The Seaboard RISE has two modes which are accessed by pressing the Power/Mode button. The button's central light indicates the mode you are currently using.
Expression mode (cyan)
In this mode, the RISE's three Touch Faders adjust the RISE's sensitivity to the Glide, Slide, and Press dimensions of touch.
The Glide Touch Fader controls the dynamics of Glide, or left and right movements of the finger on the keywaves or along the ribbons.
When the Glide Touch Fader is at its maximum setting, the keywave surface is maximally sensitive to sideways movements, and even minute movements will bend pitch like vibrato on a string instrument.
A lesser setting will auto-correct pitch, pulling notes towards the nearest semitone at a rate controllable by the fader, and at its minimum setting the RISE will respond like a standard piano.
The Slide Touch Fader controls the dynamics of Slide, or vertical movements up and down a keywave.
When the Touch Fader is at a higher setting, the sensitivity of the Y axis decreases. This means that your finger must travel a greater distance to reach the maximum end of the range of modulation, and you can access a wider range of intermediate sounds along the vertical path of travel.
When the Touch Fader is at a lower setting, the spectrum of sound available for modulation along the Y axis of a keywave is narrower. This means that you can reach the maximum end of the range of modulation with a shorter movement up or down the keywave.
At its minimum setting, Slide is disabled.
The Press Touch Fader controls the dynamics of Press, or the response of the keywave surface to continuous pressure applied after Strike.
When the Press Touch Fader is at a higher setting, the spectrum of sound available to modulate through pressure is wider. This means that you will press more firmly to reach the maximum end of the range of modulation, and you will be able to access a wider range of intermediate sounds as you vary pressure on the keywave surface.
When the Press Touch Fader is at a lower setting, the spectrum of sound available to modulate through pressure is narrower. This means that you can reach the maximum end of the range of modulation through lighter pressure on the keywave surface.
At its minimum setting, Press is disabled.
MIDI mode (white)
In MIDI mode the RISE's three Touch Faders behave as controllers. They send assignable MIDI CC messages which can be used to control synth parameters in Equator or other instruments.
By default, the Touch Faders use MIDI CCs 107, 109, and 111. The MIDI CCs sent in this mode can be changed in ROLI Dashboard – see picture below.
The XY Touchpad on the Seaboard RISE gives you the ability to control two separate parameters in a single gesture. The X position is the horizontal axis and the Y position is the vertical axis of the Touchpad.
When you touch the pad, the X and Y positions are sent as MIDI CC messages which can be selected in ROLI Dashboard and assigned to any parameter in Equator or other instrument which can respond to them. For example, you could assign the X position to filter cutoff and the Y position to LFO speed.