You’re a musician too…
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.
More control is one click away
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.
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.
One small app, one powerful engine
BLOCKS is powered by NOISE, a music-making app that doubles as the software synthesizer and sound engine for the BLOCKS system. Everything works wirelessly, so anyone with an iPhone or iPad chooses their sound on NOISE and plays it on a Lightpad Block. This means that all of your software is on a conveniently portable device — as if it’s another Block in the system.
A studio in the palm of your hand
The NOISE interface makes it easy to build a track on BLOCKS. Your home screen is Instrument View, where you can choose a sound, play a sequence, and record it as a loop. Swipe downward to access Song View, where your loops are stored. Launch your loops simply by pressing a pad, and they way you arrange these loops will create a track. Return to Instrument View to play an instrument live, adding one more layer — and even more fun.
Over 100 sounds
The NOISE sound library includes drum sounds, acoustic-instrument sounds like violin, wind-instrument sounds like flute, and synthetic sounds like you’d hear in a video game or on the dance floor. There are over 100 sounds to play with, and you shape each one through subtle movements on the Lightpad Block’s surface.
BLOCKS and NOISE connect wirelessly over Bluetooth, so you can make music anywhere that you can pair devices. MIDI over Bluetooth technology frees you from the cords that tie up other electronic instruments. Take BLOCKS to the kitchen, to the park, or on a road trip — just like you would do with an acoustic instrument.
Build your sound library
ROLI sound designers and world-renowned artists are creating distinctive soundpacks for NOISE, so you can build the sound library that’s right for your music. Soundpacks from RZA, Steve Aoki, and other artists connect you to sounds that inspire them, while packs for EDM, dubstep, world, and more help you put a new spin on classic sounds from the genre. Each soundpack comes with up to 16 sounds, and they’re available through in-app purchase on NOISE.
– Lightpad Block
– USB-C to USB-A Cable
– Quick Start Guide
– iPhone 6, 6 Plus or newer
– iPad air or newer
– iOS 9.0 or above