ROLI has 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.
Distributor Sound Technology says: ‘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.’
Sound Tech goes on to say: ‘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.’
A customised version of Ableton Live is included, with the 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.
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.