Roli Lightpad Block

Portable MIDI Controller

  • Becomes a beat machine and melody instrument when used in combination with your iPhone or iPad and Noise app
  • 5D touch surface: Striking, sliding, slipping, pressing, lifting
  • Pressure-sensitive silicone surface
  • Integrated rechargeable battery
  • The Lightpad Block is a master block, which means that it serves as a "host" for other blocks of the Roli series with its MIDI-over-Bluetooth connection
  • Powered via the NOISE app, a powerful music app that serves as both a software synthesizer as well as a sound engine for the BLOCKS system (iPhone or iPad required)
  • System requirements: iPhone 6/6 Plus or later, iPad Air or later, iOS 9.0 or later
  • USB-C to USB-A cable included

Technical data:

  • 15 x 15 LED matrix
  • 225 LEDs
  • 5D touch
  • Buttons: Mode, Power and Bluetooth
  • 8 BLOCKS DNA connections
  • USB-C connector (MIDI out and power)
  • Full MIDI compatibility via USB and Bluetooth LE
  • 4 Hours of battery life
  • 2 Hours of charging time
  • Bluetooth range: Up to 15 m
  • Bluetooth latency: 30 ms touch to sound
  • Surface: Silicone with a durable, smooth urethane coating
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 94 x 20 x 94 mm
  • Weight: 250 g

Further Information

USB Yes
Bluetooth Yes
5-pole DIN MIDI No
Ethernet No
Pads 25
Diplay No
Rotary Knobs 0
Fader(s) 0
Drawbar No
Expansion No

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Exciting controller in the early stage

Dirk1248, 26.03.2017
The ROLI Blocks system is interesting to play in a new way: the combination of first-hand live sounds (drums, pads, synths, solo, arpeggio mode or "grooves"), and secondly, Playable patterns offers many possibilities; At the same time, the blocks represent a comparatively convenient way to get into the world of the 5D MIDI controllers.
With the hard-to-reach silicone surface, I have a bit difficult at first. The Seaboard is much more comfortable and differentiated to play. Where the stop is synonymous significantly more expensive. And bigger and heavier and? So the comparison may be unfair. Nevertheless, the silicone surface requires quite a lot of pressure!

The software, especially the ROLI dashboard under MacOS (okay, is still beta) is not yet quite mature:
It is annoying that you can record loops in Noise, the iOS app (which is necessary for your use) only in a single preset and unchanging length. And that the iOS app only prefabricated sounds served, is also very unsatisfactory. Hopefully this will be changed soon by update.
The Block Dashboard under MacOS is fortunately much more flexible possibilities open? But actually I wish I was just for iOS, not (only) for the Mac. So in the best case: the blocks as a universal MIDI controller for all possible apps. Hopefully it will come.

What really bothered me, however, is the Akkubetrieb: Alone, that you have to load several hours, then to play about 3? 4 hours. (I guess I have to read somewhere, but when the Lightblock was finally loaded after a few hours, the others also had to load, they were connected, but one was loaded after the other: . In addition: I have the complete Trias from Lightblock, Live Block and Loop Block. The loop block has only loaded up to 13% for the first time (as indicated in the block dashboard), then it was over. Now nothing works - and the loop block goes back. I am assuming that I get Thomann usual problem-free replacement, but is really well solved the loading is not (takes forever and one after another), and obviously unreliable and error-prone to it. Although the connection via the "DNA" connectors is already cool :-)

Conclusion: high potential, but still has children's diseases. Playing in itself makes any sense, I hope very much for the upcoming updates.
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You have a PC ... you can throw it right away!

Bernard_France, 07.06.2017
On the ROLI site it is well indicated that there is the software Blocks Dashboard for Windows 10 to configure the device. Once launched, the message is:
Your Block will now be diabled. You have to update the firmware to use it. Then you discover that the update can only be done with an Apple device. I do not have any of these things Apple and I will never have it again because I understood to the use and at great expense that if we did not want to be a pear and live happy, we had to flee the Appliances with an apple. So here I am with a Roli Block Lightpad unusable.
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