In this article, we’ll walk through setting up the Lightpad Block and Seaboard Block to control your virtual instruments in Logic Pro X. BLOCKS Dashboard allows you to easily set up Blocks to work with different applications.


Step 1: BLOCKS Dashboard Settings

First, launch BLOCKS Dashboard and connect your Lightpad or Seaboard Block. By scrolling through the “Programs” list and selecting a program, you can fully customize how your Block behaves, and you can also modify a Lightpad Block’s LED display.

Lightpad Block

If you’re using a Lightpad Block, select “Lightpad Block Factory Program.” Make sure the following “MIDI Settings” are selected:

  • MIDI Start Channel: 2
  • MIDI End Channel: 16
  • Use MPE: On
  • Pitch Bend Range: 48

If you’d like you may use the “Pitch,” “Play mode,” and “5D Touch” options to control the number of pads your Lightpad Block displays, what key and scale it’s in, and the responsiveness of the five dimensions of touch.

To use a 5×5 grid of notes, for example, go to “Play mode,” and set “Mode” to 5. (You can also scroll through modes via the Lightpad Block’s Mode button, and you can adjust the dimensions of touch with an attached Touch Block.)

Seaboard Block

If you’re using a Seaboard Block, select “Seaboard Block Factory Program.” Make sure the following “MIDI Settings” are selected:

  • MIDI Start Channel: 2
  • MIDI End Channel: 16
  • Use MPE: On
  • Pitch Bend Range: 48

If you’d like you may use the “Pitch,” “Play mode,” and “5D Touch” options to transpose or change the Seaboard Block’s range and control the responsiveness of the five dimensions of touch. (You can also adjust the dimensions of touch with an attached Touch Block.)

For more information about loading programs and the capabilities of BLOCKS Dashboard, check out our article, “Using BLOCKS Dashboard beta.”

Step 2: Create an Instrument Track

Open your Logic project. Go to:

Track ➝  New Software Instrument Track

Select a Logic Pro instrument capable of using MIDI mono mode.

Which instruments have MIDI Mono Mode?

EFM1, ES2, EXS24, Retro Synth, Sculpture, Alchemy, and Vintage Clav.

Step 3: Logic instrument settings

  1. Open the Logic built-in instrument plugin from your instrument track.
  2. Go to the instrument’s bottom menu and select MIDI Mono Mode.
  3. Check that the pitch bend range equals what you have set in BLOCKS Dashboard.

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Step 4: Record

Now that you have created your instrument track and loaded an instrument using MIDI Mono mode, just record and playback as normal.

Step 5: Editing

The Lightpad and Seaboard Blocks transmit each new note on a unique channel so that channel-wide messages like pitch bend can be applied on a polyphonic basis.

Strike (velocity) and Lift (release velocity) are recorded as single values per note and can be edited at the note in Logic’s piano roll. The other dimensions of touch are continuous controllers and are edited in Logic’s MIDI-Draw.

Below is an example of how to edit the Glide dimension (recorded as pitch bend), which you will use to perform vibratos on the playing surface.

  1. Record some MIDI to the instrument track. In this example we have a single note which Glides up, down, and then performs a vibrato.
  2. Double-click the region you want to edit to open the Piano Roll.
  3. Click the MIDI-Draw button.Logic X MIDI Draw button highlighted
  4. In the MIDI-Draw track which just opened, click on the drop-down menu under Controller. A list of options will appear, including a section in bold. These are controllers which have been used on this particular track.
    Logic X select controller in MIDI draw
  5. Select Pitch Bend.
  6. Now you will see the Pitch Bend data for that note.
  7. Edit as normal.