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We usually have sales on Boxing Day. So I was browsing around for my Christmas present and saw the Role Seaboard Block on 20% discount. I immediately got it because I've been eyeing on one of these for quite some time now.

Naturally, I started experimenting with it immediately using Garage Band and Logic Pro X (had to watch a few YouTube videos to learn how to use the software).

I'm excited to finally start making some silly short tunes and put my music theory into some use. Here are 3 short tracks I made in the last couple of days:

8-bar house? music

a 1.5 minute sountrack

half a minute of churchy choir

Anyone here owns a Seaboard Block and make music with Logic Pro X? Any tips you can share?

I'm so excited :-)

But back to practise piano...


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very impressive, glad I don't one to sidetrack me though


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Congratulations, Tubbie. I got a Seaboard Block from my daughter last Christmas. It can be a very new and interesting experience to play on that surface. Did you make your tracks using Logic instruments or using the Roli apps? I've tried playing Logic software instruments, but didn't spend enough time to really optimize their parameters for the seaboard. Generally, I've been playing using the Roli Noise app for an iPad. I mix that as a right hand lead with left hand harmony played from a MIDI controller keyboard into Logic.


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Hi SoundThumb,

Yes, the Seaboard can be tricky to play the right note, because it's all black. I find myself playing with feel rather than look (I should do this on the piano more!). I also feel like I need to press on the keys harder. I guess I'm still try to get used to it. I love the sliding effect though, which I used a little in the choir piece I wrote.

I tried to download the device software but it hasn't got an update for Mac OS Catalina. So I'm just plugging it in with Logic Pro X and use it as a normal midi controller. I love how compact it is because I can just put it away in the drawer when I'm not using it.

I'll try next to use it with my iPad Pro so I'll download the app. But I cannot expect the sound to be as good due to the speakers. I like the idea of it being so portable I can bring it with me anywhere with my iPad Pro.

I'm not very creative. Having a bigger midi controller will just confuse me. For now, I'll use this 2-octave midi controller and experiment with it until I feel I've grown out of it. The good thing is, rather than upgrade, I can just get another block to extend it in the future :-)


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Yes! It definitely takes more finger pressure than other keyboards. For that reason it seems like more of a one or two finger specialized instrument that a simple, 2 octave keyboard. Some software patches have a "piano" mode which quantizes the tone to the scale. You loose the ability to rock laterally and bend the pitch, but you don't have to hit the keys straight on. I like to bend the pitch. You end up playing a little like a violin using your ear to bend into the correct pitch if you don't hit a key straight on. All in all, just a lot of fun. Enjoy.

Oh, and I haven't updated to Catalina yet because I'm waiting for the Roli software to be updated.


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Couldn't sleep last night so wrote this spooky soundtrack:

Spooky Space


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your new career in spooky movie soundtracks awaits, great sound


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