ROLI Lightpad Block
ROLI Lightpad Block
See ROLI BLOCKS in action.
ROLI Lightpad Block
The Lightpad Block is at the heart of ROLI BLOCKS, the modular music studio that works together with an app on your iPhone or iPad. On the Block’s tactile, pressure-sensitive surface you shape sound through gliding, pressing, lifting, and other intuitive gestures. The surface is a glowing grid of squares that guides you as you create beats and melodies with a palette of over 100 sounds.
Anyone can play the Lightpad Block. Whether you’re an amateur or a professional musician you will quickly make music on its delightfully responsive surface. Your music will be as expressive as if you’re playing an acoustic instrument.
Powered by the NOISE app that puts a huge range of sounds and effects at your fingertips
NOISE app lets you choose sounds, add effects, record loops, and launch loops to make a track
Colorful square pads on the surface guide you to make beats and play chords, scales, and arpeggios without a music lesson
Access a trove of sounds ranging from drums to strings to ambient electronic with NOISE
In Learn Mode, follow Lightpad Block’s unique Light Trails to learn how to play a song
Play wirelessly wherever you are using Bluetooth, Lightpad Block, and an iPhone or iPad
Convenient handheld design with a 3.72-inch square surface fits neatly in a pocket
DNA connectors allow magnetic connection between Lightpad Block and other Blocks in ROLI BLOCKS system
Charges through cable to USB-C port and through connection to other Blocks
Did You Notice?
You can bend a pitch by moving your finger from side to side or deepen a sound by pressing into the surface gently.
Apple Recommends For
Aspiring musicians who want to learn music and professional musicians who want to play their music on the go.
What’s in the Box
ROLI Lightpad Block
Quick start guide
Other Features: Bluetooth
Bluetooth Compatiblity: Bluetooth 4.0
Power Source: Battery power
Height: 0.8 in./2 cm
Length: 3.72 in./9.45 cm
Width: 3.72 in./9.45 cm
Weight: 8.82 oz./250 g
Mfr. Part Number: ROL-001141
UPC or EAN No.: 814773020178
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Warranty: One year
Answers from the community
Can you use them with windows? Or download pre loaded sounds yet? I know last year you couldn’t.
- Asked by Benjamin G from Chelsea
- on Sep 20, 2017
Is it just preloaded music and sounds or can you upload or download any sort of music and instruments you want
- Asked by William W from Tucson
- on Nov 7, 2016
The blocks are designed to work with the free noise app on ios, which has a number of preset sounds The blocks are designed to work with the free noise app on ios, which has a number of preset sounds for percussion, pads, synth, etc. You can use the app without the blocks, so you can check it out before you buy if you want. There is no way as of writing to make your own sounds; my guess is that more sounds will be made available as in app purchases if they aren’t already. However, the music making is all up to you, as far as playing notes and rhythms and recording loops, making songs, etc. The blocks also have an open source SDK, so if you’re a programmer you could make a new application built to use them which makes any sound you like. There is also a package in Max MSP for programming with the blocks as UI. These both open up the possibilities a ton, but require a certain amount of technical skill. Probably in a year from now there will be a larger number of apps available made for blocks, some of which allow you to make your own sounds rather than being stuck with the presets. Mind bogglingly the SDK and possibilities for developers have not been mentioned in a lot of the publicity.
- Answered by Travis W from Montreal
- on Nov 10, 2016
Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
NOISE is a free app that makes music mobile, so you can play and learn music anywhere you take your connected device. Using simple, easy-to-learn gestures, you can create beats, melodies, and songs with a huge library of sounds. Play NOISE on your phone or tablet, and extend its musical powers by pairing NOISE with ROLI BLOCKS, the modular music studio. NOISE was developed by music technology pion eer ROLI.
A NEW APPROACH TO MAKING MUSIC
Your touch screen becomes a real musical instrument with NOISE, which lets you shape sounds by drumming the screen, gliding your fingers along it, pressing into it, and lifting off. You make music through intuitive gestures on a grid of colorful pads. Each pad is a particular instrument or a note in a scale.
AN INSTRUMENT AND A STUDIO IN ONE
NOISE makes you both a performer and a producer. Start by choosing from custom-made sounds that range from bongo drums to string sections to zithers. Shape those sounds into beats and melodies, and record them as loops. Then mix and match these loops and build amazingly multi-layered songs.
DESIGNED FOR LEARNERS
If you love listening to music but don’t think you can play an instrument, NOISE may change your mind. It’s a fun, interactive learning tool. In Learn Mode, just trace illuminated Light Trails to learn how to shape beats and melodies. Choose from one of 15 scales, and the notes of that scale light up on the grid. Turn on Hide Mode to always stay in tune — it hides notes that not in the key. Use Snap Mode to stay in time — it snaps your performance to the tempo.
STAR MUSICIANS ARE SHARING THEIR SOUNDS
Grimes, RZA, Steve Aoki, and other world-renowned artists are releasing signature soundpacks for everyone making music with NOISE. Build your next song with sounds straight from the studio of a professional artist. Available through in-app purchase and on NOISE.fm.
ROLI BLOCKS TAKES YOUR MUSIC TO THE NEXT LEVEL
The power of NOISE expands when you connect to ROLI BLOCKS, the modular music studio. Pairing wirelessly, NOISE becomes the sound engine for Lightpad Block and Seaboard Block. Learn more about BLOCKS on ROLI.com. On the pressure-sensitive surfaces of these Blocks, you can shape sounds and play songs in a way that is similar to the experience of playing NOISE on an iPhone or an iPad. But you can be even more expressive. …