“A legend returns”: ROLI confirms “revamped” Seaboard MPE controller

After a tough 2021 - the company actually went into administration - ROLI is seeking to reboot itself with a relaunched Seaboard keyboard. A first teaser has dropped, with the full reveal set for March.

First launched in 2013, the Seaboard is an MPE controller that replaces standard piano keys with squishy ones. Although it received considerable attention, and was even featured in Hollywood blockbuster La La Land, this was a niche product that came in at a high price point.

Smaller and more affordable versions followed - the Seaboard Rise and Seaboard Block - but it felt like the product never quite got the mainstream take-up that ROLI was hoping for.

The new version is said to have been “reimagined, refined and re-engineered for ultimate musical expression,” so we’ll have to wait and see what that means in practice.

We’ll bring you more news as we get it, and you can also sign up for updates on the ROLI website.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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