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.