Seaboard Rise MIDI Controller Comes With Squishy Keys That Can Respond To Five Different Actions

Remember the Seaboard GRAND, an electronic keyboard that uses flexible keys instead of standard stiff ones, paving the way for entirely new ways to make music on a keyboard? Yeah, it was awesome, but with 88 keys, it was also cumbersome to carry around. We’re guessing that’s why they decided to build a smaller, more portable version called the Seaboard Rise.

A MIDI controller, it plays just like any MIDI keyboard, except with squishy tubes for keys instead of spring-loaded plastic. Because of the squishy tubes, you’re not limited to merely striking the keys, as they also respond to three-dimensional gesture inputs, allowing you to add slides, glides, presses, and lifts to your repertoire. The keys’ sensitivity are configurable, too, so you can make it detect the lightest tap if you don’t want to exert a lot of energy or require harder presses if you’re a heavy-handed kind of guy.

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