Roli Blocks Modular Music Studio

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Blocks is a modular music studio that promises to ‘open up the world of music-making to everyone’. Each individual block offers unique capabilities that enable people to create music in simple but far-reaching ways. The Blocks connect together to create customisable kits that suit any budget, skill level, and musical style. With a click of magnetic connectors, music-makers can now build their own instruments as they go.

Renowned artists including Grimes, Steve Aoki, and RZA are already making music on Blocks and creating signature soundpacks for Blocks musicians. “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,” said composer, and producer Grimes.

So far three Blocks have launched. The Lightpad Block features a tactile, glowing surface that lets people shape music through presses, glides, and other natural gestures, while the Live Block and Loop Block have controls to make it even easier to perform and produce in real time.

The gadget is powered by Noise, a free music app for iPhone and iPad that is now available at the App Store. Noise connects to Blocks wirelessly over Bluetooth, becoming the system’s sound engine as well as a standalone app.

“Many areas of life have been transformed by the digital. Music, though, remains a universal language that everyone understands, but only a few can speak. Blocks will change that, and enable people around the world to experience the joy of music-making for the first time,” said founder and CEO of Roli and inventor of Blocks.

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