For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with ROLI to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Seaboard Block, a portable keyboard for creating music using touch and shape.

ROLI, for those unfamiliar with the brand, makes a fun series of "Blocks" that are used for creating music and are suitable for both beginners and professionals.


Designed to replace a traditional keyboard, the Seaboard Block has a soft, pressure sensitive surface so you can make music in a unique, tactile way using taps, swipes, and other gestures.

ROLI says its Seaboard Block supports five dimensions of touch (strike, glide, slide, press, and lift) and offers a 24 keywave, two octave playing surface. It is wireless and small enough to be portable, so you can take it anywhere you go and make music wherever you are.

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The Seaboard Block, priced at $299, can be used on its own, or it can be paired with the other ROLI Blocks like the Lightpad Block M, the Live Block, and the Loop Block. ROLI sells a Songmaker Kit that includes the Seaboard Block, the Lightpad M, and the Loop Block, all of which pair well together.

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ROLI includes a suite of music making software for desktop and mobile devices with all of its products, and the Seaboard Block includes more than 200 free sounds for you to work with, along with options to purchase soundpacks from artists like Steve Aoki and RZA. With the Noise app for iOS, for example, you can start playing and experimenting with sound as soon as you download it and connect the Seaboard Block.

The Seaboard Block is designed for musicians of all skill levels, and for beginners, ROLI this week announced a new "Start Making It" initiative to inspire music creators in 2018. As part of this effort, ROLI is sharing advice from seasoned music makers along with tutorials, guides, and more through the ROLI Learning Hub.

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Through April 12, ROLI is also including a free one-month subscription to Melodics with all Seaboard Block purchases, with Melodics offering a range of keyboard and finger drumming lessons.

We've teamed up with ROLI to give one MacRumors reader a free Seaboard Block. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach winners and send prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

The contest will run from today (February 23) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on March 2. The winner will be chosen randomly on March 2 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen.

Top Rated Comments

subjonas Avatar
79 months ago
Played with this at CES, it’s an absolute piece of junk. Even RZA couldn’t do anything more than just triggering samples during the ROLI performance. If you want to belt out chords, you’re better off getting a midi keyboard with a nice semi weighted action or even non weighted would be better than this.
I’m curious, please expound on why it’s junk and why a midi is better.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
79 months ago
MacRumors, go ahead and ship the Seaboard to me. I know I am going to win. No need to give these others false hope. :)
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Populus Avatar
79 months ago
OMFG I want this!!!

I know, I know, we, readers from Europe, are not eligible for this giveaways, but please please make an exception, I will pay all the shipping costs if I win one, I swear!

That machine is ******* amazing
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wesk702 Avatar
79 months ago
OMFG I want this!!!

I know, I know, we, readers from Europe, are not eligible for this giveaways, but please please make an exception, I will pay all the shipping costs if I win one, I swear!

That machine is ******* amazing
Played with this at CES, it’s an absolute piece of junk. Even RZA couldn’t do anything more than just triggering samples during the ROLI performance. If you want to belt out chords, you’re better off getting a midi keyboard with a nice semi weighted action or even non weighted would be better than this.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DeepIn2U Avatar
79 months ago
Yeah! When did they start allowing Canadians to enter?
I noticed the last 3 contests, 2 of which Canadians could enter. So it’s not for all contests.

Really?
Because Quebec has certain laws for contests and winnings. Even LottoMax or 6/49 (Canadian lotteries), it’s different. Taxes are specific for federal as well. You should know this if you live there. Great province though lots of pretty women ;)
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TomaxXamot Avatar
79 months ago

Seroiusly awesome Canadians are allowed to enter.
Yeah! When did they start allowing Canadians to enter?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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