From this month, musicians and producers can readily experience the ROLI Seaboard GRAND in UK stores - Sound Technology Ltd has announced exclusive distribution in the UK and Ireland of ROLI, the London-based manufacturer of the revolutionary Seaboard GRAND multi-dimensional synthesizer and controller. A radically new musical instrument, the Seaboard GRAND r-eimagines a piano keyboard as a soft, continuous surface, putting expression in the form of polyphonic pitch control, vibrato and continuous touch at a player's fingertips.
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About the Seaboard GRAND
For centuries, keyboardists have been forced to accept the velocity of their key strikes marking the end of that note's expressive potential. With the Seaboard GRAND, however, this interaction is merely the beginning. Intuitive gestures such as presses, bends and slides open new avenues to musical expression.
Seaboard GRAND Precision Pitch Control
Adjusting pitch is as natural on the Seaboard GRAND as it is on a stringed instrument. Slide a finger to the left to lower the pitch of a note; slide it to the right to raise it. The smooth feel of the playing surface lets you easily glide from one keywave to the next, or apply a natural vibrato to any note. Continuous touch enables you to sound a note and then take it on a musical journey; modulating volume and timbre through one continuous motion. Unique, low-friction ribbons run along both the top and the bottom of the Seaboard GRAND's playing surface. They make it easy to start playing one keywave, then slide to any other keywave you choose in one fluid gesture, even allowing multiple notes to glissando independently at the same time.
Equator is a powerful software synthesizer that unlocks the full potential of the Seaboard GRAND's expressive capabilities. Together, they form a seamlessly integrated software and hardware experience that will spark creativity for producers, performers, and sound designers alike. Equator ships with a fantastic library of presets, from accurate simulations of acoustic instruments, to synthesized layered effects. Equator runs as a standalone app or as a plug-in, and every Seaboard GRAND ships ready to run Equator on-board, enabling presets to be saved directly to the Seaboard and performed without a computer.
David Marshall, Managing Director, Sound Technology Ltd commented, "Sound Technology are delighted to have been chosen to partner with such an innovative company as ROLI to distribute the unique Seaboard Grand. We are now working with leading retailers in the UK and Ireland to ensure this incredibly tactile and inspirational instrument can be demonstrated to musicians across all forms of music."
Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI Ltd also stated "I'm tremendously excited to be working with Sound Technology as our first major distributor. And I'm thrilled that Seaboard GRANDs will now be available across the UK, right here where they are all lovingly made."
Pricing and Availability:
The ROLI Seaboard GRAND will be available to try and buy in a select UK ROLI dealership from 20th July 2015 priced at £2399 inc VAT.