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RISE 2 Creator Manual



Introduction

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Quick Start Guide

Download ROLI Connect

Visit roli.com/start to download ROLI Connect.

In ROLI Connect you can create an account, register your Seaboard RISE 2 and download your included software.

Connect via USB

Connect your Seaboard RISE 2 to a computer or mobile device via the USB-C port.

The USB-C port is also used for charging the battery.

Connect over Bluetooth

If you have a compatible computer or mobile device, your Seaboard RISE 2 can play software instruments with MIDI over Bluetooth.

To play over Bluetooth, macOS 11+ (Big Sur onwards) is recommended.

For more information on how to connect the Seaboard RISE 2 to your specific computer, visit: roli.com/rise2/bluetooth

User Control Panel

To turn Seaboard RISE 2 on:

  • Press the power button

To turn Seaboard RISE 2 off:

  • Press and hold the power button

Mode Indicators

Selecting a mode:

  • When Seaboard RISE 2 is on, press the power button to toggle between Expression mode and MIDI mode.

  • Seaboard RISE 2 will automatically enter Bluetooth pairing mode when the device is on, and not connected to a host device via USB.

Expression mode:

  • The three Touch Faders adjust sensitivity to the Glide, Slide, and Press Dimensions of Touch.

    • Lower values make the Seaboard behave more like a piano; higher values make the Seaboard more expressive.

  •  Glide is indicated by  — side-to-side movement

Slide is indicated by icon — forwards and backwards along a single key

Press is indicated by icon — continuous pressure

You know it’s in Expression mode if you can see these icons on top of the faders.

  • Set Slide or Press to 0%, to disable that Dimension of Touch

  • Set Glide to 0% to activate “Piano Mode”.

    • In this mode, sideways movements will not bend pitch, and notes retrigger as you glide from note to note.

    • Lower ribbon glides through “white keys” only

    • Upper ribbon glides through all keys

  • Set Glide to 100% to enable “Semitone Legato”

    • In this mode, if you play two adjacent notes, pitch glides smoothly from one note to the next.

    • Strictly speaking, when two adjacent notes are played simultaneously, the pitch is bent to a position somewhere between the two notes, determined by how much pressure is exerted on each key. For example, if C# is played with greater pressure than C, the pitch will be bent to a position closer to C# than C.

  • To customize the sensitivity of the 5 Dimensions of Touch in more detail, including Strike and Lift, use ROLI Dashboard.

MIDI mode:

  • The three Touch Faders send MIDI CC messages, assignable using ROLI Dashboard, which can be used to control synth parameters in Equator2 or other instruments/effects.

In both Expression Mode and MIDI Mode, the XY touch pad controls the X and Y macro parameters in Equator2 and ROLI Studio Player. These macro parameters are preconfigured to change the synth preset in a creatively interesting way.

Playing Technique

Don’t press too hard into the Keywave surface when you play, especially when gliding between pitches. A lighter touch also gives more room to add expression using PRESS.

To glide from note to note, try using the top and bottom ribbons, rather than gliding over the Keywaves.

To slide smoothly up a single key, use the flat, palm-facing part of your finger instead of the tip — i.e. angle your finger parallel to the Keywave surface, rather than perpendicular to the surface.

Caring for your Seaboard RISE 2

To remove dust from the Keywave surface, clean using a lint roller or unscented cleansing wipes.

Store your Seaboard RISE 2 in a horizontal position.

Software Setup

Equator2

Seaboard RISE 2 should automatically connect to Equator2.

In Equator2, there is a preference “Auto Connect to ROLI Hardware” which should be enabled by default (in “Audio & MIDI Settings”).

ROLI Studio Player

Seaboard RISE 2 should automatically connect to ROLI Studio Player.

In ROLI Studio Player, there is a preference “Auto Connect to ROLI Hardware” which should be enabled by default (in “Audio & MIDI Settings”).

ROLI Studio Drums

Seaboard RISE 2 should automatically connect to ROLI Studio Drums.

In ROLI Studio Drums, there is a preference “Auto Connect to ROLI Hardware” which should be enabled by default (in “Audio & MIDI Settings”).

To trigger the drum sounds:

  1. Shift down an octave using either the “–” Octave Shift button on the Seaboard RISE 2, or by setting “-1” in Pitch/Octave in ROLI Dashboard.

  2. Play drum sounds using the 16 leftmost keys on the Keywave surface

ROLI Dashboard

Mac:

  • Connect to computer via USB or Bluetooth

Windows:

  • Connect to computer via USB

Ableton Live

Ableton Live 11 introduced MPE support as standard, so simply enable MPE for your connected MPE-ready device in Preferences > MIDI.

Some devices and plugins also require you to “Enable MPE Mode”.

If using Ableton Live with 3rd-party plugin synths, you might find it useful to use Ableton's "MPE Control" device https://www.ableton.com/en/manual/max-for-live-devices/#28-3-3-mpe-control

For more information about MPE in Ableton Live visit: https://help.ableton.com/hc/en-us/articles/360019144999-MPE-in-Live-11

Other DAWs

Logic Pro

https://support.roli.com/support/solutions/articles/36000028431-logic-using-the-seaboard-rise-grand-with-logic-x

https://support.roli.com/support/solutions/articles/36000028437-logic-using-the-seaboard-rise-grand-with-logic-s-built-in-instruments

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/logicpro/lgcp8f599497/10.7.3/mac/11.0

Cubase

https://support.roli.com/support/solutions/articles/36000019126-cubase-using-the-seaboard-rise-grand-with-cubase

https://steinberg.help/cubase_pro/v10.5/en/cubase_nuendo/topics/note_expression/note_expression_mpe_device_page_r.html

https://steinberg.help/cubase_pro/v10.5/en/cubase_nuendo/topics/note_expression/loading_mpe_sounds_t.html

https://steinberg.help/cubase_pro/v10.5/en/cubase_nuendo/topics/note_expression/note_expression_recording_with_mpe_input_devices_t.html

https://steinberg.help/cubase_pro/v10.5/en/cubase_nuendo/topics/note_expression/note_expression_midi_controllers_c.html

Bitwig

https://support.roli.com/support/solutions/articles/36000019125-bitwig-using-the-seaboard-rise-grand-with-bitwig

Reaper

https://support.roli.com/support/solutions/articles/36000024635-reaper-using-the-seaboard-rise-grand-with-reaper

Garageband

https://rolisupport.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/36000024681-garageband-ios-blocks-and-rise

https://rolisupport.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/36000037232-using-the-seaboard-rise-grand-with-garageband/

3rd-party plugins

Some plugin instruments, such as Serum, require you to enable MPE within the plugin’s own preferences menu.

Other plugin instruments, such as Kontakt, have a more involved setup process that can change over time, as plugins and DAWs are updated.

Help documentation can be found on roli.com/support, and in the 3rd-party software’s user manual.

Still need help setting up?

Contact us at roli.com/support



FAQ

What is RISE 2?

Seaboard RISE 2 is the next generation of the award-winning Seaboard RISE keyboard controller, re-engineered for limitless exploration of sound.

What are the system requirements for Seaboard RISE 2?

Recommended:

  • macOS 11+

  • Windows 10+

Compatible:

  • Mac OSX 10.14+ / Windows 10 (x64) or higher

  • Intel Core / AMD Ryzen / Apple Silicon (M1+)

  • Minimum 8GB RAM

Which computers and mobile devices are Bluetooth compatible with Seaboard RISE 2?

Seaboard RISE 2 is class compliant for MIDI over Bluetooth, and has the ability to communicate with any Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE) compatible host device.

macOS 11+ (Big Sur onwards) is recommended.

Does ROLI software run natively on Apple Silicon?

The following ROLI software products run natively on Apple Silicon (M1 / M2):

  • Equator2

  • ROLI Studio

  • ROLI Dashboard

  • ROLI Hardware Driver

The following ROLI software products run on Apple Silicon (M1 / M2) computers via Apple’s automatic translation environment Rosetta 2:

  • ROLI Connect

Which hardware and software are Seaboard RISE 2 preset switches compatible with?

The preset switches are compatible with the following software:

  • Equator2 standalone

  • Equator2 (AU version) in a DAW

The preset switches send standard program change MIDI messages, so you could manually map these to trigger changes in third-party software.

The preset switches are also compatible with some, but not all, hardware synths. For compatibility, check the hardware synth’s technical documentation.

What is the difference between Seaboard RISE 2 and the original Seaboard RISE?

Seaboard RISE 2 is the next generation of the award-winning Seaboard RISE keyboard controller, re-engineered for limitless exploration of sound.

These are the most significant updates:

  • A new Keywave2 playing surface featuring a refined shape and precision frets — designed to be more intuitive and effortlessly expressive for piano and keyboard players than ever before.

  • A more powerful and versatile suite of included software, including the world's leading MPE synth Equator2 (worth $249), featuring 1400+ world-class presets. Ableton Live Lite and ROLI Studio are also included.

  • A head-turning, burnished Platinum Blue aluminum chassis, part of a premium build fine-tuned for maximum durability.

  • Expanded compatibility with other instruments and hardware with MIDI Port and USB-C.

  • A next-generation version of ROLI Dashboard, featuring enhanced 5D visualizers to customize your settings to perfection.

How does the Keywave2 surface compare to the original Seaboard RISE keywaves?

The shape of the new Keywave2 surface was perfected after years of rigorous testing and feedback from both Seaboard and piano players.

Wider keys with embossed ridges and honed edges make RISE 2 performances more nuanced, accurate and expressive than performances with any previous Seaboard. They also make Keywave2 a more intuitive playing surface for keyboard or piano players.

The Keywave2 surface retains the two horizontal ribbons above and below the keys from the original Seaboard RISE. These are the perfect surface for long slides between pitches.

What are the 5 Dimensions of Touch (5D Touch)?

The soft, responsive Keywave2 playing surface of Seaboard RISE 2 allows performers to modulate sound through 5 natural playing gestures. These are:

  • Strike: Strike to sound a note at different velocities

  • Glide: Glide from side to side to bend pitch or create vibrato

  • Slide: Slide up and down to add brightness or texture to a sound

  • Press: Press into the Keywaves to deepen sounds or simulate the effect of breath on a wind instrument

  • Lift: Lift off at varying speeds to affect a sound's resonance

See how 5D Touch can transform your performances here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC-Y9p1YbI8).

What is MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE)?

MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) is the underlying technology behind Seaboard RISE 2, Equator2 and ROLI Studio. It allows electronic music makers to be more expressive in a way previously only possible with acoustic instruments.

How does MPE do this? When modulating pitch or tone with traditional MIDI, modulation is only applied to each note being played. But MPE makes it possible to modulate parameters independently across multiple notes, vastly expanding the expressive possibilities!

The original Seaboard catapulted MPE into the mainstream, and since then more and more leading music makers have adopted MPE. Learn more about MPE here (https://roli.com/mpe).

Is Seaboard RISE 2 a MIDI controller?

Yes, Seaboard RISE 2 is a MIDI controller. It has no onboard sound engine, so you will need to connect your RISE 2 to a computer or mobile device running a compatible software program (such as Equator2) to produce sound.

Is Seaboard RISE 2 compatible with non-MPE hardware and software?

Yes! You can use Seaboard RISE 2 just like a traditional MIDI keyboard when connected to standard MIDI hardware and software.

Even when paired with MPE software, you can adjust your settings in your included ROLI Dashboard software to minimize each expressive parameter and make the Seaboard behave as a standard piano-keyboard.

Is Seaboard RISE 2 compatible with third-party DAWs, synths and software?

Yes. Since the launch of the first Seaboard RISE in 2015, the number of music software companies adopting MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) has grown considerably.

Leading DAWs, including Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Bitwig Studio and Cubase are now MPE and Seaboard RISE 2 compatible. As are many popular synths, including Omnisphere, Reaktor, SWAM, Serum and BT Phobos. Learn more about MPE compatible software here (https://roli.com/mpe).

You can also use the Seaboard RISE 2 with non-MPE compatible software. It will function just like a standard MIDI controller when performing non-MPE sounds.

Will the new Seaboard RISE 2 firmware and ROLI Dashboard updates be compatible with my Seaboard RISE 25 or Seaboard RISE 49?

Yes! Seaboard RISE 2 firmware features improved 5D Touch interaction, including more accurate responses to Strike and Lift gestures. If you own a Seaboard RISE 25 or RISE 49, this firmware update will be available through ROLI Dashboard when the first RISE 2 instruments ship in October 2022.

ROLI Dashboard has also been updated, with enhanced 5D visualizers so you can tweak your expressive settings to perfection. This software update will be available to all Seaboard RISE creators through ROLI Connect in October 2022.

Technical Documentation

Summary

  • 4 Octave, Keywave2 design

  • 3.5mm TRS MIDI Output

  • 83.4cm x 20.1cm x 2.3cm / 5.5 kg

  • Sustain / Continuous foot pedal input (6.35mm TRS input)

  • USB-C port (Connection and Charging)

  • Rechargeable battery

  • Class compliant MIDI over USB and Bluetooth

  • Bundled with Equator2, ROLI Dashboard, ROLI Studio and Ableton Live Lite

Dimensions & Weight

49 Keywave playing surface

Width: 83.4cm

Depth: 21.0cm

Height: 2.3cm

Weight: 5.5kg

Connectivity & Ports

3.5mm TRS MIDI Output

Sustain / Continuous foot pedal input (6.35mm TRS)

USB-C port (Connection and Charging)

Class compliant MIDI over USB and Bluetooth

Battery

8 hour battery life

5 hour charge time

Capacity 2300 mAh

System Requirements

Recommended:

  • macOS 11+

  • Windows 10+

Compatible:

  • Mac OSX 10.14+ / Windows 10 (x64) or higher

  • Intel Core / AMD Ryzen / Apple M1+

  • Minimum 8GB RAM

Disk Space Requirements

13GB required for downloading and installation

6.7GB required for Equator2 content data (after installation)

3GB required for Ableton Live Lite

Interface

USB 2.0 and above

Construction

Extruded aluminum chassis with CNC cut-outs for UC and Keywave and bead-blasted and anodised finish.

MPE / 5 Dimensions / 5D Touch

Strike

  • Technically speaking this refers to note-on velocity MIDI message

Press

  • Technically speaking this refers to polyphonic aftertouch or channel pressure MIDI message

Glide

  • Technically speaking this refers MIDI pitch bend value on a given MIDI channel

Slide

  • Technically speaking this refers to Y-axis input from the RISE, inputted as MIDI Control Change Message (CC 74 by default — configurable using ROLI Dashboard)

Lift

  • Technically speaking this refers to note-off velocity MIDI message