
Bespoke Soft Case
OS X 10.8+ / Windows 7+ / iOS 9+
Intel Core i5 2.5GHz or faster recommended
4 GB RAM minimum / 8 GB RAM recommended
2 GB available disk space for Equator installation
What Comes In The Box
Seaboard RISE 49
Quick Start Guide
Product registration card (for downloads of Equator, Dashboard and Bitwig 8-track)
User Manual Warranty information