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ROLI launch Seaboard Rise 49

49-keywave version of Rise controller announced

Music creation startup ROLI have today revealed the Seaboard Rise 49, a four­ octave version of its award­ winning Seaboard RISE controller, opening up even more musical possibilities for producers and performers. 

Featuring a larger playing surface, the RISE 49 expands the family of Seaboard Rise controllers only four months after the launch of the two­ octave RISE 25. Our full review of the Rise 25 appears in the February edition of SOS, out tomorrow,.

The Rise 49 features the same tactile silicone surface and the so-called ‘Five Dimensions of Touch’ celebrated on the RISE 25, while its four ­octave range makes it a versatile instrument for the stage as well as the studio. 

Offering new capabilities for recording, layering, and editing, the RISE 49 comes bundled with Bitwig 8­Track , the digital audio workstation. Bitwig 8­Track is one of many DAWs compatible with Equator, ROLI’s software synthesizer and sound engine. Bitwig is built for Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE), an emerging category of music hardware and software that includes the Seaboard Rise. All Rise 49 and RISE 25 creators will now receive Bitwig 8­Track for free, helping them make and record multidimensional music right out of the box. 

A Soft Case is also included with every RISE 49. Wireless and portable, the Seaboard Rise is designed for making music on the go. The padded Soft Case lets RISE 49 creators carry their instrument conveniently around their home or studio ‒ or on the road. 

The RISE 49 becomes even more portable when paired with Noise , ROLI’s free app. Using MIDI over Bluetooth, Noise is a mobile sound engine that lets music­makers work wirelessly with just a Rise and a mobile phone. Now available on iPhone and named an App of the Month, Noise will soon be available across iOS and Android devices. 

Significant updates to Equator, the multidimensional software synthesizer included with every Seaboard Rise, will also benefit Rise 49 creators and further expand Equator’s sonic palette. Over 100 new presets have been added, startup times are now faster, and creators can now access velocity­-sensitive multi­samples and tempo sync. 

The Rise 49 retails for $1199 (£949, €1299). It is now available for preorder on and will ship in late February and be available at ROLI’s network of retailers in North America and Europe.

Watch the video at to see what is possible on the RISE 49.

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