Sergiy Barchuk for TIME
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The instrument that brought the piano into the digital age just got its first upgrade in seven years. Roli’s original Seaboard Rise keyboard replaced piano keys with pressure-responsive silicone “Keywaves,” giving musicians the ability to bend and shape notes without knobs, faders, and pedals. The 25-key first iteration enabled the unique sounds of the hit TV show Stranger Things and platinum albums by Drake, Ed Sheeran, and others. The 49-key four-octave Seaboard Rise 2 introduces guitar-inspired silicone “frets” to give users more control. “This change, along with other adjustments to the shape of the Seaboard’s Keywaves, dramatically improves both the approachability and performance” of the instrument, says Roli’s Danny Siger.

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