We started with the Seaboard. A soft, rippling surface of pressure-sensitive silicone, it was the newest thing to happen in the keyboard world since about the year 1700. That was when Bartolomeo Cristofori invented the pianoforte, blowing the minds of harpsichord players by giving them a new way to control sound.
The Seaboard reimagined what a keyboard could do — so much that it surpassed the piano, just as the piano surpassed the harpsichord. The Seaboard launched a family of instruments that let musicians be much more expressive, with more sounds and effects at their fingertips than they ever had before.
Combining digital technologies and a new approach to culturally embedded designs, these instruments look familiar. But they’re light years ahead in their musical powers.
Every year our musical touch technology becomes more accessible. Smaller, more approachable, more affordable tools are bringing us closer to our long-term goal: empowering everyone to make music.
What do these tools look like? Our devices range from handheld drumpads to stage-performance synthesizers, and our software programs include free apps as well as advanced sound design programs. Making new instruments accessible to everyone also means connecting with tools that music makers know and love. Our musical touch technology is more and more compatible — and this gives music makers a way to explore a new way to be expressive, without leaving their presents setups behind.
Pushing the future of musical expression requires a team with unbelievably diverse talents. C++ coders, electrical engineers, industrial designers, scientific researchers, virtuoso musicians are working side by side — and usually eating lunch together — at our offices in East London. From many backgrounds, we all contribute something to products that are changing the way people make music. And much more change is yet to come.