ROLI Seaboard Rise 49

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

Getting your hands on the Roli Seaboard Rise 49 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 49 "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 49.

Roli Seaboard Rise 49 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 49 has 49 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 49 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 49 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 49'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 49, 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 49 as a controller for all of your other virtual instruments, too.

Roli Seaboard Rise 49 USB Keyboard Features:
  • 49-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 (PC, Mac)
Perform with more expression than ever, with the Roli Seaboard Rise 49!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 49
Type of Keys Keywaves
Aftertouch Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x 1/4" continuous control pedal
MIDI I/O USB/Bluetooth
USB 1 x USB Type A, 1 x USB Type B
Bluetooth Yes
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Dual Core i5 2.5GHz or higher, 8GB RAM recommended
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Dual Core i5 2.5GHz or higher, 8GB RAM recommended
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.8 or later, iOS
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 32.8"
Depth 8.3"
Weight 12.13 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SBRISE 49

Customer Reviews

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Wonderful instrument!

I've been wanting to buy a Roli keyboard for a longtime. The grand is way out of my price range. I was going to get the 25, but then figured I'd appreciate the 4 octaves and the price isn't that different for the 49.I'm glad I did that -- I think the 2-octave keyboard would be too confining. It's a gorgeous and very well-made instrument. Support is excellent. It comes bundled with an mpe-friendly DAW and two excellent soft synths (Equator is made by Roli and is really superlative, and Strobe2 is a third-party synth that is included too, so your sound palette starting out is pretty complete.) The Roli Seaboard takes a bit of getting used to. Keyboard players will appreciate the familiar layout, but the feel is quite different. (I think of it really as a different instrument based on the keyboard, rather than "a keyboard.") Using the 5-dimensional expression features is very intuitive and you can literally do it the moment you touch the keyboard -- it came surprisingly fast. Obviously more time is needed to develop artistry, but I was happily surprised that you get to satisfying results pretty much immediately, in part thanks to the great sounds that come with it. (Learning to program other synths for it is a big leap from normal "2-dimensional" keyboards -- I look forward to that journey!) I'm very happy I bought this. I have several MIDI instruments for performance -- a wind controller, a Zen Drum, and various control surfaces. The Roli Seaboard Rise 49 is especially exciting because so much expressive control is right there at your fingertips, and I know it will become a central part of my performances now.
Music background: College music professor/composer

Seaboard Roli Rise 49

Perfect. Awesome. Bad*** Cool.


Wow! Seriously one of the most expressive playing experiences for a keyboardist. I had a lot of doubts about this purchase but heard enough good praise to give it a try. I was tired of the mechanical keyboard controllers for controlling organic sounds, not to mention the awful key noise while playing. I had also played a Kieth McMillen K Board with some success but found the sensitivity not consistent. I thought the Seaboard might be a bit better considering it's price point. It was way better! It just feels perfect. The surface is wonderfully tactile, not a pad type feel, but a more squishy responsive feel. Hard to explain, I'll just say it feels high quality and it gives you feedback as you play with lots of give to press more or less or movement to create a vibrato effect or slides. The sensors on it are super accurate and consistent. The whole thing feels like top production quality too in its metal chassis and back lit control buttons. The Equator synth software is super powerful with amazing sounds that respond so well and you now get fXpansion Strobe 2 free which is killer. I was even amazed that playing e pianos and acoustic sounds are great too. There is a few Rhodes patches in the Equater synth and they are super fun to play. I own a real '79 Mark I Rhodes and the synth version was spot on and even more dynamic with the Roli surface. I also want to give big props to Roli customer service. My activation code wasn't working and I gave them a call which was answered by a human being within a couple minutes and they had me up and running within maybe 5 minutes at most. I think the only tricky thing about this is the learning curve for the playing surface. Just the black keys are marked so it takes some muscle memory to learn where every note is. The surface is black so in low lighting it is hard to make out the different raised keys and the spacing is a little wider I think vs a regular piano. But it lends to the magic of the instrument because you take advantage of the bending and sliding capabilities which makes it sound more organic. I only wish they made an affordable 88 key version but honestly I am totally content with just 49 keys. I replaced an 88 key controller btw. Can't wait to setup some orchestral sample libraries in Kontakt to utilize the expressions. Seriously, this one is a winner, don't let the price freak you out. It's worth it.

Just all around great

This thing is great! It's different than a keyboard and it's really up to you if you would completely replace your keyboard with one but one thing is for sure is that once you play it you will see it's a must for any studio. The software is good but the customer support is possibly the best. I'm very happy I purchased this product.

Roli Seaboard Rise 49

First, let me say I am not a keyboardist. Guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, yeah, piano - um, no. I do know where the notes are though and I know the chords. I'm using it as a midi controller and it's been a wonderful experience so far. No issues with the construction quality at all. As a matter of fact this board is very solidly built and heavy. It makes your typical midi controller feel like a kids toy in your hand. The playing surface (keywaves) feel different and yes, it took me a bit of time to get the hang of but once I got the "learned behavior" I developed playing Maudio/NI controllers changed to the "Roli" way of playing.. The software was completely plug n play when loaded. No issues. I typically use Omnisphere and NI Komplete VI, both of which have Seaboard enabled patches that respond to the 5 dimensions of touch that the Roli offers and it's brought new life to my music. The soft synth, Ecuator, is fine though it doesn't have that many patches when compared to other VI's.. All said I'm very happy with this board. No buyers remorse what so ever here. Yes, it's expensive. You get what you pay for applies here.
Music background: Engineer, musician, producer for 40+ years
See also: ROLI, ROLI Synthesizers