The Seaboard GRAND, Seaboard RISE, and BLOCKS – including the Seaboard Block and Lightpad Block – send standard MIDI messages and can be used with any software or hardware instrument that responds to these messages.


To take advantage of the five dimensions of touch the GRAND, RISE, and BLOCKS use MPE – MIDI Polyphonic Expression. This page lists MPE-compatible synthesizers and links to guides on using them with the Seaboard RISE, Seaboard GRAND, and BLOCKS. Check back soon for more guides on integrating ROLI instruments with third-party applications, and check out creator video tutorials on third-party hardware and software. Also, feel free to post your setup tips on the ROLI forum. (The full MPE specification is attached below.)


Digital audio workstations (DAWs) compatible with MPE


Software synthesizers compatible with MPE


Mobile apps compatible with MPE


Hardware synthesizers compatible with MPE

  • Audiothingies MicroMonsta
  • Axoloti
  • Black Corporation Deckard's Dream
  • Black Corporation Kijimi
  • EncoreElectronics Expressionist
  • Endorphin.es Shuttle Control
  • Expert Sleepers FH-1
  • Futuresonus Parva: RISE/GRAND
  • MOD Duo
  • Modal Electronics 001 / 002 / 002R
  • Modor NF-1 / NF-1m: RISE/GRAND
  • Polyend Poly
  • Snyderphonics MantaMate


Other MPE-compatible software

  • BOME MIDI Translator Pro
  • zenAud.io ALK


Other DAWs and synthesizers

While not fully MPE-compatible, these DAWs and synthesizer plugins can be used with the Seaboard and BLOCKS by following our setup guides:


Native BLOCKS Compatibility