Established in 2009, ROLI is creating the future of musical instruments. From next-generation keyboards like the Seaboard to the modular music-making devices of BLOCKS, ROLI instruments are deeply expressive and intuitive to play. They are so versatile that they can sound like anything and be played anywhere.
Technologically advanced touch interfaces make every movement musical on the Seaboard GRAND, Seaboard RISE, Seaboard Block, Lightpad Block, NOISE app, and ROLI PLAY app — part of a growing family of ROLI products that are extending the joy of making music to everyone.
The ROLI Songmaker Kit is an incredibly high-powered yet flexible music creation kit — and the newest product from ROLI. Combining the expressive power of the Seaboard Block, Lightpad Block, and Loop Block, it gives you everything you need to make a track anywhere.
It's more than the sum of its parts. Play the Blocks together as an integrated controller, or play each Block by itself. Connect the kit to your favorite software, and map effects and functions to the incredibly responsives surfaces of the Lightpad and Seaboard Block. The huge software package includes Equator, Tracktion Waveform, and Ableton Live Lite (Ableton is also a May MIDI Month platinum sponsor).
Ableton Live, the high-powered digital audio workstation (DAW) and sequencer, is a staple in music production. Combining tools for composing, recording, beat-matching and crossfading, Ableton Live's versatility has made it a favorite of both producers and performers.
Now all Lightpad Blocks — including the new Lightpad Block M — seamlessly integrate with Ableton Live. And all Lightpad owners get Ableton Live 9 Lite for free! So you can enjoy the dynamism of Ableton Live and control the DAW in a totally new way.
Electronic duo PARISI are true virtuosic players of ROLI instruments, whose performances have amazed and astounded audiences all over the world — and their latest rendition of Michael Jackson's iconic pop hit "Billie Jean" is no exception.
ROLI has been an important contributor to MIDI and helped to make MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) a new part of the MIDI standard. Check out this article as MIDI Association advisory board member and MIDI Month Tip contributor Craig Anderton explains MPE and the links to the MPE coverage on MIDI.org.