Seaboard Block

  • Jordan Cole, iReviews
  • August 02,2022
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Roli – the British digital music startup – has developed a modular keyboard surface designed to connect with a full suite of compatible music programs. Whether you’re looking to create your next digital masterpiece in a local café or bring the Seaboard’s portable setup up on stage; the affordable keyboard is an action-packed player equipped with NOISE, Equator Player, BLOCKS Dashboard, and a MaxMSP software program.

Compatibility

Seaboard separates itself from the pack with its extensive compatibility with other production programs and its never-ending library of built-in songs. Capable of connecting to other blocks, the super powered keyboard is a budget-friendly way of expanding your music production for under $300.

 

Armed with over 200+ free sounds, two-octave playing surfaces, and Icon SoundSpeaker system, the Seaboard Block is a powerful editor poised to democratize digital music. Whether you’re looking for new-age solos, cinematic soundscapes, or simple starter beats, the easy-to-use Seaboard begins to start with a touch. Users are able to mesh their music creations with Five Dimensions of Touch (5D Touch) on a uniquely responsive surface. The creative process is only limited by one’s imagination.

Innovative Design

Both wireless and portable, users can take an extensive library of sounds with them that range from string orchestra pieces to R&B riffs. Save your latest creation through Seaboard’s intuitive software program and access your latest ensemble by connecting through your smartphone or desktop. If you need a little musical inspiration, the Seaboard Block allows users to purchase sound packs from recording artists like Steve Aoki, RZA, and WondaGurl.

 

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced music production editor, this keyboard has something for everyone. From electric pianos, basslines, kalimba riffs, or harp bridges, ROLI designed a user interface that’s virtually limitless. According to ROLI, Every Seaboard Block comes with four high-powered music production programs and a NOISE app that includes an ever-changing library of sounds.

 

Here is a list of some of Seaboard’s innovative software features:

  • Noise – a free app that includes hundreds of sounds. It pairs wirelessly with Seaboard Block, so you can play anywhere you have a connected device.
  • Equator Player – browse 100+ free sounds on a desktop sound player based on Equator, ROLI’s flagship soft synth and sound engine.
  • BLOCKS Dashboard – control music software programs outside the NOISE and Equator environment. Seaboard Block becomes a versatile controller for Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, and other plug-ins and programs.
  • Max MSP – an open-ended environment for plug-in development. Three-month free trial with Seaboard Block.

Compatible with Ableton, Live, FXpansion, Strobe2, Native Instruments, Kontakt, Massive, Bitwig, Studio, Apple, Logic Pro, Garageband, SampleModeling, SWAM, Cycling ’74, the Seaboard Block is only a starting point for one’s creativity.

Expandibility

Connect two Seaboard Blocks together through ROLI’s magnetic BLOCKS DNA connectors. Or connect Seaboard Block to Lightpad Blocks, Live Blocks, Loop Blocks, or Touch Blocks — the other musical building blocks in the modular BLOCKS system. Seaboard Block is one piece of an instrument that grows with you.

Advanced Technology

Hailed as “the future of the keyboard.” Seaboard Block features ROLI’s signature SEA interface technology, which integrates sensors and a silicone surface, making every moment of touch musical.

PROS
  • 5D Touch Technology
  • 24 keywave, two octave playing surface
  • 200+ free sounds
  • Software bundle: NOISE, Equator Player, BLOCKS Dashboard, MaxMSP
  • Wireless and portable
  • Connects to other Blocks
CONS
Jordan Cole, iReviews

By Jordan Cole, iReviews

Jordan Cole is a USC Masters student from upstate New York. The Syracuse University Alumni has worked with publishing firms, marketing departments, and communications specialists across the country.