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ROLI unveils Lightpad Block M and updates to NOISE app

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Laura  Barnes
ROLI unveils Lightpad Block M and updates to NOISE app

The Lightpad M’s redesigned silicone surface layer features 225 microkeywaves.

ROLI has launched a new model of its Lightpad Block sonic controller as well as a number of upgrades to its NOISE app.

The Lightpad Block M is the next generation of the Lightpad Block, a surface for sonic control, which 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 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 like the Seaboard RISE.

The Lightpad M’s redesigned silicone surface layer features 225 microkeywaves, which have been inspired by the wave-like undulation of keywaves on the surface of ROLI’s Seaboard instruments. These microkeywaves provide additional tactile feedback on an already sensitive surface.

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

ROLI’s free NOISE app has been updated with improvements to clip launching, clip editing, and user-interface navigation as well as new acoustic sounds.

Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI and inventor of the BLOCKS system, said: “In the last 10 months since we launched BLOCKS, we have continuously evolved the system with software and firmware updates as well as new hardware components like the Seaboard Block.

“Today with the release of the Lightpad Block M and NOISE 3.0, we are even more firmly establishing BLOCKS as the most powerful way to create music on the go. You can configure an endless number of production workflows and enjoy a range and depth of expression that was hard to imagine just a few years ago.”

ROLI’s new gear is available from distributor Sound Technology.

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Tags: sound technology, new gear, ROLI, lightpad block M, NOISE app

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