ROLI’s new Lightpad Block M available now through Sound Technology

ROLI has introduced its new Lightpad Block M music-making device.

Available new through UK distributor Sound Technology, the Lightpad Block M is the next generation of the Lightpad Block – a surface for sonic control that first launched in November 2016.

Music-makers can recreate the sounds of drums, cellos, flutes, uplifting synths, and hundreds of other instruments just by touching the Lightpad Block, which is both a palm-sized music-making device in its own right, and a piece of ROLI’s expandable BLOCKS system.

Advancements of the Lightpad Block M include:

Microkeywaves. Inspired by the wave-like undulation of keywaves on the surface of ROLI’s Seaboard instruments, the microkeywaves of the Lightpad Block M provide additional tactile feedback on an already sensitive surface.

A redesigned silicone surface layer. A deeper, softer silicone layer — topped with 225 microkeywaves — enhances the pressure-responsive control of sound that the Lightpad Block is known for.

Brighter surface illumination. The Lightpad Block M is 50% brighter than the original Lightpad Block. It features a higher contrast display and a much richer range of colour definition.

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.

Strobe2 Player: A desktop sound player version of the acclaimed polysynth from FXpansion. Strobe2 Player is fully compatible with MIDI Polyphonic Expression controllers like the Lightpad Block 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.

The ROLI Lightpad Block M is available now priced at £189.95 inc VAT.

The original Lightpad Block remains available priced at £169.95 inc VAT.


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