The No.1 Website for Pro Audio
Roli Equator2
Old 5th November 2020
  #1
Here for the gear
 
Roli Equator2

Roli is teasing two new flagship products to be announced on November 12 and 19th respectively. They're calling it the "Next Big Thing from Roli". Though I'm not sure what the picture of a multi-colored furry thing hints at, I'm hoping for a next-gen MPE controller. Seaboards have been out of stock for quite some time.

https://roli.com/
Old 5th November 2020
  #2
Lives for gear
 
Well, cool. I hope the Next Big Things from ROLI aren't really two good to be true. They say "almost two good to be true", which implies that they might be game-changers. 2gd2btru. Idk. I hope they hit it out of the park. You go, ROLI! Excelsior!
Old 5th November 2020
  #3
Lives for gear
 
pr0gr4m's Avatar
 
🎧 10 years
MPE wind socks for microphones?
Old 5th November 2020
  #4
Lives for gear
 
3rdpath's Avatar
 
🎧 15 years
I got the email this morning...wondering what the new products will be. I'm guessing ( with zero information ) that it'll be one piece of hardware and one piece of software. I'm hoping they'll come out with a badass IOS MPE synth since Noise is passable but really lacks a lot of editing capabilities. MPE with Ableton Live is workable but not really optimal, so an IOS option would bypass that.

Hardware wise I'm predicting an expanded controller with pads and keys...seems in line with using the tech they already have.
Old 6th November 2020
  #5
Lives for gear
 
tjontheroad's Avatar
Fuzzy MPE with AI?
Old 6th November 2020
  #6
Lives for gear
 
MPE MPC 8bit
Old 6th November 2020
  #7
Lives for gear
 
Well if we're guessing based on the image, I'll say it's a goth punk tribble.
Old 6th November 2020
  #8
Lives for gear
 
🎧 10 years
Probably MPE controller gloves.
Old 6th November 2020
  #9
Lives for gear
 
redloheb's Avatar
 
🎧 5 years
They've acquired and killed yet another good software company?
Old 6th November 2020
  #10
Lives for gear
 
namnibor's Avatar
 
🎧 5 years
Was there a muppet show props massacre?
Old 6th November 2020
  #11
Lives for gear
 
🎧 10 years
Roli... yawn. Most overhyped MI brand ever.
Old 6th November 2020
  #12
Gear Addict
 
I remember hearing not that long ago that Roli were on really shaky ground financially. Have they gotten their house in order yet? A couple of their products intrigue me, but I'd hate like hell to be stuck with abandonware because the company went belly-up or had to put things on the chopping block to reallocate funds and stay afloat.
Old 6th November 2020
  #13
M32
Lives for gear
 
M32's Avatar
I'd rather they improved the RISE software package, and finally implemented Bluetooth on windows. I've been waiting for years for this, and they just ignore or even delete the question when i post it on their offical forum.
Old 6th November 2020
  #14
Gear Maniac
 
Can't remember when the last update to Equator and Cypher 2 was. About time we had some improvements.
Old 6th November 2020
  #15
Lives for gear
 
Didn't they sell fxpansion? Seemed to want to go in a different direction, or just really needed the dough, maybe.

I wonder how the Lumi is doing? If the educational market has been good for ROLI, then maybe this is a continuation of that idea. If it's another hw made to generate in-app purchases, albeit with secondary usefulness, then I'll probably have to pass, again. I could still get a Lumi as a MIDI controller to play chords on, but I have no interest in its primary purpose.
Old 6th November 2020 | Show parent
  #16
Lives for gear
 
BobTheDog's Avatar
 
🎧 10 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by redloheb View Post
They've acquired and killed yet another good software company?
You do have to admire them for getting huge amounts of funding though, I'm sure the top guys will do quite well out of it in the end, damage along the way is expected in this "tech" betting.
Old 6th November 2020 | Show parent
  #17
Lives for gear
 
BobTheDog's Avatar
 
🎧 10 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by PuggaMahone View Post
Didn't they sell fxpansion? Seemed to want to go in a different direction, or just really needed the dough, maybe.

I wonder how the Lumi is doing? If the educational market has been good for ROLI, then maybe this is a continuation of that idea. If it's another hw made to generate in-app purchases, albeit with secondary usefulness, then I'll probably have to pass, again. I could still get a Lumi as a MIDI controller to play chords on, but I have no interest in its primary purpose.
Pretty sure Roli still own them.
Old 6th November 2020 | Show parent
  #18
Lives for gear
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BobTheDog View Post
Pretty sure Roli still own them.
Huh. I thought I remembered them being sold off at the same time as JUCE (a separate buyer, though?), but I can't remember who I thought they sold them to! I want to say Akai, which makes 0 sense. Off to check, will edit in a min...

EDIT: it seems to be just BFD that ROLI sold (to InMusic, in April), but they still own fxpansion? I guess that means this is unlikely to be a drum-based product...
Old 6th November 2020
  #19
Lives for gear
 
BobTheDog's Avatar
 
🎧 10 years
Juce is now owned by Pace, I'm not sure fxpansion went anywhere that I have heard of.

Last edited by BobTheDog; 6th November 2020 at 09:52 PM..
Old 6th November 2020
  #20
Gear Guru
 
EvilDragon's Avatar
 
🎧 5 years
JUCE went to PACE, BFD from FXpansion went to InMusic, indeed.
Old 6th November 2020 | Show parent
  #21
Lives for gear
 
redloheb's Avatar
 
🎧 5 years
Their products are too expensive and have no appeal to me, YMMV tho. But...

Quote:
Originally Posted by BobTheDog View Post
You do have to admire them for getting huge amounts of funding though
FFS I don't care.

Quote:
Originally Posted by BobTheDog View Post
I'm sure the top guys will do quite well out of it in the end, damage along the way is expected in this "tech" betting.
Don't care either about this either. <deleted by moderator>

They've killed amazing fxpansion and made people migrate from juce to different solutions. That's what really matters in the end.

Last edited by Reptil; 7th November 2020 at 11:13 PM.. Reason: Politics
Old 6th November 2020 | Show parent
  #22
Lives for gear
 
BobTheDog's Avatar
 
🎧 10 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by redloheb View Post
Their products are too expensive and have no appeal to me, YMMV tho. But...


FFS I don't care.


Don't care either about this either. It's called Trump way of doing business.

They've killed amazing fxpansion and made people migrate from juce to different solutions. That's what really matters in the end.
I don't think you quite got the tone of what I was saying, I was not being positive!
Old 6th November 2020 | Show parent
  #23
Lives for gear
 
redloheb's Avatar
 
🎧 5 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by BobTheDog View Post
I don't think you quite got the tone of what I was saying, I was not being positive!
Things like sarcasm are easy to miss in text, especially on GS -- forum full of people who literally would admire people for getting huge amounts of funding.
This is common problem on internet and to avoid misunderstanding of fine nuances of text people has developed special symbols to mark such nuances
Old 7th November 2020
  #24
Lives for gear
 
🎧 10 years
The founder of Fxpansion now works at Roli. The CEO of Roli used to intern at Fxpansion. They're good friends, it wasn't a hostile take over. I think Roli had good intentions but they over estimated the market for their controllers. They thought they'd be the next Apple or Google. But Pro Audio is a small niche market, you will never do huge mass market numbers selling midi controllers.
Old 7th November 2020
  #25
Lives for gear
 
Based on the numbers I read, I'd call them the most inefficient musical instrument company in the history of the universe.

I'd love it if they could keep improving their MPE stuff.

I wish they'd spent money on an embedded journalist to document these past few years from the inside.

Maybe they spent all that money secretly developing these next 2 products, years in the making, and they'll change they way people make music. Maybe that's what the manic panic tribble means.

Or maybe the colors represent the LED colors in the keys or something, and the "Next Big Thing" first letters being capitalized stands for "No Blue Tooth"? Since I don't have a best guess, all I can offer are my worst ones.
Old 7th November 2020
  #26
Lives for gear
 
Lazerbrains's Avatar
 
They definitely miscalculated on the squishy keyboard, don't see very many examples of it in actual use.
Old 7th November 2020 | Show parent
  #27
Lives for gear
 
🎧 10 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by miscend View Post
The founder of Fxpansion now works at Roli. The CEO of Roli used to intern at Fxpansion. They're good friends, it wasn't a hostile take over. I think Roli had good intentions but they over estimated the market for their controllers. They thought they'd be the next Apple or Google. But Pro Audio is a small niche market, you will never do huge mass market numbers selling midi controllers.
They're bloody idiots, you didn't have to be Nostradamus to see this coming.
Old 11th November 2020 | Show parent
  #28
Lives for gear
 
3rdpath's Avatar
 
🎧 15 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lazerbrains View Post
They definitely miscalculated on the squishy keyboard, don't see very many examples of it in actual use.
You may not see them but they're being used on the biggest selling/streamiing songs and on cutting-edge TV soundtracks. Before the lockdown, pretty much every studio I visited here in LA had a Roli Seaboard being used. I have a 49 and a 25 in my studio and the level of expression they bring to playing a synth is pretty much unrivaled. I don't know anyone who uses a Seaboard as their main controller...it's an auxiliary tool.

So today's Roli IG says " Be the first to hear about the next big thing"
Hear vs See...is it a hint?
Old 11th November 2020
  #29
Lives for gear
 
dirtROBOT's Avatar
 
🎧 5 years
The next big thing better be a solid block of conductive gel I stick my hands and face in
Old 11th November 2020
  #30
Lives for gear
 
tjontheroad's Avatar
I'm hoping it's a MPE full body Neoprene dance outfit. Just imagine the possibilities

(Or maybe not)
πŸ“ Reply

Similar Threads

Thread / Thread Starter Replies / Views Last Post
replies: 126 views: 45071
Avatar for James Lehmann
James Lehmann 7th January 2019
replies: 2141 views: 203209
Avatar for Don Solaris
Don Solaris 23rd August 2012
replies: 218 views: 36006
Avatar for Audiorange
Audiorange 3 days ago
replies: 1 views: 809
Avatar for trackbout
trackbout 13th November 2020
Topic:
Post Reply

Welcome to the Gearslutz Pro Audio Community!

Registration benefits include:
  • The ability to reply to and create new discussions
  • Access to members-only giveaways & competitions
  • Interact with VIP industry experts in our guest Q&As
  • Access to members-only sub forum discussions
  • Access to members-only Chat Room
  • Get INSTANT ACCESS to the world's best private pro audio Classifieds for only USD $20/year
  • Promote your eBay auctions and Reverb.com listings for free
  • Remove this message!
You need an account to post a reply. Create a username and password below and an account will be created and your post entered.


 
 
Slide to join now Processing…
πŸ–¨οΈ Show Printable Version
βœ‰οΈ Email this Page
πŸ” Search thread
πŸŽ™οΈ View mentioned gear
Forum Jump
Forum Jump