Next generation of the surface for sonic control ships 08/01/18
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ROLI and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have announced immediate availability of the new ROLI Lightpad Block M. The Lightpad Block M is the next generation of the Lightpad Block, a surface for sonic control, that launched in November 2016.
A spokesperson told us, "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."
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. 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 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.
Pricing and Availability: The ROLI Lightpad Block M is available now priced at £189.95 inc VAT.
The original Lightpad Block remains available priced at £169.95 RRP inc VAT. Sharing the expressiveness, versatility, and portability of the next generation model, it remains the most affordable entry point into the BLOCKS system.