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.

Company Growth (employees)
London, GB
Size (employees)
128 (est)
ROLI was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in London, GB

Key People at ROLI

Roland Lamb

Roland Lamb

Founder & CEO
Julian Salaun

Julian Salaun

Visual Brand Manager
Lauren Ianni

Lauren Ianni

Program Manager
Hong-Yeul Eom

Hong-Yeul Eom

Head of Design for Manufacture
Corey Harrower

Corey Harrower

Chief People Officer

ROLI Office Locations

ROLI has offices in London and New York
London, GB (HQ)
2 Glebe Road Dalston

ROLI Data and Metrics

Summary Metrics

ROLI's latest valuation is reported to be £60.3 m.

ROLI Financial Metrics


Market valuation

60.3 m

Cash (31-Oct-2011)

15.8 k
  • Source: Company Filings,
GBPFY, 2011


15.8 k

Accounts Receivable


Current Assets

16.6 k


7.7 k

Accounts Payable

95.6 k

Shares Outstanding


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Traffic Overview of ROLI

ROLI Online and Social Media Presence

ROLI News and Updates

Roli’s modular music making Blocks get Logic and Ableton compatibility

 Roli’s fun little modular musical instrument took a turn for the more serious today, as the UK-based startup announced compatibility with a number of top music production apps. The functionality comes courtesy of a new Dashboard app for Mac and Windows unveiled at the NAMM conference in Anaheim tod…

Roli Blocks modular synthesizer could make anyone a musician

What if you could make decent music without knowing how to play an instrument? And what if you could take your whole production system with you anywhere, without spending an arm and a leg? That’s what the music start-up Roli wants to help you achieve with Blocks, its new modular instrument that cost…

For Roli, the future is modular

 Roli wouldn’t say much before our demo. Just that the company was showing off something new, and that we would probably want to bring a camera. So when we arrived, expecting the latest take on the company’s flexible Seaboard instrument, we weren’t quite sure what the make of the thing. It’s a small…

ROLI acquires software instrument maker FXpansion as it rolls-up music tech

 ROLI, which makes the Seaboard (new type of keyboard musical instrument), has acquired FXpansion, a maker of software instruments, for an undisclosed sum. London-based FXpansion already makes sounds and effects for ROLI’s growing collection of hardware and software products. FXpansion’s virtual ins…

ROLI Company Life and Culture

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