For this week's giveaway, we've once again teamed up with ROLI, this time to give away one of the company's LightPad Block M music making devices.

For those unfamiliar with ROLI, it's a company that makes a fun, modular music creation system called Blocks, designed for everyone from beginners to professionals.

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The Lightpad M, priced at $200, is a key component in the ROLI system. Lightpad M supports pressure-based multi-touch gestures on its light-up grid surface to make music. The Lightpad M can recreate the sounds of cellos, flutes, drums, violins, and hundreds of other instruments with simple, intuitive touch gestures.


It also supports beats, chords, melodies, and more, and it ships with more than 200 sounds, with options to add more through an accompanying suite of apps that work with the Lightpad M.

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Gestures include a strike for sounding a note, a side to side glide to change pitch, an up and down slide to modulate sound, a press for a deeper sound, and lift to change resonance.

There's a soft, silicone top layer on the Lightpad M for precise control, and the top of the square-shaped accessory lights up in hundreds of colors when touched. Microkeywaves on the silicone surface of the Lightpad M offer pleasing tactile feedback, and it's sensitive enough that even a light touch makes music.

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You can fit the Lightpad M in the palm of your hand, so it's small enough to go anywhere, and it offers a wireless connection.

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The Lightpad M is designed to connect to and work with the rest of the ROLI Blocks system, including the Seaboard Block, Live Block, Loop Block, and Touch Block.


We have a ROLI LightPad Block M to give away to a MacRumors reader. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach winners and send prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

The contest will run from today (April 6) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on April 13. The winner will be chosen randomly on April 13 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen.

Top Rated Comments

mixel Avatar
41 months ago
Remember, back in the day, when you would actually have to learn how to play an instrument?
You still have to learn to play an instrument.. If you want to play an instrument. Stuff like this is a fun extra. If anything that seaboard block looks more complex than using a standard keyboard and would take as much learning as anything else.
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twistedpixel8 Avatar
41 months ago
Don't get me wrong, it does look like a cool and fun box. But I disagree that it's more complex than learning a standard keyboard. I trained on piano for decades and I still am nowhere near the level of professionals. This box essentially plays back pre set riffs, sequences and sounds. Yes, there's a learning curve but it isn't even in the same conversation as mastering piano, guitar, violin, etc.
I own things like this for producing electronic music (hobby, not professional) and I think unless you have actually tried to play one (or other types like Seaboard Block) you can’t really accurately comment. I’m not having a go at you, I’m just saying that these things look a lot easier to play than they actually are. Yeah, making it just play loops is easy enough but to actually learn how far to slide your finger, when you need to release, how hard to press, which areas harmonize with other areas, etc. is actually very difficult. It’s not like these touch app looping music “creators” where all the timing and stuff is done for you. Well, it can do things like that but if you use it like that it’s a waste of money.
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