All products in the ROLI family - GRAND, RISE, BLOCKS, and LUMI - 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, all products use MPE – MIDI Polyphonic Expression. This page lists MPE-compatible synthesizers and links to guides on using them with the ROLI instruments. 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

Finally, you can create your own setups using the MPE spec attached at the bottom of this email.


Digital audio workstations (DAWs) compatible with MPE

Software synthesizers compatible with MPE

  • Arturia Augmented STRINGS
  • Arturia Augmented VOICES
  • Arturia MS-20 V
  • Arturia CS-80 V4
  • Arturia Prophet-5 V
  • Arturia Prophet-VS V
  • Arturia Jun-6 V
  • Arturia Jup-8 V
  • Arturia OP-Xa
  • Arturia Vocoder V
  • Arturia Emulator II V
  • Arturia CZ V
  • Arturia SQ80 V
  • Admiral Quality Poly-Ana 
  • Audio Damage Quanta: RISE/GRAND/BLOCKS
  • Audio Modeling SWAM Engine instruments
  • Cycling '74 Max
  • Ableton Drift
  • Equator / Equator Player
  • Erratic Instruments Quad MPE to CV module for VCV Rack
  • FXpansion Cypher2
  • FXpansion Strobe2
  • Imoxplus Respiro
  • JB Audio MPEfy
    • MPEfy allows non-MPE soft synths to become MPE-compatible by manually assigning expression dimensions like Slide to each preset. 
  • KarmaFX Synth Modular 2 
  • KV331 Audio SynthMaster
  • Logic EFM1, ES2, EXS24, Retro Synth, Sculpture, Alchemy, and Vintage Clav
  • Madrona Labs Aalto
  • Madrona Labs Kaivo
  • Madrona Labs Virta
  • Moog Animoog
  • Moog Animoog Z
  • Moog Model 15
  • MSoundFactory
  • Native Instruments Reaktor
  • PPG Infinite Pro
  • PPG Phonem
  • PPG WaveGenerator
  • PPG WaveMapper 2
  • Psychic Modulation Phonec
  • ROLI Studio Player
  • Slate + Ash AURAS: RISE/BLOCKS
  • Softube Modular: RISE/GRAND
  • Spitfire BT Phobos 
  • Stagecraft Addiction and Infinity: RISE/GRAND
  • Steinberg HALion 
  • Surge
  • Symbolic Sound Kyma: RISE/GRAND
  • Synapse Audio The Legend
  • UVI Falcon: RISE/GRAND
  • VAST Dynamics Vaporizer2 
  • Xfer Records Serum: RISE/BLOCKS

Mobile apps compatible with MPE

  • NOISE (Not compatible with LUMI or RISE)
  • Seaboard 5D
  • GeoShred
  • GarageBand iOS
  • AniMoog
  • Audio Damage Quanta
  • Geo Synthesizer
  • iFretless Bass
  • KB-1 Keyboard Suite 
  • Logic Pro for iPad
  • Minimoog Model D
  • Moog Model 15
  • Open Labs Stagelight
  • PPG Infinite, Phonem, WaveGenerator and WaveMapper
  • SampleWiz
  • SpaceCraft Granular Synth
  • SpringSound
  • SynthMaster Player
  • Tardigrain
  • ThumbJam
  • Vantanator Pro
  • VOLT

Hardware synthesizers/ Controllers compatible with MPE

A very thorough list of MPE hardware synthesizers and controllers has been compiled by user FranklyFlawless on the KVR forum which can be viewed here: 

List of MPE hardware synthesizers

List of MPE hardware controllers

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

Other MPE-compatible software

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

  • Le Sound Reshape
  • Unfiltered Audio Instant Delay, Sandman Pro, Dent 2, Indent 2, Fault, Zip, BYOME: Lightpad Block