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You have a great son! I have a similar Roli situation and had big plans for it initially that never came into fruition. Limitations for me were related to DAW choices (NS2, BM3, etc not supporting MPE) and needing to modify things on a computer at the time instead of a native Roli app, and bluetooth dropout when using bigger block configurations. I think they're cool to play with every now and then and bring a unique offering, but I'm actually finding the Sensel Morph a bit more intuitive for the MPE purposes, even though I'm missing out on the 'squishiness'.
Limiting Swam sounds to standalone was at Audio Modeling's insistence, not Roli's choice. I have a real love hate relationship with my 2 seaboards as I have expressed before. Recently I've been having problems getting them to connect reliably to aum, as has been mentioned by others. I also have some notes on the keyboard that seem to be erratic in how well they respond. I've had a fair few stuck notes problems, hard to tell at times of this is due to the seaboard or the synths. Overall I haven't used them anywhere near as much as I expected I would. But when they do work they work well. For playing geoshred at slow speeds and very expressively I prefer the seaboard. For faster playing I prefer GeoShred's own keyboard. If you've got them for free then definitely explore. IOS mpe synths nearly all have frustrations. Phosphor can be really nice to play, but you need to set up most of the patches yourself to get them to work properly. Almost no-one does everything right. Roli Noise has great sounds and is a pleasure to play with the Seaboard, but is not a proper synth, very limited tweaking possibilities for each patch.... The app Blocks Dashboard, also mentioned above, is great. Roli and Sensel both need to produce iOS software rather than making people do adjustments on desktop. It's quite disappointing that neither has done that. I really wish someone would just come along and make some mpe synths where all the presets are just mpe compatible - using all 5 aspects of mpe - right out of the box.
I'm surprised about the troubles you're reporting and sorry to hear of your tech pain. Prompted by this thread I was using my Songmaker kit (seaboard / lightpad and loopblock) in Zenbeats last night and everything works smoothly. I don't think I've ever had a problem with bluetooth connection (mostly I've used it in AUM) - are you on recent firmware? Or maybe you are attempting too many simultaneous connections? I usually have my Lightpad connected to the Seaboard and then just one bluetooth connection to my iPad.
I'm using mine mainly to play synths and drums , rather than using as a midi parameter controller as I believe you are attempting, perhaps that's where we are coming at it from different angles? Last night I successfully had Synthmaster One, Moog model D, Geoshred Cello and FRMS as MPE synths in Zenbeats, only minimal setup needed (activating MPE both in Zenbeats per plugin setting and also in the synth when required). I kept getting hanging notes with the Moog when editing, but I don't think that's a Roli/MPE issue.
I'm trying to use Yamaha MD BT01 with Korg triton le and with my iPad 2 iOS 9.3.5 and its not connecting. I tried using the Yamaha digital piano and it still cannot detect it. Likewise I open my KortgKorg module and it's looking for an bluetooth le midi device. Can you help me on this thx
Loop is dedicated to capturing, looping, and layering sounds. Its ten buttons can adjust tempo, record loops, and quantize the two together. Live, meanwhile, is focused on using BLOCKS in a performance, with its ten buttons used for switching between scales and octaves, playing chords and arpeggios, and sustaining notes.
Solo instruments spread their scale across the Lightpad's surface: the lowest pitch and root note is in the bottom left corner, while the highest is in the top right. Each instrument has adjustable Scale, Arp, Chord, Octave, and Sustain levels: you can adjust them in the NOISE app, or with the buttons on the Live BLOCK. By setting the scale, for instance, and choosing "Hide Notes", those notes not in the current key and scale will be darkened on the Lightpad (though they'll still play if you hit them, which can be a little confusing).
Come March, though, things will get even easier for those using some of the more popular music apps. BLOCKS Dashboard will tie Lightpad into software like Logic, Ableton, Cubase, Omnisphere, Kontakt, and others. You'll be able to create scripts for common tasks, and use the Lightpad's surface as a virtual fader with values shown by LED strips. Notably, there's no mention on the roadmap of using BLOCKS with other iOS music apps, like GarageBand for iOS, only desktop software.
Lumi gets you right into it with a timeline of notes that float by on the display of your device. (You're best off using this with an iPad; the extra screen real estate makes the experience significantly better.) If you've ever played Guitar Hero, you'll be right at home. The colored notes correspond with the colors of the keys on the Lumi -- play them in time with the display, and you'll quickly be jamming along to the song. The closer you get to nailing the performance, the more "points" you'll get.
The Lumi Keys have a modular design, using DNA connectors (proprietary Roli magnetic connectors), so you can connect to another Lumi keyboard or to Roli's Blocks, a studio-ready mini keyboard with a variety of configurations including a drum pad. As of this writing, the software app for Lumi only supports two joined keyboards, but theoretically, more Lumi keyboards could be attached together for playing more than 48 keys at once.
The Lumi mobile app allows multiple methods of keyboard fun, including free play, jamming or learning songs. The RGB keyboard sets the stage for learning songs using the app, with color-coded notes and a Guitar Hero-like experience. As the song plays, notes scroll down on the screen with colored keys appearing for you to play on your keyboard. The more used to the learning activity you get, the easier it becomes to play without looking at the RGB keyboard.
I think you may confusing the hosting of midi effect plug-ins. In AUv2 the AU does not require any audio buses (which you can check with auval). However, when hosting a midi effect auv2 plug-in you must call the AURender functions as if there was a single output audio bus with a 0 channel layout, so that the plug-in can receive timing information. But again, this is only from a hosting side.
There are four applications in category three: Control Grid, Fader Block, Mixers Block, and XYZ Pad. In Control Grid, squares are available for percussion, pitch, or Continuous Controller (CC) functions in a 1x1 through 5x5 grid. Fader Block provides 16 sliders grouped under four tabs. Mixer Block has four mixer sliders and buttons. The XYZ app offers pressure in addition to a traditional XY pad. It is possible to edit almost all MIDI parameter settings, ranging from global functions such as number of pads on the grid and MIDI channel to enabling Polyphonic Pressure. Individual pads, buttons, or sliders can be set to send pitch notes or CC values within minimum/maximum numbers. Other choices include selecting gate, toggle, or trigger behavior and even enabling pressure data on individual pads. Most of the apps provide color selection tools for each element using either visual tools or typing in hex values.
Judging by your comments thus far, I think getting the CSP-series might be the right choice for you. The cool thing about software is that you can always dabble with it later on, using your Clavinova (or any other keyboard with USB connectivity) as a MIDI controller and speaker. If you want more sounds, the option is always going to be there when you need it. 2b1af7f3a8