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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Logic PRO X > ROLI SEABOARD RISE 49


ROLI’s quest for world domination continues with RISE 49. Bigger and better? ponders Andy Jones, as he re-enters the fifth dimension of sound…

Here at MusicTech we love companies like ROLI, although there’s only one company really like ROLI. It came from nowhere a few years ago, armed with a few million dollars in funding and a silicone keyboard that played differently from any other – but also the same, if you wanted it to – and could open up your sounds by exploring new dimensions of performance.

‘Fly by nights’ was the muttering from a few industry ‘pundits’, but ROLI has done its best to prove these neysayers wrong. Since the opening Seaboard GRAND keyboard, it’s gone on to release a more consumer-level (but equally innovative) version, the RISE 25 (which we reviewed in the magazine last December, and which was the worthy recipient of both our MT Choice and Innovation awards).

It’s backed this up with its multidimensional (and a lot better than it looks) Equator software; released an incredible free version of this called NOISE for the iPhone (which utilises the iPhone 6’s 3D touch to great effect); and now, ROLI has released this – a 49-key (or, we should say, keywave) version of RISE. Oh, and also announced further funding of a few more millions of dollars. Fly-by-nights? Not really, it would seem…

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