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Seaboard Block

ROLI’s Seaboard Block brings the company’s two lines of hardware together. But does it provide the perfect mobile music solution, too, asks Andy Jones?

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A few months back, I looked at ROLI’s Blocks, a set of musical devices that act as modular music makers and are designed to open up the world of music making to the masses in a well designed and ingenious way. I’ll talk more of those shortly, as Seaboard Block is designed to integrate with that system, but it also derives from the other ROLI hardware strand, the Seaboard RISE.

RISE, for the uninitiated, is a keyboard like no other. It features Keywaves, which replace standard keyboard keys. You get 12 per octave as on a regular keyboard and you can even play them like a regular keyboard – but you’d be missing out on a few extra dimensions, because what makes RISE stand out is the way you play it. With ‘Five Dimensions Of Touch’ you can Strike, Glide, Slide, Press and Lift keys, adding several new layers to your playing and performing.

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