ROLI Studio Player: all ROLI sounds, all in one place

BLOCKS and Seaboard owners: download the beta version today, and try out Smart Chords and other new songwriting tools

Date Posted
Share on Social Media
Play video
Introducing ROLI Studio Player, the new way to enjoy all ROLI sounds and effects, all in one place.

ROLI Studio Player is the amazing new way to access all ROLI sounds and effects, all in one place, and make great music with them.

Our cutting-edge sound engines Equator, Cypher2, and Strobe2 are for the first time unified in one program that easily works with your DAW. And not only that. ROLI Studio Player introduces fun new features that help you compose and perform faster. Smart Chords helps you create complex chord progressions just by holding down a note, and the Multi-Layered Arpeggiator lets you create rhythmic patterns in seconds.

Download today, if you're a BLOCKS or Seaboard owner, and you’ll be the first to experience these songwriting features. Plus you’ll massively simplify your workflow for accessing ROLI sounds and effects.

ROLI Studio Player is now available in a beta version, which means that the features are mostly there but are still being built and refined. It launches this summer alongside a new tiered offering for all our sounds. Between now and its public release we’ll be focusing on more content and deeper integration with ROLI hardware.

Share your ideas about how we can improve ROLI Studio Player! From bug-spotting to new feature concepts, your feedback really helps us deliver an extraordinary software suite.

To install ROLI Studio Player, you'll first need to the latest version of ROLI Connect, the cloud-based platform that connects all ROLI hardware and software. Download the Mac version here and the Windows version here. Now let's dive into the features of the ROLI Studio Player beta version!

ROLI Sound Engines

Cypher2, Strobe2, and Equator offer hundreds of sounds, including the largest-ever suite of 5D sounds. Access to this extraordinary (and always growing) collection is now transformed. ROLI Studio Player combines three MPE-enabled sound engines in one easily navigable interface. The early beta version includes 280 sounds, and more will be available at launch.

Roli Studio Player - Views

You can search and filter your sounds by Engine, Instrument, Source, and Soundpack. The filters work across all ROLI sound engines, and they capture the new sounds added to each engine. If you search for "Bass," for example, you’ll find 40 instruments including Dark FM Bass in Equator, Octave House Bass in Strobe2, and Amber Bass 5D in Cypher2.


Click the heart icon to save your favorite sounds, so they’re all in one place.


You can also adjust your sounds with macro controls. Three faders and an XY Pad give you a total of five different parameters for modulating each sound.


Smart Chords

ROLI Studio Player not only simplifies your access to sounds and effects. It introduces tools that help you compose more quickly.

Smart Chords turns a note into a chord progression. Play one note at a time, and you’ll generate chords that are automatically fixed in your chosen scale. You can create quick, fun, in-key chord progressions. Smart Chords can take your track in a new direction, or add more texture to your musical idea.

First select your scale. You’ll find all chord options at the top of the Smart Chords module (the default is C Minor). Every note you trigger will automatically shift the harmony of the chord to ensure it is bound within the scale.

All chords default to triads, or three-note chords. But you can use the faders to adjust this. You can can even change the voicings of the chords using the “Add Bass” and “Adapt Voicings” options.

We can also adjust Strum, which imitates rolled chords by adding a slight delay to each of the notes.


Multi-Layered Arpeggiator

ROLI Studio Player also comes with a Multi-Layered Arpeggiator that’s more powerful than a standard arp — but also easy to use. It provides three independent layers of arpeggiation, so you can create complex rhythmic patterns just by pressing a few notes.

Each arpeggio is fully controllable. You can adjust standard parameters like the number of hits, their position (offset), the rate and the octave range. You can also adjust playback direction, playback type, and swing amount. Click the Hold button to continue the arpeggiation without pressing a note.

There’s a lot to explore with each individual arpeggio. But it gets really interesting when you layer them to create dynamic, interacting patterns — all in a few seconds, with only a few notes.

The helpful Visualizer in the center of the module shows you all layers of arpeggiation and all of the controls assigned to each layer.

Want to try something really fun? Combine your arp sequence with Smart Chords!


Audio Effects

The Audio Effects section helps you fine-tune your sounds in even more ways. There are four effects slots with corresponding XY pads. In each slot you can control delay, distortion, compression, pitch, filters, and other effects. More will be available when ROLI Studio Player is publicly released.

Choose your sounds from the drop-down menus. You can choose up to four at one time.

You can see all four effects pads at once in Multi view. Start with Single view, however, to see what you can do with each pad. Try mapping parameters to the X and Y axis. For example, with a filter-wobble effect you can map cutoff to the X axis and speed to the Y axis.

Activate each effect for momentary transitions, or click Latch to hold them in their XY position for as long as you’re playing a sound.

11 Effects

DAW Compatibility

ROLI Studio Player slots simply into DAW. As a VST and AU plugin it can be hosted in Logic, GarageBand, Cubase, Bitwig, and Reaper, and other DAWs. It also works as a standalone application.


Downloading and Getting Started

To download ROLI Studio Player, first you’ll need ROLI Connect. ROLI Connect (also in beta!) is the new cloud-based platform that makes all your ROLI hardware and software work together seamlessly. When you download ROLI Connect (for Mac or Windows), you'll see ROLI Studio Player under the Apps tab. Get started now — and have fun!

You might also be interested in