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ROLI unveils the ultra-portable Seaboard Block MIDI controller

Release Date

Out Now

Product Type

MIDI controller




Laura  Barnes
ROLI unveils the ultra-portable Seaboard Block MIDI controller

The Seaboard Block as an SRP of £279.95 and will be available in late June.

ROLI has launched the Seaboard Block, a versatile controller aimed at bringing next-gen expressive music technology into the mainstream.

Seaboard Block is the newest model of the Seaboard, a touch-responsive keyboard interface.

ROLI’s first two models, Seaboard GRAND and Seaboard RISE, have won numerous awards and are played by artists including Stevie Wonder, Meghan Trainor, Steve Aoki, Hans Zimmer, and ranges in price from £699.95 to £8499.95.

Priced at £279.95, the new Seaboard Block is a more affordable model, which fits easily in a backpack and connects to ROLI’s free mobile app NOISE.

“A portable Seaboard is literally genius,” said Grimes, a producer and global superstar who uses ROLI BLOCKS in her own production and sound design. “I’m so glad this device entered my life.”

Seaboard Block is also the newest Block in ROLI’s modular BLOCKS system, which launched worldwide in November 2016. Individual Blocks, each of which provide unique functions, can be connected together to build an expandable, customisable instrument.

Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI and inventor of the Seaboard and the BLOCKS family, said: “Music making will only begin to thrive in the digital age when electronic instruments are truly intuitive and can be played as expressively as any acoustic instrument.

“Seaboard Block is the culmination and convergence of our work at ROLI to create new instruments that are deeply emotive and easy to play. It is one of the most simultaneously accessible and expressive digital instruments ever made, and I can't wait to hear what people create with it.”

A wireless MIDI controller, Seaboard Block comes with a suite of music software and a diverse collection of interactive, expressive sounds.

A range of software is available for free on Seaboard Block and Lightpad Block, including:

– NOISE: Mobile music creation app and BLOCKS sound engine including soundpacks
– Equator Player: Desktop sound player based on Equator, ROLI’s flagship sound engine
– BLOCKS Dashboard: Application for integrating and customising Blocks with third-party software
– MaxMSP (three-month free license): Open-ended software environment for music production

The ROLI Seaboard Block and Touch Block will ship late June 2017.

ROLI is distributed in the UK and ROI by Sound Technology.  For more information visit


Tags: sound technology, new gear, MIDI controller, ROLI, Seaboard Block

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