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Lightpad Block M

Super Sonic Surface

Reach for the ultimate music-making surface that fits in the palm of your hand. The next-generation Lightpad Block features a redesigned surface that offers an even more tactile, responsive, and precise playing experience.

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Start Making It

Be inspired to make music in 2018

Introducing Lightpad M

AT A GLANCE

Super sonic and easy to pick up

  • lightpad-M
    The newest, most advanced Lightpad Block
  • 01 Icon 5DTouch
    Deeper, softer surface topped with 225 microkeywaves
  • 09 Icon Grids
    50% brighter surface illumination from high-definition LEDs
  • 04 Icon SoundsSpeaker
    200+ free sounds
  • 15 Icon SoftwareLaptop
    Suite of music making software for desktop and mobile
  • 05 Icon WirelessPortable
    Wireless and portable for making music on the go
  • 12 Icon PairWithBlocks
    Connects to other 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 Lightpad M’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

INTERFACE

Touch even deeper musical textures

The redesigned interface of the Lightpad M builds on the touch-responsive powers of the original Lightpad Block. Lightpad M’s surface is deeper, softer, and defined by undulating microkeywaves — for an even more precise playing experience.

Enhanced tactile feedback
Based on the wave-like surface of ROLI's Seaboard instruments, the 225 microkeywaves of the Lightpad M add more tactile feedback, so you can interact with the surface in a deeper way and gauge each movement more precisely. A thicker, softer silicone layer enhances pressure-responsiveness.

Enhanced visual feedback
The surface of the Lightpad M is 50% brighter than the original Lightpad Block. It features higher-definition colors and a higher contrast display, so you can move more quickly between notes, instruments, and scales.

SOUNDS

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

Lightpad M comes with hundreds of sounds from funky synths to string sections to drums. They’re all custom-made for 5D Touch. Expand your collection by purchasing soundpacks from cutting-edge sound designers and world-famous artists like Grimes, RZA, and Steve Aoki. The universe keeps growing, with new soundpacks arriving every month.

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

An expanded suite of software for any music maker

Lightpad M comes with an expanded suite of high-powered music production programs. There’s something for everyone — from beginners to pros.

Products

NOISE

Start making music with NOISE, an app that includes 100+ sounds. It works wirelessly with Lightpad M, so you can play anywhere you have a connected device. iOS and Google Pixel only.

Equator Player

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

Ableton Live Lite

Turn the Lightpad M into a portable controller for Ableton Live, the renowned digital audio workstation (DAW). Through a customized integration you can play instruments and create tracks within Ableton Live — on the surface of one or multiple Lightpad Ms.

Strobe2 Player

A desktop sound player version of the acclaimed polysynth from FXpansion with 50 presets and 3 macros to play with.

Tracktion Waveform

A cutting-edge digital audio workstation from Tracktion. Waveform seamlessly integrates the Lightpad's multidimensional expression data and helps you visualise and edit your projects with a range of features that are approachable to learners while also powerful for professionals.

BLOCKS Dashboard

Control music software programs outside the NOISE and Equator environment. Lightpad M becomes a versatile controller for Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, and other plug-ins and programs.

Max MSP

Push the limits of musical creativity with Max MSP, an open-ended environment for custom music programming. Three-month trial license with every Lightpad M.

BLOCKS works with programs including:

Ableton

  • Live

FXpansion

  • Strobe2

Native Instruments

  • Kontakt
  • Massive

Bitwig

  • Studio

Apple

  • Logic Pro
  • Garageband

SampleModeling

  • SWAM

Cycling '74

  • MaxMSP

Spectrasonics

  • Omnisphere

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. 11 NOISE Soundpacks.
  3. Ableton Live Lite.
  4. Equator Player.
  5. Strobe2 Player.
  1. Tracktion Waveform 8.
  2. BLOCKS Dashboard.
  3. Max MSP License (Three Months).
  4. USB-C to USB-A Cable.
  5. Quick Start Guide.
  6. 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).

Connectivity / Ports

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

Battery

4 hour battery life.
2 hour charge time.

Bluetooth

15 meter Bluetooth range.

System Requirements

iPhone 6, 6 Plus or newer. iPad air or newer. iOS 9.0 or above. Google Pixel or Pixel 2. Mac OSX 10.10+ / Windows 7 / Windows 10.

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