British startup Roli secured investment from Universal Music for its Seaboard instruments, but now the company is expanding into mobile music-making.
Later this month, Roli will release an iPhone app called Equator, which will simulate the “keywave” surface of its Seaboard Rise instrument using the 3D Touch feature on the latest iPhones.
CEO Roland Lamb sees the new app as sitting neatly alongside the portable Seaboard Rise device that was announced earlier this year, giving “creators a way to make music on two devices that fit under their arm and in their pocket”. The new app should introduce more people to Roli’s technology, even if they haven’t yet seen (or played) its main instruments.
Meanwhile, Roli has also released a new accessory, the Flip Case for Rise, which is a protective case that turns into a stand for holding smartphones, tablets and sheet music.