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Capital Sound Helps ROLI Make Waves with The Seaboard

Capital Sound Helps ROLI Make Waves with The Seaboard

UK - The ROLI Seaboard is creating many big - and very new - noises in piano and synthesiser circles, with its re-imagining of the traditional keyboard as a soft, continuous surface. Late May saw the instrument’s official launch at the legendary Abbey Road studios, where Capital Sound helped to show off its potential.

The Seaboard is designed to allow its players to apply dynamics, slurs, portamento, pitch bend, vibrato and other forms of expression with the fingers in a new and natural-feeling way. Or, as its inventor Roland Lamb says, it’s a way of finding the space between the black and white notes on a traditional keyboard.

The launch event saw a trio of Seaboard players - Marco Parisi, Heen-Wah Wai and Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess - accompanied by drummer Raymond Hearne, playing a set in Abbey Road’s Studio 2.

Capital Sound supplied a DiGiCo SD9 mixing console, Martin Audio wedges for the musicians and a K-Array KR200 loudspeaker system for the studio audience, along with mixing engineer Harm Schopman.

Harm recorded the performance on a JoeCo Blackbox Madi recorder directly from the console, with ROLI using the recording for promotional videos of the event.

The launch was a great success, impressing all of those present with the Seaboard’s playing flexibility and expressivity.

"Capital was great to work with! Their equipment is state-of-the-art, as well as being low profile, meaning the system didn’t take up too much space," says ROLI’s Dan Weingartner. "Harm was fast, professional and courteous; he delivered a great mix for the audience and the recording worked out very well. We will definitely use Capital again for future events."

3rd July 2014

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