ROLI Lightpad Block - Wireless Illuminated Tactile Control Surface

ROLI Lightpad Block - Wireless Illuminated Tactile Control Surface

ROLI Lightpad Block - Wireless Illuminated Tactile Control Surface

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ROLI Lightpad Block - Wireless Illuminated Tactile Control Surface

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  • Versatile "Space-Age" Touch Controller
  • Grid Modes: 2x2, 4x4 & 5x5
  • Five Dimensions of Touch (5D Touch)
  • Strike, Glide, Slide, Press & Lift
  • Noise: Free Modular Music App for iOS
  • Wireless MIDI over Bluetooth
  • Record and Perform Drum and Melody Loops
  • Add Additional Lightpads
  • Add Live and Loop Blocks for Control
  • Includes USB Type-C Charging Cable
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ROLI ROL-001141 overview

  • 1Description

The Lightpad Block from Roli is the central performance Block in the Blocks system and features an illuminated tactile surface that enables the user to shape sounds through five dimensions of touch including strike, glide, slide, press, and lift. It builds sequencing, looping, finger drumming, and expressive control into one intuitive device.

The Lightpad Block is made up of 225 LEDs arranged in a 15x15 matrix and features a laser-etched silicone surface allowing for multidimensional performances. The fixed configuration of the pads is defined by Noise, the free iOS app, and can be configured in three modes including 2x2, 4x4, and 5x5. The Block system is also compatible with desktop applications including Roli's equator, as well as GarageBand, Logic, Bitwig, Max and more. Connections to your iOS device or desktop computer can be made wirelessly via Bluetooth, or from a wired USB connection.

The Lightpad Block is designed to integrate with the optional Live and Loop Blocks, which provide tactile control over the most frequently used functions for quick and easy performance. The Live Block allows for switching scales and octaves, playing chords and arpeggios, and sustaining notes. The Loop Block offers control for capturing loops, layering sounds, tempo, quantization, and more.

Light Pad Interface
  • Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Lightpad Block packs more power than a roomful of instruments
  • When paired with the NOISE app, you can make any kind of music - drum beats, guitar leads, orchestral melodies
  • Approachable and easy to learn. Express the music inside of you, whether you play an instrument or not
  • Enjoy the interaction of touch, sound, and light
  • The silicone surface is pressure-responsive, and you shape sound by striking the surface, pressing into it, and moving your fingers around it
  • The LED-illuminated surface glows, and each touch leaves a trace of light. Colorful grids guide you to make different kinds of music
  • Grid Layouts
    • 2x2 for drum kits with four sounds
    • 4x4 for drum kits with 16 sounds
    • 5x5 for melodic or pitched sounds (root note is always white)
Five Ways to Shape Sound Through Touch
  • Strike: Strike the surface to sound a note, as you would on a piano key or a drum
  • Glide: Glide your fingers from side to side to bend the pitch, as violinists do
  • Slide: Slide up and down to modulate the sound
  • Press: Press into the surface to deepen sounds, like a saxophone player does by breathing more
  • Lift: Lift off the surface at different speeds to change a sound’s resonance
Learn Mode
  • In Learn Mode, Light Trails appear on the surface that guide you to make beats and melodies
  • Learn Mode teaches you the gestures for making music, so you can move more quickly to performing
Drop Some Beats
  • Choose a drum kit in NOISE
  • Tap the surface with your finger at different speeds and on different pads of the illuminated grid
  • You make beats just like you would on live drums
  • Choose a Groove Kit and drop some grooves simply by moving your fingers around the surface
  • Record loops of your favorite beats to create a track
Play a Melody
  • Choose a scale
  • The notes of the scale appear on the pads of the illuminated grid
  • Turn on Hide Mode and you’ll always be in tune, because you’ll only see the notes for that scale
  • Play chords and arpeggios by pressing a single note
  • Record melodic sequences from a range of instruments and layer them to create beautiful harmonies
Make a Song
  • Arrange a musical composition with the Lightpad Block and NOISE
  • Record your favorite beats and melodies as loops, and layer those loops on top of each other to make a song
  • Keep building your song as your skills and interests grow
  • Perform one part of it live and the riff you improvise may be the best thing you’ve come up with yet
Expand Your Surface
  • Blocks DNA connectors not only magnetically connect the Blocks, but also send data, so each Block knows how it’s configured with other Blocks
  • Two Lightpad Blocks create a continuous surface that works just like a single Block, but with even more power
  • Live Blocks buttons let you switch scales and octaves, trigger chords and arpeggios, and sustain notes in real time
    • Mode: Toggle between favorite sounds, loops, and tracks
    • Volume: Adjust volume
    • Scale: Select any of the available 19 scales
    • Chord: Select a chord that is triggered from a single note
    • Arp: Select an arpeggio that is triggered when you press a note
    • Sustain: Sustain a note
    • Octave: Switch up or down up to three octaves
    • Heart: Bookmark your favorite sounds
  • Loop Blocks are for producing and put studio techniques for recording and editing at your fingertips. Buttons help you record a loop, or sequence and play it back. Set tempo and quantize your performance to keep everything running in time
    • Tempo: Set the tempo like a metronome
    • Snap: Quantize recorded loops to keep everything in time
    • Undo: Undo your last recording
    • Play: Play or Pause recorded loops
    • Rec: Record a loop
    • Learn: Activate demos that teach you how to interact with each sound
UPC: 814773020178
In the Box
ROLI Lightpad Block - Wireless Illuminated Tactile Control Surface
  • USB Type-C to USB Type-A Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    ROLI ROL-001141 specs

    System Requirements iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or newer
    iPad air or newer
    iOS 9.0 or above
    Port Connectivity USB Type-C port (MIDI out and power)
    Full MIDI compatibility over USB and Bluetooth LE
    8 BLOCKS DNA connectors
    Buttons Mode
    Power / Bluetooth
    Bluetooth Range 49.21' / 15.00 m
    Latency Touch to Sound Bluetooth Latency: 30 ms
    Battery 4-hour battery life
    2-hour charge time
    Pad Silicone with durable, smooth urethane coating
    225 LEDs on surface
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.7 x 0.8 x 3.7" / 94.0 x 19.8 x 94.0 mm
    Weight 0.55 lb / 0.25 kg
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    Package Weight 0.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.8 x 4.8 x 1.7"

    ROLI ROL-001141 reviews

    Lightpad Block - Wireless Illuminated Tactile Control Surface is rated 1.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not recommended. Steer clear. Don't believe the slick marketing. The device itself is a sub-standard midi player with major touch sensitivity and delay issues. The NOISE app is not intuitive, buggy and has some major flaws. The ROLI team are clearly rushing a set of products and applications to market without due consideration, development or support. I would advise that you download the Noise app first and use with a a touch-sensitive iPhone and then discover the limitations before considering the Lightpad block. Fooled me once....
    Date published: 2017-09-07
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