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Roli’s Seaboard Rise 2 is a squishy, rubberized keyboard you slide to play

The $1,399 instrument marks the company's return to professional instruments after refocusing on music education subscription services.

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The Roli Seaboard Rise 2 is Roli’s refined sequel to the original Seaboard and Seaboard Rise.

It’s a soft, rubber-coated keyboard and MIDI controller that offers several unconventional and expressive ways to play, going beyond just striking individual piano keys.

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The launch version of the Seaboard Rise 2 is a four-octave, 49-key keyboard — essentially a larger version of the original Rise.

It looks a lot like the company’s previous with a few notable differences.

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The “Keywave 2” play surface has wider keys and frets

Roli says it should make the Seaboard Rise 2 easier to learn if you’re used to traditional keyboards.

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It comes in a beautiful new “platinum blue” chassis

The new anodized aluminum casing is supposed to offer improved durability. It also includes new USB-C and MIDI ports for easier hookups to other music production hardware.

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Equator2 and Ableton Live Lite are bundled at no additional cost

Roli’s Equator2 is a MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) synth designed to work with the company's products. It normally costs $249 on its own.

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If you’re not familiar with the Seaboard, you might be familiar with Roli’s other product, Lumi, a keyboard focused on teaching piano skills that also moonlights as a music production tool.

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Roli — now officially called Luminary Roli — originally filed for administration (a bit like declaring bankruptcy in the U.S.) in 2021 and reorganized to focus on Lumi and its music education service following poor pandemic sales.

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The company tells The Verge that Seaboard Rise 2 was in development before it made its pivot, but now it seems Roli views its professional and enthusiast instruments as a complement to the work it’s doing with Lumi.

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This might not be the company’s last weird keyboard after all.

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You can preorder the Roli Seaboard Rise 2 now

It’s available exclusively on Roli’s website for $1,399.

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