Bluetooth Broadcast

Pairing by MIDI-over-Bluetooth allows you to play your ROLI instrument wirelessly, and is different from normal Bluetooth pairing.

Put your ROLI instrument into Bluetooth pairing mode:

Seaboard RISE

  1. Unplug the Seaboard RISE’s USB cable.
  2. Press Power/Mode button at the bottom left to switch the Seaboard RISE on.
  3. The Power/Mode button will flash blue – it is ready for Bluetooth pairing. 
RISE power button bluetooth flash

Alternative method:

  1. Press and release both Preset Switch buttons together to enter Bluetooth pairing.

  2. The Power/Mode button will flash blue – it is ready for Bluetooth pairing.

RISE preset switch buttons

You can stop Bluetooth pairing by pressing the Preset Switch buttons together again.


Lightpad Block

Turn on the Lightpad Block while not connected to a computer by USB.  A blue expanding wave pattern will appear – this means that the Lightpad Block is ready for Bluetooth pairing.

Seaboard Block

Turn on the Seaboard Block while not connected to a computer by USB. It will automatically become ready for Bluetooth pairing.

Live, Loop and Touch Blocks (Control Blocks)

You do not need to connect Control Blocks by Bluetooth if you have a Lightpad or Seaboard Block. Connect them to the Lightpad or Seaboard Block by the magnetic DNA connectors, and connect the Lightpad or Seaboard Block by Bluetooth.

To put the Control Blocks into Bluetooth pairing mode, turn them on and disconnect them from any DNA connections to put it in Bluetooth pairing mode. If it’s already on, ensure that it is not already connected to NOISE by Bluetooth.

What about the Seaboard GRAND?

MIDI-over-Bluetooth was released after the Seaboard GRAND, so the Seaboard GRAND does not support MIDI-over-Bluetooth.

You may connect the Seaboard GRAND to a computer or certain synths via USB.

Pair your ROLI instrument with a device

Make sure that your device's Bluetooth is switched on

Switch Bluetooth on in the Settings or Preferences of the device you will pair to your ROLI instrument. Refer to that device's instructions if you are not sure how to do this. For example, on iOS devices, it would look like this:

  1. From the homepage of your iOS device, open the Settings
  2. Select Bluetooth settings
  3. Tap the switch to turn on your iOS device's Bluetooth

Your ROLI device will not not appear in the devices list because it is a MIDI-over-Bluetooth device.

Pair with an iOS device (iPhone, iPad)

Pairing in an iOS app

Connect to the Bluetooth device in the app. Please note that not all apps are able to connect to a MIDI-over-Bluetooth device – check your app’s settings or input section for a Bluetooth button to find out if that particular app is able to connect.

Pairing in the NOISE app:

  1. If you haven't already, download the NOISE app by ROLI and install it on your mobile device (if you can't find it, please check the minimum requirements).
  2. Open the NOISE app on your mobile device
  3. Tap 'Studio' in the top right
  4. Tap 'Connect BLOCKS'
  5. Select your BLOCK from the list of available devices
  6. After a few seconds, the menu will show ‘Connected’
  7. Tap the background to return to the NOISE app and start making music!

What about Seaboard 5D?

iOS users can also download Seaboard 5D, ROLI's earlier version of NOISE. Seaboard 5D does not contain the same features as NOISE but is preferable for some creators. Note: there are no plans to release Seaboard 5D for Android. Soundpacks are not transferable between NOISE and Seaboard 5D.

Pair with an OSX device (Mac laptop or desktop computer)

  1. Open Spotlight by clicking on the magnifying glass in the top-right of your screen. Type ‘Audio MIDI setup’ and double-click to open it.
    Spotlight Audio MIDI Setup
  2. From the top bar, click: Window ➝ Show MIDI Studio. A new window will open.
    Show MIDI Studio

  1. Double-click the Bluetooth icon in the MIDI Studio window. **Newer versions of MacOS have moved the Bluetooth area (See second picture below)**
    MIDI Studio double click Bluetooth icon

  1. Another, smaller window will open and automatically start scanning for nearby Bluetooth devices.
  2. When the ROLI instrument is detected, click Connect
  3. After pressing Connect, the button will display Connecting for a few seconds followed by Disconnect.
  4. Once the ROLI instrument is connected you will see a Bluetooth icon like the one below in the MIDI Studio window.

What about Windows?

Although Windows has recently introduced some support for MIDI-over-Bluetooth, it is not yet adequate for use with the RISE or BLOCKS.

We hope to see MIDI-over-Bluetooth functionality for Windows in the future, and in the meantime we recommend connecting via USB.

Need more help? Please check your device's compatibility and troubleshoot your Bluetooth connection.