|Myself with Jordan Rudess at NAMM|
The Roli Seaboard is a totally new kind of instrument. A keyboard is the basis for the shape however the keys are formed in waves of silicon and are soft to the touch. It has a ribbon control built into the bottom and the top of the keyboard and the sensitivity in the keys for velocity control as well as dynamic movement of the keys to control vibrato and the intuition to bend individual keys into one another. Jordan Rudess really hit home when he said that it takes the movements that keyboardists have already been expressing with no response and giving the player the feedback that they're already hearing in their minds. The Seaboard manifests the phantom expressions keyboardists crave.
Jordan Rudess, Marco Parisi, and Eren Basbug showed off some of the capabilities of the Seaboard including the velocity control as you can hear in the bass sounds (slapping of strings) or in the saxophone (slightly overblown reeds). I have taken a rough video but many more are available on the Roli website where you can see some of the capabilities of this midi controller.
The price point is set between $1999-2999 for the regular edition Roli's with one Special Edition Grand set at $8,888,88 (why that number specifically? I have no clue). A bit pricey for something that could potentially end up as a novelty item in the corner of your studio, yes, but for the right person I think this keyboard could be a main staple in their studio or for live performance.
Have you seen this keyboard around yet? Maybe tested it out yourself? Let me know your initial reaction below in the comments!