ROLI is a technology company known for the Seaboard, BLOCKS, and other high-tech musical instruments. Its first instrument, the Seaboard, is based on the piano keyboard. The Seaboard has a continuous surface of pliable silicone rather than the hard, discrete keys of a piano. The instrument introduced ways for musicians to play "in between" the keys of a standard piano. A player can bend the pitch of a note by making vibrato-like sideways movements, deepens a sound by pressing into the surface, and in other ways manipulate sound through touch. The Seaboard's touch technology was adapted for BLOCKS, a consumer-oriented music device. The Company develops both hardware and software. In addition to its musical instruments and devices, it created the NOISE app and the Equator software synthesizer. It also owns the C++ audio coding framework JUCE, the virtual instruments maker FXpansion, and the social music-sharing platform Blend.
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|Index Ventures, Foundry Group, Localglobe, Balderton Capital, FirstMark Capital, Horizons Ventures, Kreos Capital, Universal Music Group, Founders Fund, Chris Ahearn, BGF Ventures|