There's Now a Compact Version of The Roli Piano With Squishy Tube Keys

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Roli's Seaboard brought some genuine innovation to electronic keyboards (not just another Rick Astley remix demo mode) with soft touch-sensitive keys giving musicians new ways to play. And now there’s a compact version called the Rise for those who don’t have room for 88 keys—err, tubes.

There's Now a Compact Version of That Piano With Those Squishy Tube Keys

Why would a keyboardist want to tickle a continuous row of connected squishy keys instead of the more traditional ivories? The Seaboard plays just like a piano does, but those touch-sensitive keys also respond to finger gestures. Sliding a finger up and down each key can increase or decrease its volume, while wiggling a finger back and forth while pressed can let a musician bend or modulate notes. And how those gestures work is completely configurable.

There's Now a Compact Version of That Piano With Those Squishy Tube Keys

The Seaboard comes with a software synthesiser, Equator, that wirelessly interfaces with the keyboard using MIDI over Bluetooth, and its rechargeable with a built-in battery so there’s no cables to deal with whatsoever. Priced at $800 (about £520 before taxes and shipping fees), the Rise is now available for pre-order and is expected to ship sometime in October for musicians who love to jam, but don’t have room to jam another instrument into their tiny studio. [Seaboard]