British startup Roli has released a new version of its synthesizer with rubber coating: it has become a little smaller and much more affordable. Seaboard Rise was created as the most portable version of the tool Seaboard Grand, released a few years ago. Novelty has only 25 keys – Roli calls them “keywaves” because they really look like the waves on a black surface; while the smallest iteration of its “big brother” has 37 keys.
Thanks to the reduced size, the synthesizer will cost you only 800 dollars, which is much cheaper than the most affordable version of the Grand (1999 dollars), especially if you are not a professional.
By the way, these “keywaves” on Seaboard are not just the usual keys, covered with rubber coating. You can physically bend them, press and “pinch” to play different sounds. To understand how they work, see this old demo video with the creator of the device Roland Lamb:
Like this? The novelty is now available for pre-order on the site of startup, delivery of the Seabord Rise will begin on October 9.