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Lightpad Block M + Live Block, Windows 10


 Im owner of Lightpad block M and it works well with cable and windows 10. ROLI Dashboard finds it with no problems at all.

Recently I bought Live block and connected it to my Lightpad block M and Dashboard cant recognize the block even the LEDs are lighted up. Is there some solution? I know windows 10 cant use bluetooth but I thought that the information is transmitted through the DNA connectors.

Why I didnt have any concerns while buying the live block was because my friend has also Lightpad block M and when we connected them together, Dashboard via windows 10 recognized both lightpad blocks, the second one connected only with the DNA connectors.

Any idea?

Thank you

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Hi Jan,

It sounds like your Live Block may be on an older version of firmware, which would explain why ROLI Dashboard isn't recognizing it. Currently BLOCKS firmware isn't able to be updated via DNA connectors, although we hope to add this functionality in the near future. 

In the meantime, if possible I recommend updating your Live Block's firmware via an iOS or MacOS device first, and then once its firmware is updated you should be able to use it normally with your system. Please let me know if you have any questions.




 Yeah, like you said. Tried borrowing my friends iOS device, udpated firmware and now dashboard recognizes the live block. Unfortunately I bought the live block to change octaves, scales and arps on my lightpad block M and it seems its not working outside of NOISE app :( Any suggestions? Im using my ROLI products only in PC DAWs. There is no opiton in the ROLI dashboard to map the octave button to set the octaves of the ightpad block M, which is weird. I think all of the PC users that buy the live block want this feature.

When attached to the Lightpad Block, the Live Block should change octaves, scales, and chords of the attached Lightpad. You may want to make sure that in ROLI Dashboard the "Midi CC" mode is not selected for your Live Block and that your Lightpad Block has the Note Grid app loaded. Let me know if this helps or if you have more questions.

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My Lightpad block M is firmware 0.4.2, my Live block is 0.2.5, which should be the newest versions. Roli dashboard is the newest version.

MIDI note CC is off, note grid is on. Also tried restarting to default setting both devices. Still doesnt work. Only thing that works is the sustain button :(

Im on windows 10, blocks connected through USB cable. I can see the LEDs changing while changing octaves and stuff on the live block but nothing happens. The octaves in the LIghtpad block M in the dashboard doesnt change and when I play instrument in bitwig, it plays still the same octave.

Is it possible that my specific piece of Live block is corrupted? (Tried NOISE app on iOS device, works well)

UPDATE: It seems like you need to update firmware for the live block twice!  One to 0.2.5 and second to 0.4.2. The octave, chord and scale buttons are now working. But the arp button is not working and the sustain is on toggle. Is there some way to change only some of the buttons to behave like Midi CC and assign them to other DAW stuff and the sustain to hold?

Currently Control Blocks can either be set to Midi CC mode on or off, although I can see how it'd be useful to select the behavior on a per-button basis. We do have an update planned for the near future which should successfully allow the buttons to hold, toggle, gate, etc. Please let me know if you have any questions in the meantime.

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Hello . I have the same problem but I don't have a friend with iOS Device.   :/

Hi there,

it would be great if the led behaved like in the noise app to show scales and chords.



Mi Marcin,

You can download the block firmware to your Windows PC, than drag the file onto your block on the Dashboard app.  You'll need to check with support where the proper firmware files are - I can't seem to find them in looking around the site....

@Ben, the behavior of the LEDs should correspond with the scale selected; see this article for full details.

@Tom, thanks for weighing in. @Marcin, in case you need the firmware files, please see this guide.

Hello . I can't update Roli Live Block because Dashboard doesn't  even see  it.  When I conect it to lightpad I see red  bar of lights (not green) and only half of buttons lights up. It is possible to get older versions of firmware to lightpad? Maybe this can help

Hi Marcin, it does sound like you'll need to update your Live Block to current firmware using an iOS or MacOS device prior to using it with your Windows computer. Please feel free to get in touch with our support team if you have any more questions.

Hello . I am slowly losing my patience. Finally I updated Live Block to 0.4.2 via Iphone. Now when new updates appears - namely.. 0.4.3 for Lightpad  - there is the same problem. Live block is visible but now is disabled and I can't update it again ( by.syx file also) . I see only  the window with information that I must connect my block directly to usb not via dna. Will it be the same every time? It's frustrating and i must run for friend's iphone again


Hi Marcin,

Thanks for your note, and I can understand your frustration. We're working on firmware updates over DNA for a future release – this will allow you to update Control Blocks on Windows directly. Thanks for your patience in the meantime.


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