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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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

They should have sent a Poet...

So I have used quite a few midi keyboards. I have an M-audio Axiom air 61 currently. The Axiom is like most midi controllers, but still unable to do what the ROLI Seaboard Rise can do. When I saw the ROLI, I knew it was different type of virtual instrument expression. However, my first impressions just looking on the webpage... was that it was cheap and not worth the price tag. I pondered that they had cornered the market on a unique product/patents so they were going to gouge us. I have to tell you that is not the case at all. I was shocked how heavy the delivery box was. I wondered if they packed bricks in with it. I started to unveil it from the box. Yes, "Unveil" cause it seems better than Apple product packaging. Nice enveloped card thanking me for buying their product. The sleek/elegant packaging. No reasons came up to wonder "why did they box it that way?". It was a perfectly wrapped present. Then, when I saw the device I was blown away. It was cold to the touch. Unbelievable... this was metal and not plastic. I was wrong. This very is high build quality. I went to pick it up and I couldn't at first. It was that solid. I had to really try to move this thing. No bending/flexing of the product. The striking key material isn't weird to the touch. Yet, weird to describe. Maybe like touching fingertips of your first girlfriend in HS. Firm and soft and the same time. Still easy to glide across. Definitely a type of rubber, but somewhat unique. The software was a breeze although you do have to download a couple things that are about 3gig in total size. I thought I would regret getting the 49 key especially since it is particularly heavy for it's size. But using it with Native Instruments Kontact 5 seems like 49key is a essential. If you don't use midi mapped apps like native instruments 25key is great. I can't wait for native instruments to catch up a lil bit cause the midi notes can only use 12 levels of touch at this point. But Equator can do 48 or more it seems. It did take some setup to get it to work with midi apps. I still don't think Equator works in Pro Tools 12. I heard it is an AAX64 bit issue. Maybe if you were using 32 it might work, but google searches don't seem to have yielded any results. I'll ask ROLI support. However I'm pretty much set with my Komplete collection.The mod functions seem to work great in Equator, but somewhat ineffective so far in other apps, but I'm sure native support will come and manual assignments can be made, but I find that gross. So I haven't bothered much with it. As virtual instruments go, I didn't think drums would be good to. I was very wrong. May be the best tool for virtual drums. Especially Rap/R&B/EDM. Extremely fast triggering compared to many products. Even devices made for such things like Native Instruments Maschine. There seems to be a built-in battery, but haven't got to use it yet. It shows a status when in ROLI Dashboard. I'm sure it would last a long time and certain it adds to the heft of the device. I haven't used the Bluetooth as it isn't supported on my pre 2013 Mac Pro built-in adapter. Nothing, I'm sure, a cheap bluetooth adapter couldn't fix. It worked off a USB hub on my monitor which sometimes can be a problem on other devices. The ROLI apps worked immediately. I will tell you if took some troubleshooting to make Kontact to work, but not exactly sure how I pulled that off. Sorry for my ignorance. I did a lil research before hand to see what kind of support there was for DAWS. I was pleasantly surpised they had videos on many products and a lot of FAQs on how to connect it to most popular software suites. Mine came with a nice soft carrying case. Thank god, cause the Roli Seaboard rise is a tank. I'm more worried about it falling and hurting other things in it's wake more than I am it breaking. This thing on my desk on a solid glass surface is basically unmovable without picking it up. Don't try to push it around. It's not going anywhere.I know I've been singing praises, but this is a new product so do your research and cross your toes and hope this will all workout for your setup and situation. I only had a few cons and realize this is a tldnr, but there is no info about this thing on here so I thought I would try to tackle all I could.
Music background: Guitarist, Drummer, and lame Studio Engineer
See also: ROLI, ROLI Synthesizers