• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    not good yet

    i agree with the others that the touch sensetivity is not good.
    After a few days playing the surface peels off and become like rubber at some
    spots. now i cant glide over these spots anymore.
    what a pity - the concept is so exiting

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY

    Decent idea, but lots of problems. Bad Bluetooth connectivity led to lag during recording. Can only be used with the Noise app, which is very limiting. The app interface is also not intuitive and difficult to navigate. Can not sample or add other sounds. The pad itself is not sensitive enough and requires rather forceful play. The small size is nice, but maybe with time this company can develop a product that is actually useful.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly disappointing

    Cool hardware, but what a nightmare of software development and testing. Failed to pair with 4 out of 5 apple devices in our home. The blocks constantly drop communication and stop working every few minutes. Returned the Lightpad Block and an additional controller to the Apple store after Christmas. Embarrassing lack of quality control from ROLI and Apple for letting them into the stores. Save yourself time and money and do NOT buy this product.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great concept, poorly implemented.

    Both beginners and professionals should beware of this product, it seems ROLI have not yet perfected this technology.

    1.Physical responsiveness of this product is poor, unpredictable, and unadjustable.

    2.If you tap or lightly touch the ROLI Lightpad Block, it will not respond.

    3.The amount of pressure you must apply to a ROLI Lightpad Block before it responds is highly unpredictable, and makes performance near impossible.

    Almost any other MIDI controller with FSR pads (Ableton push, Novation Launchpad, Korg PadKontrol) will respond to very light touch/tapping, in addition to having adjustable touch parameters (velocity curves, pad sensitivity).

    ROLI Lightpad Block is also limited in software integration, and is only compatible with ROLI's NOISE app (which is only compatible with new iPhones ands iPads). The NOISE app itself is a disaster worthy of a separate rant/review.

    I'm returning mine after hours of use, even though I waited for months in anticipation to get my hands on it. This product seemed (and was advertised) as though it would be great... :(

    TL;DR - Don't buy this, regardless of your musical background and experience. Check out KMI (K Board 4 Pro), Novation, or just about any other MIDI Controller manufacturer as a usable alternative.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor sensitivity!

    The one most important thing about what this light pad should do is translate the expressiveness of your finger taps. If you touch lightly, nothing happens. You have to hit the block harder than playing loudly on a piano. Completely unacceptable. I would love to buy a block (or two) if and when they make these blocks super sensitive - as they should be.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The next big thing in the Apple ecosystem

    Originally had no clue what it was all about when first seeing it at the Apple Store. One staff did a terrific demo (we both used to play the electric guitar) and I was sold right away. Haven't stopped playing with it ever since. It does take some time to get used to the control. Admit the Block is not intuitive right away but it's like sth out of this world anyway. It's great fun. Your fingers may get a bit tired after a while, but come on I can name numerous musical instruments that hurt your fingers more than the Block. Overall it's an exciting new gadget that empowers everyone to make great music anytime and anywhere. Simply awesome.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice idea but terrible product.

    As the other reviewers have pointed out, I tried to mess with the sensitivity settings but could never find a proper settings. I thought the rubber surface would make for a good drum pad and effects unit. However it's far from that. Their seems to be some disconnect between the rubber and the touch sensitivity that makes it loose tracking of my finger quite often.

    What did me in was the limited ability to use it beyond the noise app. The noise app is cool, but I have cooler synths that I would like to control via bluetooth. The seaboard rise accomplishes this goal quite well. But the blocks system seems to loose connection on a frequent basis causing me to break my creativity to have to repair my blocks.

    This needs more time, more development. This product could've been done better.

    I am an owner of a Roli Seaboard and love it! I have high hopes for this company, I hope version 2 addresses a lot of the build quality issues.

    61 of 78 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Get the free app - forget the Roli Blocks

    What I don't understand is how this hardware ever came to market. My fingers are literally hurting from playing with this device for 20 minutes. When I'm buying a touch-sensitive device, I'm expecting something half usable. This was a horrible experience. I'm sorry, but Roli needs to either release a firmware update which allows the user to adjust the touch-sensitivity, or re-release the hardware which fixes this fatal flaw. Until then, I'm perfectly happy using the free software. That being said - I am very, very disappointed.

    29 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Idea turned into almost perfect execution!

    I have tried many music making products and this is one of the better ones.

    It is very portable and durable.

    My main concern is support and whether Roli will continue to support it with new apps and firmware.

    The blocks have an open API, so developers could extend its functionality.

    10 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good idea but bad execution and so many bugs...

    Good idea very bugged.
    1- Very stiff, you have to hit very hard to get it to register a touch and sensitivity is impossible to change.
    2- Bluetooth connectivity is unstable.
    3- Pitch issues: if your finger doesn't land EXACTLY in the centrer of a 'square', the note played will be out of tune. Unlike the iPad interface where the note is at the right pitch as long as your finger lands somehere inside the square. Ideally, the system should always output the closest correct pitch on first touch, then start changing pitch based on further finger moves.
    4- Triggering issues : If you're playing 2 adjacent notes, they start retriggering randomly and interfering with each other. Also some notes will randomly cut out even though you're still pressing the lightpad surface.
    5- If you have 2 lightpads, you don't have the flexibility to configure them in the modes you want. One will always be the note trigger and the other will always be the loop selector/controller. You cannot have both of them triggering notes for example (to extand your range) or both of them in loop mode.
    5- 1x1 mode is simply absent when you connect your block to NOISE. This modes seem to be available only if you're controlling desktop apps.
    Too bad, I love the concept, but execution is a fail for now. Most of these problems can be corrected with firmware updates I think.
    And the iPad NOISE app has so many problems on top of all this that need urgent fixing. It is disappointing to find out that the app these blocks are made for is so flawed and bugged, when you have paid almost 200 dollars for a lightpad (or more if you buy the other blocks).

    107 of 129 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fun Midi controller

    I just picked up my first Roli Lightpad and it is definitely a nice gift for someone who has music constantly running through them. The unit itself is very solid and is reminscient of practice drum pads (although it clearly states that you should not use drum sticks on the device.) My only negative feedback is it takes some getting used to the very minimal delay from touch to sound. Overall a great musical addition, I just hope the developers fine tune the firmware for better Bluetooth stabilization.

    166 of 191 people found this useful