ROLI, for those unfamiliar with the brand, makes a fun series of "Blocks" that are used for creating music and are suitable for both beginners and professionals.
Designed to replace a traditional keyboard, the Seaboard Block has a soft, pressure sensitive surface so you can make music in a unique, tactile way using taps, swipes, and other gestures.
ROLI says its Seaboard Block supports five dimensions of touch (strike, glide, slide, press, and lift) and offers a 24 keywave, two octave playing surface. It is wireless and small enough to be portable, so you can take it anywhere you go and make music wherever you are.
The Seaboard Block, priced at $299, can be used on its own, or it can be paired with the other ROLI Blocks like the Lightpad Block M, the Live Block, and the Loop Block. ROLI sells a Songmaker Kit that includes the Seaboard Block, the Lightpad M, and the Loop Block, all of which pair well together.
ROLI includes a suite of music making software for desktop and mobile devices with all of its products, and the Seaboard Block includes more than 200 free sounds for you to work with, along with options to purchase soundpacks from artists like Steve Aoki and RZA. With the Noise app for iOS, for example, you can start playing and experimenting with sound as soon as you download it and connect the Seaboard Block.
The Seaboard Block is designed for musicians of all skill levels, and for beginners, ROLI this week announced a new "Start Making It" initiative to inspire music creators in 2018. As part of this effort, ROLI is sharing advice from seasoned music makers along with tutorials, guides, and more through the ROLI Learning Hub.
Through April 12, ROLI is also including a free one-month subscription to Melodics with all Seaboard Block purchases, with Melodics offering a range of keyboard and finger drumming lessons.
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