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ROLI BLOCKS

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    Description
    Everyone can make music on BLOCKS, the most versatile music-making system ever made. BLOCKS is a modular music studio that’s for anyone — from beginners who have never taken a music lesson to pros who want to shape sound in new ways.

    A powerful instrument that’s easy to pick up

    Music is a language that everyone understands but few people can speak. BLOCKS changes that. It lets you make music naturally through intuitive gestures on a touch-sensitive playing surface. Each individual Block fits in your hand or your pocket, and they’re incredibly powerful. Just connect BLOCKS to NOISE, the free iOS app, and you have a wide array of sounds and effects to explore.

    Build as you grow

    BLOCKS introduces a new, modular way to make music. You can arrange your Blocks in many configurations to create kits that are perfect for you. The Blocks connect magnetically, so you simply add more Blocks to do more things. BLOCKS is a modular music studio that you build as your skills and interests grow.

    Start with the Lightpad Block

    The Lightpad Block is the center of the BLOCKS system. You make music through natural movements on the Block’s smooth, glowing, pressure-responsive surface. Drop beats and shape melodies by striking, sliding, and pressing your fingers on the surface. Illuminated grids help you find your notes. Light Trails guide you to learn musical gestures quickly. To get started on BLOCKS, all you need is a Lightpad Block and NOISE, the iOS app.

    Add lots of NOISE

    NOISE is the iOS app that powers BLOCKS. It’s free to download on iPhones and iPads. On NOISE you choose from over 100 sounds to play on your Lightpad Block. You also use the app to record loops — so you can easily make a track. Everything works wirelessly. With NOISE, BLOCKS becomes as powerful as a professional-grade synthesizer.

    Explore Software

    The Live Block and Loop Block make it even easier to access the features you use most to make music. At the touch of a button you can record your beats, play them back, switch scales, play chords and arpeggios, and more. They connect to your Lightpad Block with a click, putting even more control at your fingertips.

    Explore Live and Loop Block

    BLOCKS is for everyone — from beginners to world-renowned artists. World-renowned artists are creating custom soundpacks for BLOCKS, so you can build on the sounds they love.

    ROLI BLOCKS will democratize music production. It’s so intuitive and versatile. I’m always on the go, and BLOCKS is the most powerful mobile production tool I’ve ever used.

    Knees, tables, carseats, and lawns

    You can make music anywhere with BLOCKS. Play it on your knees, or play it on your kitchen counter. Take BLOCKS to the park. Each Block is lightweight and fits in your pocket, so you can carry them around as easily as a smartphone. Everything is wireless, so you don’t even need cords. BLOCKS opens up a new world of music-making — and a world of new places to make music.

    Share your music

    Music is social. Whatever made people want to create a drum circle around a fire or build a piano stool to seat two is still with us. NOISE.fm is a community that lets you share music made on NOISE, discover other music-makers, and collaborate with them. This means that BLOCKS and NOISE are a connected platform that lets you share your music with anyone.
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    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: ROM, Sampling
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: 1
    Waveforms: ROM
    ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
    Osc Modulation: Ribbon
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 1
    Timbrality: 1
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 100
    Storage: Internal, USB
    Editing: Bluetooth, USB, WIFI
    Case
    Case: Desktop
    Controls: Mod - Ribbon
    Display Type: LED, Backlit
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/8" Phone Jack, Stereo Headphone
    Production
    Year Released: 2016
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] roli.com

    Pricing
    List Price: $179 pad + $79 block - convert

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