ROLI Seaboard Rise

25-note USB Keyboard Controller and Synthesizer, with Polyphonic Aftertouch/Pitch Bend, 1 Pedal Input, and Equator Software Instrument - Mac
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A New Level of Expression for Keyboardists

Getting your hands on the Roli Seaboard Rise keyboard controller is like experiencing a new instrument for the first time, albeit one that will feel familiar to any keyboardist or pianist. A squishy keybed with 25 "Keywaves" is more sensitive to your touch than any traditional keyboard ever was and offers polyphonic pitch bend and aftertouch. Slide notes like a cellist, add vibrato like a guitarist, and make tonal changes on a per note basis, either with the included Equator software synthesizer or your own favorite software instruments. You'll be able to create more depth and dynamic interest in your performances than ever before with the Roli Seaboard Rise.

Roli Seaboard Rise USB Keyboard at a Glance:
  • Keywave playing surface has unprecedented expressive potential
  • Polyphonic pitch bend and aftertouch enhance any performance
  • Slide notes just as with a ribbon controller
  • Comes with Equator synthesizer designed specifically for Seaboard
Keywave playing surface has unprecedented expressive potential

The smooth playing surface on the Seaboard Rise has 25 molded Keywaves arranged similarly to a typical piano keyboard. When we first got our hands on it at Sweetwater, it only took a moment to adapt to the lack of physical keys. We also noticed the amazing sensitivity: the response is adjustable, and at the most extreme sensitivity settings you barely need to touch a Keywave to play a note. Digging into chords and emphasizing certain notes felt much more satisfying than the aftertouch found on most keyboards. And it quickly becomes second nature to wiggle notes for a vibrato effect. Sit down at the Seaboard Rise and play a piece you know well, and you'll soon discover more expressive potential than you ever had with a traditional keyboard.

Polyphonic pitch bend and aftertouch enhance any performance

With the Roli Seaboard Rise you can strike a chord, then bend the pitch of just a single note. Or add pressure to a single note to add modulation, while other notes remain unaffected. It's this level of expression that allows you to perform with more dynamics and nuance than you ever could with a typical keyboard. For the one-person composer/orchestrator/performer, it can enable you to quickly add expressive lifelike interpretations to your group or solo instrument samples.

Slide notes just as with a ribbon controller

Because the Seaboard Rise's Keywaves all flow together, you can actually slide between notes like you can on a fretless instrument. Just hit one note, slide your finger along the Keywaves, and the note will glide right along. And the flat area in front of the Keywaves acts as a ribbon controller, allowing you to play notes and slide between them.

Comes with Equator synthesizer designed specifically for Seaboard

Along with the Seaboard Rise, you'll receive Roli's Equator software synthesizer, a custom instrument that takes advantage of the Seaboard's advanced expressive capabilities. Browse hundreds of presets directly from the Seaboard using the SoundDial, from realistic pianos and guitars to evocative pads and extreme synth leads. And of course, you can use the Seaboard Rise as a controller for all of your other virtual instruments, too.

Roli Seaboard Rise USB Keyboard Features:
  • 25-note USB controller with 5D touch keybed
  • Keywave playing surface allows you to slide between notes and use unique playing techniques
  • Supports wireless MIDI via Bluetooth
  • Supports polyphonic pitch bend and aftertouch
  • Control pedal input offers even more expressive potential
  • Reassuringly rugged with all-metal construction
  • Comes with Equator software synthesizer (Mac)
Perform with more expression than ever, with the Roli Seaboard Rise!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 25
Type of Keys Keywaves
Aftertouch Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x 1/4''
USB 1 x Type B, 1 x Type A
Hardware Requirements - Mac 2.5GHz Processor or higher; 4GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC 2.5GHz Processor or higher; 4GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.8 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Power Supply Internal rechargeable battery via USB / optional 9-12V 2A DC port
Height 0.9''
Width 19.88''
Depth 8.27''
Weight 6.17 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SEABOARD RISE 25

Customer Reviews

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The rubber feels different than I thought - in a great way. This thing is DENSE. Weighs probably twice as much as my Macbook Pro and feels incredibly durable. Very responsive, and very different (again in a great way) from a 'normal' keyboard. It really does allow for a whole new level of playing and expression. The vibrato and portamento alone make this thing amazing. That said, in my opinion a decent portion of the preset sounds on the Equator software are pretty lame. Especially the guitar sounds... definitely not the RISE's strong suit.

Everything I wanted it to be

Just got mine last week, and I absolutely love it. Incredibly responsive, intuitive, and just a great feel under the hand. I would also like to commend their customer service; I did have one small hardware issue, and their response was the quickest, most thorough, and most satisfactory of any musical hardware company I've ever dealt with.


Let's me hit a note and wiggle my finger, and the note dances. Can't do that with any other keyboard I know of. High-quality, heavy duty build. The software that comes with it works well. Their tech support took about a week to answer my questions, but that's understandable given that they're a small company.I love what I can do with this keyboard. I'm thinking that now I'm going to really be able to play lead electric guitar on my synthesizer.
Music background: Keyboard player.

Roli rocks!

I compose orchestral, progressive rock and this has some pretty cool sounds to play with. This is an awesome controller, very expressive and fun to play. I use it with Reason and there's now an iPhone app that makes it amazingly mobile! Very cool indeed!

A New Level of Expression

This is the keyboard I've been waiting on for years, and at a price point that is affordable. The Seaboard Rise has taken the expression in my recordings and live playing to a new level already. String patches can now be played with manual vibrato and pitch bending. You can emulate breath support with wind instrument VST's. You can play atmospheric pads with total control, and without having to rely on a pitch bender stick or a small ribbon controller. It can all be done with your hands, without removing them from the keyboard bed. That's the beauty of this instrument. Roli has included their Equator software, which is fantastic in its own right. There are great string, wind, pad and guitar sounds that are usable right out of the box. The dashboard app lets you control your MIDI parameters to send to your DAW, and works well for a variety of software titles, including Kontakt and East West Symphonic Gold. But even with a library of VST's, I kept coming back to the Equator software, which is the most expressive way to play this instrument. Finally, customer support from Roli has been amazing. Each email I sent to Roli was responded to within about 12 hours with detailed instructions specific to my situation. I even asked for additional sounds to play with that Roli includes with the 61-key version of the Seaboard, and the files were emailed to me right away. I can't say enough for Roli's support of this instrument. This will not replace the keyboard, but as an expressive instrument in its own right, the keyboard can't replace this either. It has its own vibe, and the potential for the Seaboard Rise is out of this world.
Music background: Worship Pastor, Professional Musician, Recording Studio
See also: Controller Keyboards, ROLI, ROLI MIDI Controllers