ROLI has announced an addition to its Blocks system of MIDI controllers with the Lightpad Block M – which they say offers a ‘more sensitive and precise playing experience that is on par with ROLI’s premium instruments’.
Features of the Lightpad M include:
- Microkeywaves. Inspired by the wave-like undulation of keywaves on the surface of ROLI’s Seaboard instruments, the microkeywaves of the Lightpad 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 M is 50% brighter than the original Lightpad Block. It features a higher contrast display and a much richer range of color definition.
ROLI has also updated Noise to version 3.0.
The newest version of ROLI’s freemium app introduces improvements to clip launching, clip editing, and user-interface navigation as well as new acoustic sounds. They’ve also added an Audio Unit for iOS, which lets you play and edit with 400 sounds in GarageBand.
Pricing and Availability
The Lightpad M is now available for $199.95 (£189.95, €219.95), and will be available soon at retailers, including Apple stores.