ROLI Seaboard Rise 49 49-Key MIDI Controller Keyboard

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87 out of 100. Incorporating 175+ ratings and reviews.

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$1,200
ROLI Seaboard Rise 49 49-Key MIDI Controller Keyboard

The ROLI Seaboard Rise 49 is not your average MIDI Controller.

Instead of mechanical keys, it employs the company's proprietary "keywave" design: A set of raised portions where keys would be but are more "squishy" than stiff.

Each "keywave" not only controls velocity by how hard you perform but also modulation according to where you perform.

It is even capable of smooth (and note independent!) glissando effects when you run your fingers above the keywave portion for smooth transitions.

Key features:

  • Keys: 49 Keywaves , velocity sensitive with aftertouch and modulation
  • Pads: None
  • Arpeggiator: No.
  • Motorized Controls: No
  • Bundled Software:Equator software synthesizer
  • Power: Rechargeable battery / optional 9-12V 2A DC port
  • Connectivity: 1 x USB Type A, 1 x USB Type B, MIDI via USB/Bluetooth
  • Control Hardware Directly: No
  • Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6 or later + Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista.
  • Dimensions: 32.8" " x 8.3" x 0.9"
  • Weight 12.13 lbs

Pros

The Seaboard Rise 49 opened up a great deal of creativity in a lot of its users. Many consider it like learning a new instrument because effects like vibrato, pitch bends and other effects are in play aside from just playing notes. It is relatively easy to get used to the different feel of the keywaves according to some users.

Cons

The non-standard keys alienated some users, saying that it was hard for them to get used to it. Some third-party virtual instruments need to be painstakingly set up to be compatible with the device.

Overall

If you're looking for a different experience with keys and are looking to explore new dimensions in expression with your keyboard playing, the ROLI Seaboard Rise 49 is the key (no pun intended) to unlocking new creative directions.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.

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