Key Benefits

  • Get the most out of your RISE and Equator software
  • Understand the basics of music synthesis
  • Gain an insight into MIDI and MPE in a historical and technical context
  • Learn how to use Blend.io and be introduced to a global community of music makers

How does it work

You can view course materials directly here on ROLI.com - it’s a free open-access course which means you can view all of the course materials without needing to register.

There are two tiers of participation

  1. Experience Modules 1-4 without registering - it’s completely free
  2. Register for free on BLEND.io in order to complete assignments in Module 5 for peer review

Take the course

Module 1:
Introducing the Seaboard RISE

In this first module, we will be explaining what you can expect to learn and achieve by participating in this course. You will be introduced to much of the terminology we will be using throughout the course, and begin to understand the key features of the Seaboard RISE and Equator.

1.1 – Welcome

Introduction to the course and list of everything you’ll need to participate.

1.2 – Course Outline

Understand the three levels of participation in the course and learn how to use BLEND to access practical assignments.

1.3 – MIDI/Equator/RISE

Learn how to get started with your Seaboard RISE and understand how it communicates with ROLI’s powerful software synthesizer, Equator.

1.4 – Five Dimensions of Touch

What makes the Seaboard RISE unique compared to other controllers on the market? Understand the extra parameters of real-time control that the Seaboard RISE enables.

1.5 – First look at Equator

Begin to understand the different sections within ROLI’s Equator synthesizer and its relationship with the Five Dimensions of Touch.

1.6 – Modes and Mapping

Explore the Seaboard RISE’s different modes and learn how Equator maps Seaboard controls to any parameter.

Module 2:
Five Dimensions of Touch

Module 2 showcases one of the most important and unique features of the Seaboard RISE - the Five Dimensions of Touch. By detailing how each of the Dimensions of Touch works, you will be able to begin to experiment with these within your workflow.

2.1 – Strike

Introduction to Strike on the Seaboard RISE and how it can be utilized within Equator.

2.2 – Press

Introduction to Press on the Seaboard RISE and how it can be utilized within Equator.

2.3 – Lift

Introduction to Lift on the Seaboard RISE and how it can be utilized within Equator.

2.4 – Glide

Introduction to Glide on the Seaboard RISE and how it can be utilized within Equator.

2.5 – Slide

Introduction to Slide on the Seaboard RISE and how it can be utilized within Equator.

2.6 – Exploring Presets

Learn how to browse through Equator’s extensive library of presets.

Module 3:
Synthesis basics and Equator

Module 3 introduces you to the basics of synthesis and electronic sound design, before explaining the advanced features of Equator in detail. By the end of Module 3, you will have learnt how to create complex Equator patches from scratch.

3.1 – Signal Flow

Understand the very basics of synthesis and how Equator generates complex, powerful patches from simple sounds.

3.2 – Envelopes

Learn about the role envelopes have within synthesizers and begin to shape your sounds within Equator.

3.3 – LFOs

Discover how using a low frequency oscillator can automatically modulate your sounds within Equator.

3.4 – Global Controls

Change clock and tempo settings, voice settings and customise the way you can modulate effects using the Five Dimensions of Touch.

Module 4:
Integration & Automation

Module 4 provides you with the skills to begin to produce your own Seaboard RISE music projects using your chosen DAW. Every Seaboard RISE ships with Bitwig 8-track to enable you begin your journey into digital music production.

4.1 – DAW integration

Understand the basics of DAW integration for use with your Seaboard RISE and Equator.

4.2 – Blend.io

Discover collaborative music production using Blend.io, and learn how to submit assignments from this course.

4.3 – Plugins & Automation

Understand how to use Equator within a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and begin to produce your own recordings with the Seaboard RISE. (Download course assets at blend.io/roliedu).

4.4 – Buffer & CPU settings

Learn how to optimize your DAW to ensure it is at its optimal setting for recording with the Seaboard RISE and Equator.

Module 5:
Assignments

Put everything you've learnt into practice with two assignments and upload your work into Blend.io for peer review.

5.1 – Assignment 1

Begin to put everything you’ve learnt into practice with assignment 1 (compositional) . You can download the additional assets required for the assignments at blend.io/feature/rise-introduction.

Goals:

  • Pull template from ROLI Education’s Blend profile.
  • Create a DAW session using the template.
  • Using your Seaboard RISE and Equator compose a piece of music that showcases the expressivity and multidimensional functionalities you now have access to.
  • Publish your composition on Blend.

Requirements:

  • Use at least 1 instance of Equator in your composition
  • Showcase sectional development - at least an A section and a B section.

5.2 – Assignment 2

Create your first Seaboard performance video in this final assignment of the Introduction of the Seaboard RISE course. You can download the additional assets required for the assignments at blend.io/feature/rise-introduction.

Goals:

  • Pull template from ROLI Education’s Blend profile.
  • Using your Seaboard RISE and Equator, compose a backing track for a performance that you will put on. One element should be left out of the production, which will be performed ‘live’ by you.
  • Using any camera record a video of you putting on your performance.
  • Upload performance video to Youtube or Vimeo.
  • Publish your performance on Blend.

Requirements:

  • Use at least 1 instance of Equator in your performance
  • Video must have backing track being played in the background, and show your hands on the Seaboard RISE.