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.
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.
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.
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.