ROLI Seaboard instrument unveiled

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    Read more about <a href="">ROLI Seaboard instrument unveiled</a> at <hr><p class="MsoNormal"><strong> The Seaboard is a newly unveiled instrument from London-based design start-up ROLI, which the developer describes as 'reimagining' the piano.</strong></p><p class="MsoNormal">Although it's clearly based around a classic keyboard layout, the Seaboard is actually a fairly unique proposition. Its surface is made of a layer of soft silicon laid across multiple sensors that allow for completely polyphonic pitchbending, aftertouch and vibrato-style expression. </p><p class="MsoNormal">We recently got to test out a prototype, which we found to be a peculiar, although undoubtedly interesting experience. Although the layout of the instrument is a familiar design, it feels very unusual to play (office consensus was that the silicon keyboard felt like a large pack of uncooked Frankfurter sausages) and would require a decent amount of practice to get the best out of the device.</p><p class="MsoNormal">The benefits of the highly sensitive interface were obvious, however; we tried playing the device controlling Logic's built-in guitar and bass sounds and the responsive expression and pitchbend capabilities brought the samples to life in a way that simply isn't possible with a standard MIDI controller.</p><p class="MsoNormal">The version of the Seaboard we got our hands on merely worked as a MIDI controller, although we're told the final version will include a full range of built-in sounds. </p><p class="MsoNormal">For now, ROLI is taking pre-orders for a limited run of high-end, hand-built Seaboard GRANDs. We've been told, however, that a more affordable mass-market version should follow. The company tells us that there has been significant interest from a number of well-known players. For one, Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess is set to demo the device at next week's SXSW.</p><p class="MsoNormal">For more info, check out the press release below. </p><h4>ROLI Seaboard GRAND press-release:</h4><p class="MsoNormal">Design­led technology start­up ROLI introduces the Seaboard GRAND, a radically new kind of musical instrument and digital controller that reimagines the most iconic of musical instruments - the piano.</p><p class="MsoNormal">An evolution of the piano keyboard, the Seaboard has a soft three­dimensional surface that enables unprecedented real­time, intuitive control of the fundamental characteristics of sound: pitch, volume, and timbre. </p><p class="MsoNormal">Piano and keyboard players can instantly transfer their skills to the Seaboard and begin exploring its new capacities.</p><p class="MsoNormal">The Seaboard is the first electronic instrument to enable control of a wide variety of parameters through traditional techniques for expressiveness and virtuosity. </p><p class="MsoNormal">As a controller, the Seaboard allows players to manipulate sound like never before. It authentically simulates a plethora of other instruments - guitar note bends, subtle string and horn swells, and much more are expressively created in seconds instead of hours. </p><p class="MsoNormal">Both as an instrument and as a controller the Seaboard creates a world of entirely new sonic possibilities, and provides a new bridge between acoustic and electronic approaches to music.</p><p class="MsoNormal">The Seaboard was invented by RCA Design Products graduate Roland Lamb. In 2011, ROLI - the company he founded - won a place in the Design London incubator, and secured grant funding from the UK Technology Strategy Board. ROLI now employs 16 engineers, designers, and musicians in its warehouse studio/workshop in Dalston. Advisory Board members include the designer and architect Ron Arad.</p><p class="MsoNormal">The Seaboard is powered by the patent­pending SEA Interface, ROLI's disruptive platform sensor technology. SEA Interfaces are highly precise, information­rich, and pressure­sensitive, and can be built in any form factor. They enable seamless transitions between discrete and continuous input, and capture three­dimensional gestures while simultaneously providing the user with tactile feedback. </p><p class="MsoNormal">ROLI is currently developing further applications in music, personal computing, robotics, medical devices, gaming, and vehicular and machine control. </p><p class="MsoNormal">The Seaboard GRAND will be featured in 2013's South by Southwest music conference, where it has been selected to participate in the Music Accelerator, a showcase of the best new start­up companies. </p><p class="MsoNormal">Celebrated keyboard player Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater will be premiering the Seaboard with an exclusive performance to demonstrate its versatility and musicality.</p><p class="MsoNormal">A limited edition of 88 Seaboard GRANDs will be available for pre­order worldwide starting in April 2013. Each Seaboard GRAND will be hand­assembled to order in the ROLI studio in the heart of Dalston, East London, and, in recognition of its provenance, each will be named after a particular note on the piano keyboard, from A0 to C8.</p> Read more about <a href="">ROLI Seaboard instrument unveiled</a> at<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><div class='mf-viral'><table border='0'><tr><td valign='middle'><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" /></a></td><td valign='middle'><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" /></a></td></tr></table></div><br/><br/><a href=""><img src="" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="" border="0"/><img src="" height="1" width="1"/>

    ROLI Seaboard instrument unveiled