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Music made mobile

NOISE is a free iOS app that makes music mobile, so you can sketch musical ideas anywhere you take your connected device. Using simple, easy-to-learn gestures, you can create beats, melodies, and songs with a huge library of sounds. Play NOISE on your phone or tablet, and extend its musical powers by pairing NOISE with ROLI BLOCKS.

  • Download on the App Store
  • Compatibility
  • iOS only
  • No Android support


Free expression

  • 04 Icon SoundsSpeaker
    400+ sounds available
  • 01 Icon 5DTouch
    5D Touch technology makes your touchscreen musical
  • 09 Icon Grids
    Choice of interfaces for playing and a variety of scales
  • 03 Icon Learn
    Learn mode helps you learn musical gestures
  • 10 Icon Applei0S
    iOS compatible
  • 11 Icon Android
    Limited Google Pixel compatibility. No support for other Android devices
  • 14 Icon WirelessOverBluetooth
    Pairs wirelessly with BLOCKS


Unlock the musical expressiveness of a glass surface

Every movement is musical with NOISE. Shape sound through Five Dimensions of Touch on a glass surface. They’re gestures that you already know and use on your mobile. Press into the surface. Glide side to side and slide up and down. It’s simple and intuitive, and most of all it’s fun!


Strike to sound a note


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


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


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


Lift to change a sound’s resonance


Choose your sound

NOISE comes with a library of sounds that includes guitar leads, deep dark synths, and amazingly life-like cellos and saxophones. Discover your sound, and add to your collection by purchasing additional soundpacks. Artists like Grimes, Rudimental and RZA of Wu-Tang Clan have crafted original NOISE soundpacks, so you can build your music with their sounds.

Colours Of India by A. R. Rahman's KM Music Conservatory

Add authentic Indian colour to your tracks with realistic instruments from A. R. Rahman’s KM Music Conservatory. Weave wondrous melodies and rhythms using the Veena, Tabla and more timeless sounds from one of the world's great musical civilizations.

Available for download in the NOISE app now


Choose your layout

NOISE lets you choose from two instrumental interfaces. Both of them are modelled on award-winning physical instruments from ROLI: the Seaboard and the Lightpad Block. Seaboard View is laid out like a keyboard, and the Lightpad View has a grid layout based on a drum pad. Use one for beats and the other for melodies, or switch between them on the fly.


A handheld music studio

NOISE has a collection of instruments for playing tunes, but it’s also a studio for recording and building songs. Pick a sound, sketch out a musical idea, and record it as a loop. Do the same with other sounds. Switch to Song View, and trigger your loops one by one. Switch up the sequence. Build amazingly multi-layered tracks — all in one app.


Hear the effects of your performance

Take your NOISE performances to the next level with 24 astounding audio effects. Explore reverb, distort, delay, beat repeat and many more effects — all guaranteed to add another layer of expression to your tracks when you play or perform.


NOISE: Music's building BLOCKS

The power of NOISE grows when you connect to BLOCKS, the modular music-making system. Pairing wirelessly, NOISE is the software engine of BLOCKS. Get started with the Lightpad Block or Seaboard Block. Their pressure-responsive surfaces introduce a whole new plane of musical expression.


Plug NOISE into the GarageBand app

Bring your favorite NOISE sounds directly into GarageBand, Apple's popular music production program, through the NOISE Audio Unit plug-in. Now you can build and edit tracks in GarageBand with over 400 expressive sounds in NOISE. Don't just be a player. Be a producer — with GarageBand.


Jam with friends via Ableton Link

Collaborate with other music creators in real time over Ableton Link. The tempo of your music will sync across devices, so it's easy to play together on NOISE or a whole range of compatible music making apps.

Share your music in a world of NOISE is a community for sharing music made with NOISE, discovering other music-makers, and collaborating with them on projects. Music is social, helps you be more creative by connecting with other people.


400+ Sounds

Explore over 400 acoustic, synthetic, and percussion sounds, custom-made by world-class artists and sound designers

5D Touch

Control sound intuitively through Strike, Press, Glide, Slide and Lift.

Drop beats

Tap the surface like you’re playing live drums. Go way beyond drum pads, and make beats more expressively with 5D Touch.

Play melodies

Play melodies with a variety of acoustic and synthetic sounds.

Record loops

Record one, two, four or eight-bar loops of beats and melodies.

Build songs

Build a song by arranging and layering loops.


Choose from 15 different scales. Hide notes that are not in tune with that scale.

Chord Mode

Turn on Chord Mode, and play a chord every time you strike a note.

Arp Mode

Turn on Arp Mode, and play an arpeggio every time you strike a note.


Build up complex rhythms or harmonies on each instrumental track.

Mixer Mode

Turn up and down (or off) the volume of individual tracks.

Two instrumental interfaces

Play on Seaboard View, which is laid out like a keyboard. Or Lightpad View, a grid layout based on a drum pad.

NOISE Soundpack Store

Browse a huge variety of additional soundpacks from performing artists and renowned sound designers. Purchase them seamlessly in-app.

Bluetooth connection to BLOCKS

NOISE pairs wirelessly with BLOCKS, ROLI’s modular music-making system, and becomes the sound engine for BLOCKS controllers.

Ableton Link enabled

Jam together on NOISE or other music making apps over Ableton Link.

Join a musical community

Join, a social community for sharing music made on NOISE

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NOISE: Make music in minutes

Tech Specs

Apple Compatibility

iPhone 6 or higher.
iPhone SE.
iPad Mini 4 or higher.
iPad Air 2 or newer.
iPad Pro (9.7, 10.5 and 12.9 inches).
iPod Touch 6th Generation.
Visit iTunes for a complete list of devices supporting NOISE for iOS.

Android Compatibility (Limited)

Google Pixel.*
Google Pixel 2.*
*NOISE for Android does not support performance effects or SWAM soundpacks by Audio Modeling.

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