We’ve written before about Roli, the UK startup whose innovative Seaboard instruments are backed by investment from Universal Music Group.

Now Roli is putting that funding to acquisitive use, buying social music-collaboration startup Blend for an undisclosed amount.

The US firm’s service helps musicians share their work with others for collaboration and remixing, and launched in 2013 – with users including Moby and Erasure among other artists.

“The mix of Roli’s hardware, leading audio software platform Juce (acquired by Roli last fall) and Blend, will offer a music creation ecosystem focused on developing the best, connected tools while continuing to embrace existing music communities,” wrote Blend founder Alex Kolundzija in a blog post.

Blend’s office will also serve as Roli’s entry point to the US, where it has just started selling its Seaboard Rise instrument.

“We’re tremendously excited to see Blend join Roli and can’t wait to work together to build a fundamentally more connected music creation ecosystem,” said Roli boss Roland Lamb.

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