Note: Tracktion Waveform 8 is included with Seaboards. This guide will show you how to load a multi-timbral instrument like Equator into Tracktion Waveform 8. To use the Seaboard RISE or GRAND with an earlier version of Tracktion, please see Using the Seaboard RISE & GRAND with Tracktion, earlier versions.

Short answer

Open ROLI Dashboard and select Multi Channel mode with MPE on and a channel range of 2–16.

In Tracktion load a multi-timbral instrument like Equator into an instrument track, and select the Seaboard RISE or GRAND as the track's input device.

Detailed answer

Tracktion Waveform supports MPE, so it's easy to use Tracktion Waveform with MPE-compatible instruments like the Seaboard Block and Lightpad Block.

Step 1: ROLI Dashboard Settings

  • Connect your Blocks and launch ROLI Dashboard
  • If you're using a Lightpad Block, load the "Note Grid" app and then click the "Edit" button.
  • Ensure that the MIDI Settings in ROLI Dashboard are set as shown below.

We have selected:

  • MIDI Mode: MPE
  • MPE Zone: Lower
  • No. MIDI Channels: 15
  • Pitch bend range: 48 semitones

Step 2: Create an Instrument Track

Open a new project in Tracktion Waveform and load a new virtual instrument to an empty track. To do this, drag the box with a “+” in it from the top-right corner to your chosen track’s output window and choose your multi-timbral instrument. In this example we have chosen Equator.


Step 3: Equator’s MIDI/MPE Settings

  1. Open the Equator plugin from the host track of your Tracktion project.
  2. Click on the menu icon (☰) in the top right of Equator and open the  MIDI/MPE Settings menu.
  3. In the MIDI/MPE Settings menu, ensure that Equator’s MIDI Settings match those we set in ROLI Dashboard in Step 1.
    • Channel Mode: Multi
    • MPE: On
    • Channel Range: 2 – 16
    • Pitch Bend Range: 48

Equator MIDI MPE settings page standard MPE setup

Step 4: Select the Block as an Input Device

First ensure that your Block is enabled as a MIDI Device. Go to Settings > MIDI Devices, and if your Block is disabled as Input device, click to enable it. 

Now click below the track number to select the Block as a MIDI input device. 

Once the Block is selected, ensure that "Record MPE to Note Expression" is on:


Step 5: Record

Select the Equator preset you'd like, record-enable your instrument track in Tracktion, and record!

Step 6: Edit Note Expression

You can open the piano roll editor by double-clicking on the recorded clip. Under "MIDI Events" ensure that "Show Note Expression" is enabled, and then click on a note to view or modify it. Right-click to show pitch bend (Glide), aftertouch (Press), or timbre (Slide) data.


Note: if your recorded clip is played back on only one MIDI channel, you'll want to confirm that you've selected "Record MPE to Note Expression" in Step 4. This should automatically set the “MIDI Channel Mode” to MPE, but if not, from the “MIDI Channel Mode” dropdown menu ensure that “MPE” is selected.