Click here to see BLOCKS Dashboard’s minimum system requirements and click here to learn how to download BLOCKS Dashboard.

Connect your BLOCKS

Connect your first Block via Bluetooth or USB. Subsequent Blocks can be connected by DNA – simply snap them to the first Block to magnetically connect.


Your BLOCKS must be updated to the latest firmware before it can be used with BLOCKS Dashboard.

Make sure you have updated each of your Blocks individually via the NOISE app or BLOCKS Dashboard, following the instructions here.


Visualiser represents your BLOCKS setup

 

new blocks dashboard visualiser

Apps and Modes determine the Block’s behavior

  1. Select a Block by clicking on it in the BLOCKS Dashboard visualizer.
  2. Click on an app underneath the visualizer to load it onto the selected Block.
  3. Click the “Edit” button to modify the currently loaded app’s settings.

Mode

The Mode section determines how a Block sends MIDI by selecting a MIDI mode and on what channels MIDI should be sent.

MIDI Settings

This section can be used to optimize the Block for mono or multi-timbral or MPE compatible third-party software.

Multi Channel Mode

In Multi Channel Mode, the Block transmits data over multiple channels of MIDI. This setting makes it compatible with non-MPE multi-timbral synths.

MPE

MPE Mode optimizes the Block with any other hardware or software that supports MPE. When MPE mode is selected,  the global channel is always one channel lower than the range set.

Single Channel Mode

In Single Channel Mode the Block transmits all MIDI data on a single MIDI channel only. This makes it compatible with mono-timbral synths. Pitch bend, channel pressure, or Slide (MIDI CC 74) messages will apply to all notes equally.

MIDI Start Channel/MIDI End Channel

“MIDI Start Channel” and “MIDI End Channel” determine the channels that will send MIDI data for the notes you are playing. This range determines the expressive polyphony of your Block.

Lightpad Block with BLOCKS Dashboard

All available apps inside of BLOCKS Dashboard are available in the scrollable list at the bottom of the window. After assigning whichever app you choose to your Block, select “Edit” to the right of the app title to adjust your parameters and settings.

Ableton Live Control

This allows you to play, record and navigate clips in  Ableton Live projects using a Lightpad Block, as well as play melodic instruments and trigger samples loaded to a Drum Rack.

BLOCKSvaders

Play our rendition of the arcade classic, “Space Invaders”!

BreakBLOCKS

Our take on “Brick Breaker”. Let’s see those high scores.

Control Grid

A fully customizable grid of notes or CCs with or without pressure.

  1. The Drum Grid’s MIDI Mode settings and what the note bottom-leftmost grid should send
  2. The size of the Grid (1×1 to 4×4)
  3. The minimum value of Strike
  4. The response and MIDI message sent by the Slide dimension
  5. The Colour of each pad on the grid

Drum Block

This app is designed to turn your Lightpad Block into a drum pad, with a wide variety of LED layouts and MIDI modes to play some percussion.

Fader Block

This app lets you use your Lightpad Block to control 4 banks of 4 MIDI CC faders each. You can change the banks by pressing the Mode button on the Lightpad Block. You can edit:

  1.  What MIDI channel the faders send messages on
  2. What MIDI CC message each fader sends

Mixer Block

This app lets you set your Lightpad Block to have 4 fader and 4 buttons each sending different MIDI CC messages. You can edit:

  1. What MIDI channel the faders and buttons send messages on
  2. The color of faders and buttons
  3. The behavior of faders and buttons: Toggle, Gate or Trigger
  4. What MIDI CC message each fader sends

MusicGen

Create up to 4 note emitters by tapping the Lightpad Block’s surface. Your emitter’s placement and direction determine the chords and rhythms created. To reset, press the Lightpad Block’s Mode button.

Note Grid

This program sets your Lightpad Block on a 5×5 grid of notes with the ability to edit:

  1. Global: Lightpad Block’s Gradient Colour, & MIDI Mode settings
  2. Scale & Key:  The bottom-left note of the Lightpad Block, what octave it begins at and what scale the 5×5 grid displays.
  3. Performance Controls: The maximum Pitch Bend range of the notes, pitch correction and the response and MIDI message sent by the Slide dimension.

RISE Controller

Use this mode to emulate the Seaboard RISE’s Touch Faders and XY Touchpad. You can navigate between the different controllers by using the Mode button.

XYZ Pad

This factory program turns your Lightpad Block into an XYZ Pad sending MIDI CC messages. Click the “Edit” button to change:

  1. The MIDI CC messages sent by the X, Y and Z axes
  2. What MIDI channel the CC messages are sent on
  3. The color of the Lightpad Block