When Ableton records multiple channels to a single track (when you select "omni" as the input channel) it sums all of that data to a single channel, which means that the dimensions of touch will no longer be polyphonic –modulations would be heard equally on all notes.
To fully unlock the Seaboard’s expressive potential in Ableton, you will need multiple MIDI tracks in your Ableton project, which we will look at in more detail in this guide.
One host track – this track will have no MIDI input selected, and will host a multi-timbral plugin like Studio Player.
Several voice tracks – these tracks will not host a plugin, but will receive the global and note channels from the Seaboard, then send them to the host track. You will create several voice tracks according to the channel range you select in ROLI Dashboard in the first step of this guide below.
Take a look at the MIDI and Pitch sections in the bottom-right and select:
No. MIDI Channels: 15*
Note that the Global Channel is automatically set tochannel 1.
Pitch Bend Range: 48
*Smaller channel ranges can be selected. Fewer channels will reduce the number of tracks required in Ableton, but will also reduce theexpressive polyphony. More details onselecting the ideal range here.In this example, we are using a range of 2–16 (which will provide 15 voice expressive polyphony) but you can just as easily use 2 – 5 (which will require fewer tracks and provide 4-voice expressive polyphony) if you prefer.
Step 2: Ableton Settings
In thePlug-Instab of Ableton’s preferences, select "Use Audio Units" and "Use VST3 Plug-In System Folders" so that your plugins are available to use in your project.
In the Link MIDI tab of Ableton's preferences, check that Track and Remote are ON for the Seaboard RISE's input.
Step 3: Create the host track
From Ableton's menu click Create ➝ Insert MIDI Track to add a MIDI track to your Set.
Load a Studio Player by dragging it from the plugins list onto the mixer track.
In the MIDI From section of the new trackselect No Input – this is very important. This track will not be used for recording any MIDI.
You have just created your host track. It will produce the audio from Studio Player. The Seaboard's note data will reach this track on multiple channels via the voice tracks (which we will create in the next step).
The gif below shows loading Equator - the process is the same for Studio Player.
Step 4: Studio Player's Note Configuration
Open the Studio Player plugin from the host track in your Ableton set.
Click on the note (♫) in the bottom right of Studio Player and open the Note Configurationmenu.
In the Note Configurationmenu, ensure that MPE Mode is selected and Studio Player's MIDI Settings match the ones we set in ROLI Dashboard in Step 1.
Global channel: 1
Number of channels: 15
Step 5: Create several voice tracks
Next, we want to create a number of MIDI tracks, which together will receive each channel of MIDI from the Seaboard.
Just as before, right-click to create a new MIDI track.
Select the first track and use CMD-D (Mac) or CTRL-D (Windows) to duplicate it. In this example, we are using a channel range of 2–16. Remembering to include the global channel on channel 1, we will create 16 new tracks in total. If you selected a smaller channel range, you won't need as many tracks. For example, if you select a range of 2–5, you will create 5 tracks.
On each of these new tracks, set:
MIDI From: select the Seaboard
Immediately underneath MIDI From, select a channel for each track to cover your full channel range.
The 1st voice track will receive Ch1
The 2nd voice track will receive Ch2
The 3rd voice track will receive Ch3, etc. until you reach your highest channel.
MIDI To: select the host track as the destination.
Immediately underneath MIDI To, select the same channel for each track as was selected in MIDI From.
The 1st voice track has Ch1 as both MIDI From and MIDI To.
The 2nd voice track has Ch2 as both MIDI from and MIDI To.
The 3rd voice track has Ch3 as both MIDI from and MIDI To etc. until you have set all of the voice tracks.
Step 5: Arm the voice tracks
Holding cmd ⌘ (Mac), or shift (PC), click each track’s arm button to arm all of your voice tracks –but not the instrument track. The instrument track should not be armed.
With all of the voice tracks record-enabled (armed), simply press record. The notes will be spread out over all MIDI tracks and will play through the Studio Player plugin.