ROLI Studio Player Beta v0.3.1 released - Hardware Integration

We're very excited to finally announce the v0.3.1 update of ROLI Studio Player for MacOS 10.13+ and Windows 10, which introduces hardware integration for the Lightpad Block and Live Block, further control for other ROLI hardware devices and some extra new features. You can find more detailed information below, and a list of features, fixes and known issues at the bottom of the page.


You'll need to ensure you've installed the latest version of ROLI Connect to download and authorise this version of ROLI Studio Player, where you can find the installer in the Apps tab once you've logged in:


If you encounter any issues or have any feedback you'd like to share regarding this build, you can let us know via the Bug Reports sub forum - we'll be updating this as often as possible with a known issues list, to avoid duplication. Take a look at the "How to report a bug" topic for more information.






Lightpad Block Integration

 

One or more connected Lightpad Blocks running the latest firmware (v0.4.4) can now be dedicated to controlling the individual modules within ROLI Studio Player:

  • Macro faders and XY pad
  • Smart Chords module
  • Arpeggiator
  • Audio Effects

Equivalent controls for each module will be displayed on the Lightpad Block surface, allowing you to adjust parameters for each module directly from your Lightpad Block(s). Depending on the module you're controlling, it's also possible to navigate through the various modes of the module with buttons displayed on the Lightpad Block surface.

 

To assign a module (e.g. the Macros) to a specific Lightpad Block, simply click the icon in the top-right corner of the module and select the Block.



Alternatively you can assign a specific Lightpad Block to a module using the assignment button at the top of the ROLI Studio Player window, which will allow you to drag & drop your desired Block to a specific module (such as the Audio Effects).


With ROLI Studio Player as a standalone application, a note grid is assigned to the Lightpad Block by default, which will also assume this behaviour if the current module mapping is removed.



Live Block Integration


Each button on a Live Block connected via DNA can be used to control the following, using the Mode button to change the behaviour:

  • Volume
  • Scale
  • Preset selection
  • Preset favouriting
  • Arpeggiator enabling/disabling
  • Smart Chord enabling/disabling



Seaboard Block and Seaboard RISE


The functionality of any Seaboard device connected to ROLI Studio Player remains unchanged from previous versions of ROLI Studio Player. However, Lightpad and Live Blocks connected via DNA to a Seaboard Block can be used to control ROLI Studio Player as explained above.



DAW Integration


We're working to make the experience as smooth as possible when using ROLI Studio Player as a plugin within your DAW of choice. As part of this, we've introduced functionality that allows different module assignments and configurations to be made between multiple instances of ROLI Studio Player.


For instance, with a setup of two Lightpad Blocks, you can use them to control the Macro and Arpeggiator modules in the first instance of ROLI Studio Player, but also assign them to control the Smart Chords and Audio Effects of the second instance. 


You also have the option to choose between two different behaviours for each connected Light Block. You can choose from either of the following:

  • Set a Lightpad Block to update to whichever instance of ROLI Studio Player is brought into focus
  • Dedicate a specific Lightpad Block to a certain instance of ROLI Studio Player by clicking the lock symbol. Locked Lightpad Blocks can be released from any other instance of ROLI Studio Player in your DAW by clicking the lock symbol again. 


For instance, the right-most Lightpad Block in the image below is 'locked' to the Smart Chords module.




You can find a list of changes from the previous update, v0.1.2, below.


ROLI Studio Player Beta v0.3.1 features:

  • Lightpad Block assignment and control of Macros, Arpeggiator, Smart Chords and Audio FX
  • Live Block control of various parameters and areas of ROLI Studio Player
  • Support for user presets with dedicated browser filtering
  • Configurable behaviour for each connected Lightpad Block to either:
    • Update controls to the instance of ROLI Studio Player in focus
    • Lock to a specific instance of ROLI Studio Player
  • Prompt to switch to single-channel mode when launched in Ableton Live


Improvements and fixes in v0.3.1:

  • Freezing when modulation RISE macro faders/XY pad
  • Master volume defaults to -0.0.1 dB
  • dB is trimmed off at minimum screen size
  • Pitch bend gets "stuck" on standard MIDI controller
  • Two Lightpad Blocks will conflict when both connected via Bluetooth
  • Hardware position doesn't update when Blocks are quickly repositioned
  • Key is not set on Lightpad Block when loading DAW project
  • Lowest/Highest note values are limited to C0/C6 respectively


Known issues in v0.3.1:

  • Unable to launch ROLI Hardware Driver with specific environments
  • Pitch bend messages sent from a standard MIDI controller are unreliable with MPE presets


Coming soon in ROLI Studio Player Beta:

  • Further support for existing and new Equator, Strobe2 and Cypher2 presets
  • Updated GarageBand, Logic and Ableton Live Lightpad scripts


Thank you for your help and support with ROLI Studio Player Beta. If you want to reach out to us to let us know your thoughts, please don't hesitate to do so!


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