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The Seaboard GRAND Stage from ROLI is a musical instrument that re-imagines the piano keyboard as a soft, continuous surface, expanding and placing the expression possibilities of the instrument at the artist's fingertips. Since the invention of the mechanical piano-style keyboard, performers have been forced to accept the velocity of a key strike as the end of that note's expressive potential.
With this instrument's keywave, a silicone rubber surface that covers sixty-one custom sensors, this interaction is merely the beginning. Intuitive gestures such as presses, bends and slides open new avenues to musical expression. Continuous touch enables the user to sound a note and then modulate volume and timbre through one continuous motion.
Adjusting pitch is as natural 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 allows for easily gliding from one keywave to the next, or for applying a natural vibrato to any note. Additionally, low-friction ribbons run along both the top and the bottom of the playing surface for performing other modulation gestures.
Equator is a software synthesizer included with the Seaboard GRAND Stage that forms a seamlessly integrated software /hardware workflow for producers, performers, and sound designers. A mix of wavetable oscillators, FM (Frequency Modulation), sample playback, multimode filters, and complex signal routing creates a powerful hybrid synthesis engine. Use different single-cycle waves for FM, layer with samples, send into several multi-mode filters with different configurations and outputs.
Silicon rubber keywaves transcend the rigid mechanics of a traditional piano style keyboard
Use intuitive strike, bend, and press gestures to control multiple parameters on each note, completely independently
Tailor each gesture's response to individual playing style using customizable transfer curves
Balanced stereo and headphone outputs for monitoring and direct recording
Integrated software synthesizer
Three wavetable oscillators
Two sample playback modules
Frequency Modulation (FM) for all oscillators
Graphic or traditional dial-based envelopes with various modes like one-shot, loop, note-release or the traditional ADSR mode
Flexible routing and filter types (including comb filters)
Built-in effects including a 5-band parametric equalizer, stereo chorus, stereo delay and stereo reverb
When connected to a Mac, Desktop Equator runs as an Audio Units or VST plug-in from within a DAW or as a standalone app, and is controlled via MIDI over USB
Save presets directly to the Seaboard and play them without a computer
In the Box
ROLI Seaboard GRAND Stage - Performance Instrument and Controller
External Power Supply
Software USB Key
Two (2) Year Limited Warranty
Table of Contents
2 x 1/4" TRS Audio Out (balanced) 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS Headphone Out 3 x 1/4" TRS Continuous Pedal Inputs 1 x USB 2.0 Type A 1 x USB 2.0 Type B 1 x 9-12 VDC Power Input
Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz or faster recommended OS X 10.7+ 4 GB RAM minimum (8 GB RAM recommended)
100~240 VAC, 50/60 Hz for included external power supply