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Lightpad Block M

Super Sonic Surface

Make music on a smooth, illuminated surface that fits in the palm of your hand. Play beats. Shape melodies. Control sound just by touching the super-sensitive, surface of a next-generation MIDI controller. The free ROLI PLAY app helps you get started.

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  • iOS only app support
  • No Android support
  • Windows 7, 8 and 10
  • Mac OSX 10.10+

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Introducing Lightpad M

AT A GLANCE

Super powerful and easy to pick up

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    MIDI pad controller
  • 01 Icon 5DTouch
    Touch responsive soft silicon surface
  • 05 Icon WirelessPortable
    Wireless and portable
  • 09 Icon Grids
    LED illumination reconfigures the surface for different notes and scales
  • Mobile icon
    Get started with free iOS apps: the beginner-friendly ROLI PLAY or the powerful NOISE app.
  • 15 Icon SoftwareLaptop
    Desktop software included: Equator Player, Cypher2 Player, Strobe2 Player and Tracktion Waveform 8
  • 04 Icon SoundsSpeaker
    Hundreds of sounds in NOISE and Equator Player
  • 12 Icon PairWithBlocks
    Connects to Seaboard Block and other ROLI BLOCKS

HOW YOU PLAY

Play a song, all on one surface

On one dynamic surface you can play beats, basslines, chords, and melodies — and tie them all together to make amazingly multi-layered songs.

5D TOUCH

Every movement is musical

On the Lightpad Block’s tactile surface, you shape sounds and make music with Five Dimensions of Touch (5D Touch). Expression is right at your fingertips, so you can bring any musical idea to life.

Strike

Strike to sound a note

Glide

Glide your fingers from side to side to bend the pitch, like on a string instrument

Slide

Slide up and down to modulate a sound, for example to add brightness or texture

Press

Press to deepen sounds, like a saxophone player does through breath

Lift

Lift to change a sound’s resonance

SOUNDS

Explore a universe of sounds — it's growing all the time

Lightpad M pairs with desktop and mobile sound engines that include hundreds of high-resolution sounds ranging from strings to drums. They’re all custom-made for MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) on the Lightpad Block’s unique surface. Explore soundpacks from sound designers and renowned artists like Pharrell, Grimes, and RZA.

SWAM Saxophones by Audio Modeling

Lay down blazing funk solos or mellow jazz vibes with the extraordinarily expressive sounds of SWAM Saxophones. Get riffing on a selection of realistic alto, baritone, soprano and tenor sax instruments, all from the masters at Audio Modeling.

Available for download in the NOISE app now

SOFTWARE

Bundled with a high-powered suite of software

Every Lightpad Block comes with a suite of high-powered music production programs. There’s something for everyone — from beginners to pros.

  • LearnMinimize
  • Melodics

    Melodics

    Jam along to interactive lessons to build your finger drumming and beatmaking skills with Melodics, the online educational platform.

    3-month free subscription included with Lightpad Block.

    ROLI PLAY

    ROLI PLAY

    ROLI PLAY is a custom-made companion app that helps you get started with the Lightpad Block. Learn how musical touch works on the Lightpad's surface and start making songs. iOS only.

    Download ROLI Play

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  • NOISE for iOS

    NOISE for iOS

    Sketch your musical ideas and start building tracks with NOISE, a free app that includes hundreds of sounds. NOISE pairs wirelessly with Beatmaker Kit, so you can play anywhere you have a connected device. iOS only.

    Download NOISE

    Equator Player

    Equator Player

    Browse 200+ free expressive sounds on a desktop sound player based on Equator, ROLI’s flagship soft synth and sound engine.

    Discounted upgrade price to the full version included.

    Learn more about Equator Player

    Strobe2 Player

    Strobe2 Player

    A desktop sound player version of the acclaimed Strobe2 polysynth from FXpansion. Play 50 expressive presets and explore 3 macro controls.

    Discounted upgrade price to the full version included.

    Cypher2 Player

    Cypher2 Player

    A desktop sound player version of the premium Cypher2 software synth from FXpansion. Play 50 expressive presets and 3 macro controls.

    Discounted upgrade price to the full version included.

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  • Ableton Live Lite

    Ableton Live Lite

    Turn the Lightpad Block into a portable controller for Ableton Live Lite, the renowned digital audio workstation (DAW). Through a customized integration you can play instruments, create tracks and launch within Ableton Live with the Lightpad surface.

    ROLI Dashboard

    ROLI Dashboard

    Control Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) and desktop software programs with ROLI Dashboard. Plug Lightpad Block into your workflow, customize your surface, and use your Block as a controller for Ableton Live, Logic Pro X and many more.

    Max MSP

    Max MSP

    Push the limits of musical creativity with Max MSP, an open-ended environment for plug-in development.

    Three month free trial with Lightpad Block.

    BLOCKS works with programs including:

    Apple

    • Logic Pro
    • GarageBand

    FXpansion

    • Strobe2
    • Cypher2

    Native Instruments

    • Kontakt
    • Massive

    Bitwig

    • Studio

    Ableton

    • Live

    Audio Modeling

    • SWAM

    Cycling '74

    • MaxMSP

    Spectrasonics

    • Omnisphere

    INTERFACE

    Designed for musical expression

    The Lightpad Block is custom-designed to be the most powerful music-making device to fit in a pocket. The sensors underneath the pliable surface are finely calibrated so you can play with precision. Undulating “microkeywaves” provide additional tactile feedback. High-definition colors light up the surface, so you can move quickly between notes, instruments, and scales.

    LEARN

    Start learning with ROLI PLAY

    ROLI PLAY is a custom-made companion app that helps you get started with your Lightpad Block. Learn how musical touch works on the Lightpad's surface and start making songs. Your first few hours with a Lightpad can be a musical headrush, and this free app is there to hold your hand.

    EXPAND

    Expand your music studio

    Lightpad M is one piece of an award-winning music creation system: BLOCKS. Connect to a Seaboard Block, Live Block, Loop Block, Touch Block — or more Lightpad Blocks including the Lightpad M. All Blocks snap together and work together wirelessly. Mix and match, and build your instrument as you grow!

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    The Verge

    Organisation Name
    "After a half-hour demo, I made my own beat from scratch, complete with sick flute solo. It's not usually this easy to make something."
    Ask Audio awards

    Ask.Audio

    Organisation Name
    "The Lightpad Block M is a supremely powerful... and unique way to perform with your hands."
    Huffington post awards

    Huffpost

    Organisation Name
    "Don't be alarmed by its alien appearance. This is one of the most innovative music-making gadgets we've used all year."

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    Lightpad Block M
    1. Spec

    2. Lightpad Block M
    3. Lightpad Block
    1. Dimensions
    2. H21.8 x W94 x D94 (mm)
    3. H20.3 x W94 x D94 (mm)
    1. Surface consistency
    2. Semi-soft, smooth, contoured with undulating microkeywaves
    3. Semi-rigid, smooth, and flat
    1. Silicone layer depth
    2. 5.85mm
    3. 4.35mm
    1. DNA connectors
    2. 8
    3. 8
    1. Battery life
    2. 4 hours
    3. 4 hours
    1. Software bundle
    2. Ableton Live Lite, Equator Player, Strobe2 Player, Tracktion Waveform, 11 NOISE soundpacks (including Bass Quartet by Audio Modeling), BLOCKS Dashboard, Max MSP (three-month license)
    3. Ableton Live Lite, Equator Player, Strobe2 Player, Tracktion Waveform, 10 NOISE soundpacks, BLOCKS Dashboard, Max MSP (three-month license)
    1. Price
    2. $199.95/£189.95/€219.95
    3. $179.95/£169.95/€199.95

    Lightpad M

    Technical Diagram

    Unboxed

    1. Lightpad Block.
    2. 8 NOISE Soundpacks.
    3. Ableton Live Lite.
    4. Equator Player.
    5. Cypher2 Player.
    6. Strobe2 Player.
    1. Tracktion Waveform 8.
    2. ROLI Dashboard.
    3. Melodics Subscription (Three Months).
    4. Max MSP License (Three Months).
    5. USB-C to USB-A Cable.
    6. Quick Start Guide.
    7. One Year Full Warranty.

    Tech Specs

    Dimensions and Weight

    Width: 94mm (3.7 inches).
    Height: 21.8mm (0.86 inches).
    Depth: 94mm (3.7 inches).
    Weight: 260g (0.57 pounds).

    Battery

    4 hour battery life.
    2 hour charge time.

    Connectivity / Ports

    USB-C port (MIDI out and power).
    Full MIDI compatibility over USB and Bluetooth LE.
    8 DNA connectors.

    Bluetooth

    15 meter Bluetooth range.
    Mac OSX and iOS only.

    Compatibility

    Desktop Requirements

    Mac OSX 10.10+.
    Windows 7, 8 and 10.
    Intel Dual Core i5 2.5GHz+.
    4 GB RAM (8 GB RAM recommended).
    2 GB hard drive space.
    Internet connection to register/download software.

    Mobile & Tablet Requirements

    iPhone 6 or newer.
    iPad Air 2 or newer.
    iPad Mini 4 or newer.
    iPad Pro (9.7, 10.5 and 12.9 inches).
    iOS 9.0 or above.
    Google Pixel or Pixel 2 (Limited support).

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