There are two main modes that the RISE uses to interpret and send Slide data: Absolute Slide and Relative Slide.
In Absolute Slide mode, Slide (using MIDI CC 74) outputs the absolute position of the finger on the keywave's y dimension. In Absolute Slide mode:
- 0 = the very bottom of the lower ribbon;
- 64 = the exact center of the keywave's y dimension;
- 127 = the very top of the upper ribbon.
You can smoothly change the Slide value between 0 and 127, for example, by striking the keywave on the bottom ribbon and sliding up the keywave to the top ribbon. When the RISE is in MPE mode, it will automatically transmit Slide as Absolute Slide.
- When MPE mode is on the RISE transmits Absolute Slide values.
In Relative Slide mode, the initial Slide value upon Strike will be 64 no matter how high or low on the keywave the Strike occurs – all Slide values are relative to the initial value of 64. Sliding up the keywave will increase the Slide value, and moving down the y dimension of the keywave will lower the value. When MPE mode is off, the RISE will transmit Slide values as Relative Slide.
- When MPE mode is off the RISE transmits Relative Slide values.
By default, Equator and Equator2 convert the Absolute Slide values from the RISE into Relative Slide, so the initial Strike will result in a value of 64 for Slide within the synth.
To change the Slide Mode for an Equator/Equator2 preset:
- Go to Global > Preset Slide Mode
- Select either Relative or Absolute Slide for the current preset
If you'd like to find presets that use Absolute Slide:
- Go to the Preset Browser
- Under "Instruments" click "All" (Equator only)
- Under "Articulation" click "Absolute Slide"
Equator with the Absolute Slide filter turned on
Equator2 with the Absolute Slide filter turned on
Making Slide Values Relative to 0
When Relative Slide is used, Equator interprets these values as 64. This is useful as this value will not have any modulation.
In this patch, when Slide is 64, there will be no modulation, whereas when you move up the keywave there will be positive modulation, and when you move down there will be negative modulation.
However, when using a third-party software synthesiser you might want to use Slide relative to the value of 0, so that there is no modulation applied from your initial position. If this is something you'd like to do, you may use a MIDI modifier, depending on your DAW or software synthesiser. Here's an example of modifying Slide data in Logic Pro X:
- Turn MPE Mode off in ROLI Dashboard (this will make the RISE send Relative Slide)
- Open Logic Pro X
- Create a Software Instrument track
- Click on "Midi FX"
- Choose "Modifier" (this will allow us to convert Relative Slide relative to 64 to Relative Slide relative to 0)
- Choose CC 74 in "Input Event"
- Choose CC 74 in "Re-Assign To"
- Change Scale to 200%
- Change Add to -126
This will ensure that no Slide modulation is applied until you move upward on the keywave.