Roli Block Seaboard

Keyboard

  • Multiple award-winning Seaboard interface with a soft, presuure-sensitive surface
  • 5D-Touch Technology: strike, glide, slide, press, lift
  • 24 Keywave, two octave playing surface
  • Wireless MIDI via Bluetooth LE with a range of up to 15 metres
  • Software bundle: NOISE, Equator Player with over 100 sounds, BLOCKS dashboard
  • Can be connected to and combined with other blocks from the Roli brand
  • USB-C connector (MIDI out and power supply)
  • Full MIDI compatibility via USB and Bluetooth LE
  • BLOCKS DNA connectors
  • Power source: battery-powered with up to 10 hours of playtime
  • System requirement for iOS devices: iPhone 6 or later models, iPad Air or later models, iOS 9 or later
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 282 x 25 x 141 mm
  • Weight: 710 g
  • Incl. cable for USB-A to USB-C

Further Information

Aftertouch Yes
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 0
Fader (Amount) 0
Pads 0
Display No
MIDI interface No
Sustain Pedal Connection No
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Battery Operation Yes
Bus-Powered Yes

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Innovative controller

dharma one, 12.12.2017
I've been testing the Roli Block Seaboard with Logic Pro X and the Roli Noise iOS apps. It's 24 keys, so you won't be playing any big 2 hand chord progressions with it - but apparently you can stack multiple Seaboard Blocks together.

The price is significantly less than other Seaboards, so it's a cheaper way to get a feel for what these unusual controllers do. It's also significantly lighter than the other Seaboards, and fits easily in the backpack. It uses Bluetooth Midi, so connects wirelessly to iOS and MacOS - I've found this to be really liberating in terms of moving around. There is a tiny bit of midi latency, but probably under 10ms.

So what is it good for? Well, the sensors allow you to control synths in a way that you can be more expressive. Specifically, you have aftertouch, can do pitch bend per key, mono and poly slide/portamento, have a different sound depending on where you tap the key on the y axis.

The Equator synth is great and gives an idea of the expression possibilities since it's optimised for Seaboard. The SWARM kontakt instruments are also great, for expressive acoustic instruments. For emulating guitar or strings or wind instruments, it's much more expressive than a regular midi keyboard.

For normal playing, I find it more difficult to play compared to normal piano or keyboard - similar, but takes a bit of getting used to.

Overall a great little tool, wouldn't buy it as my only midi controller but as a complementary controller. I like it a lot and hope there will be more synths that support it.
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Brouk6tem, 24.11.2018
Exactly what I was expecting, it's strange to play it at the beginning but you get quickly used to it. It's very expressive, I'm using it on blues and rock music. The only negative Pont is that equator has few "accoustics" instruments and you have to go somewhere else to get "realistic" sounds, the violin are good, the breath flute also (I mainly used this last one) but if you are looking for trumpet for example it's not really realistic, there are no sax. Anyway it's really good you can forge your proper sound if you're not looking to imitate an existing instrument Equator is quite powerful for that, I face some problems importing SFZ samples, when I've done sample of the originals sounds where not working anymore, deleting the imported samples it was working again. I asked Roli why and they told me that for now Equator is not completely developed to import sample but they will do it in future updates, so lets wait a bit. So I would say that you can go for it no problem, just one important thing if you're planning to play two hand piano then the two octaves of the seaboard block will be shorts (you'll need two of them, or another model if you can afford it, I couldn't but I'm happy with mine), but you can switch from octaves so if you're playing a solo lets say you will not be stuck if you want to got higher or lower you can easily change the octave while playing buy pressing on the top left (for lower octave) and right (for higher octave) corners (strange at the beginning but you get used to it).
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