ROLI Lightpad M Block MIDI Control Surface
The Roli Lightpad Block M is the next generation of the Lightpad Block, a surface for sonic control.
- Deeper, softer surface texture
- Surface dimpled with 225 'microkeywaves' for additional tactile feedback
- Enhanced touch-responsiveness
- Brighter LED illumination
- Expanded software package including Equator Player, Tracktion Waveform, Ableton Live
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Music-makers can recreate the sounds of drums, cellos, flutes, uplifting synths, and hundreds of other instruments just by touching the Lightpad M Block, which is both a palm-sized music-making device in its own right and a piece of the expandable BLOCKS system. The Lightpad M creates an even more sensitive and precise playing experience that is on par with ROLI's premium instruments such as the Seaboard RISE.
Advancements of the Lightpad M include:
Inspired by the wave-like undulation of keywaves on the surface of ROLI's Seaboard instruments, the microkeywaves of the Lightpad M provide additional tactile feedback on an already sensitive surface. They mark a major revision from the flat surface of the original Lightpad Block.
A Redesigned Silicone Surface Layer
A deeper, softer silicone layer — topped with 225 microkeywaves — enhances the pressure-responsive control of sound that defines the Lightpad Block.
Brighter Surface Illumination
The Lightpad M is 50% brighter than the original Lightpad Block. It features a higher contrast display and a much richer range of colour definition.
NOISE and the software ecosystem supporting BLOCKS have also taken a major step forward. Highlights include:
The newest version of ROLI's free app introduces improvements to clip launching, clip editing, and user-interface navigation as well as new acoustic sounds. Together with the recent introduction of Seaboard View and Mixer Mode, the updates make NOISE 3.0 a versatile sketchpad for making music on the go. Download or update NOISE to explore.
Acoustic Instrumental Soundpacks
Stunningly realistic cello, violin, clarinet, saxophone, and other acoustic instrumental sounds are now available in NOISE. Treble Quartet and Bass Quartet are two new soundpacks created with the SWAM engine by master sound designers at Audio Modeling. Bass Quartet is now bundled with the Lightpad M.
NOISE Audio Unit for GarageBand
Over 400 polyphonic sounds from NOISE are now available to play and edit in GarageBand, Apple's popular music production program that comes with iPhones and iPads. Music-makers can bring their favourite NOISE sounds directly into their GarageBand workflows with the new NOISE Audio Unit plug-in for iOS. The integration shows how NOISE is becoming the centre of an expanding ecosystem of music-making tools not only for mobile but also for desktop.
Ableton Live Lite
A customised version of Ableton Live, the acclaimed digital audio workstation (DAW), is now included with every Lightpad Block. Integration with Ableton Live Lite transforms the Lightpad Block into a versatile control surface for launching clips, controlling instruments, and creating tracks within Ableton Live. Coming soon to all Lightpad Block owners.
A desktop sound player version of the acclaimed polysynth from FXpansion. Strobe2 Player is fully compatible with MIDI Polyphonic Expression controllers like the Lightpad M. Explore 50 presets and 3 macros from Strobe2 — and upgrade to the complete Strobe2 synth for $79. Now available to all Lightpad Block and Seaboard Block owners.
Roli Lightpad M Block Specifications
Connectivity / Ports: USB-C port (MIDI out and power), Full MIDI compatibility over USB
and Bluetooth LE, 8 BLOCKS DNA connectors
Power Source: Battery Power
Width: 95mm / 3.74 inches
Height: 23mm / 0.91 inches
Depth: 95mm / 3.74 inches
Weight: 300g / 0.66 lbs.