Lightpad Block

An incredibly powerful and versatile musical surface

SRP £169.96 inc VAT

Lightpad Block

The Lightpad Block is an affordable 5D MIDI controller and the centrepiece of ROLI BLOCKS, the modular music studio. On the Block’s pliable, pressure-sensitive surface you shape sound through gliding, pressing, lifting and other intuitive gestures. The surface is a glowing grid of squares that guides you to make beats and shape melodies.

Customize your kit through the addition of the Live Block, which helps you perform in real time, or the Loop Block, which helps you produce in real time.

The Lightpad Block is powered by NOISE, a free iOS app that doubles as a high-powered soft synth. NOISE connects to the Lightpad Block wirelessly via MIDI over Bluetooth.

This new generation of expressive pad controller is groundbreaking in its portability, affordability, and versatility to making any kind of sound. And the possibilities only begin with this Block, which can be connected to others in a modular, customizable system. 

Recommended for:

Aspiring, proficient, and professional musicians who want a versatile 5D MIDI controller that they can take anywhere.

What’s in the Box:

ROLI Lightpad Block
USB-C cable
Quick start guide

  • Integrates with popular DAWs and plug-ins including Logic, Ableton Live, Cubase, and Omnisphere via the included BLOCKS Dashboard.
  • Bundled with over 200 preset sounds, and options to download more sound through in-app purchases of NOISE Soundpacks including ones from acclaimed musicians like Steve Aoki and RZA.
  • Powered by the free iOS app NOISE
  • Play wirelessly wherever you are using Bluetooth, Lightpad Block and an iPhone or iPad
  • NOISE app lets you choose sounds, add effects, record loops, and launch loops to make a track
  • Intuitive controls for changing scales, playing chords and arpeggios, setting tempo, quantizing, and recording and undoing.
  • In Learn Mode, follow Lightpad Block’s unique Light Trails to learn musical gestures for shaping sounds on the new interface
  • Convenient handheld design with a 9.5-centimetre square surface fits neatly in a pocket
  • DNA connectors allow magnetic connection between Lightpad Block and other Blocks in the ROLI BLOCKS system
  • Charges through cable to USB-C port and through connection to other Blocks
Other FeaturesBluetooth
Bluetooth CompatibilityBluetooth 4.0
Power SourceBattery Power
Height2 cm/0.8 in.
Length9.45 cm/3.72 in.
Width9.45 cm/3.72 in.
Weight250 g

Customise BLOCKS for your workflow

Extend the power of your modular music studio through BLOCKS Dashboard, a versatile application that integrates BLOCKS with leading digital audio workstations (DAWs) and plug-ins. Control your favourite software in a new, intuitive, faster way.

BLOCKS Dashboard is now available to all BLOCKS creators as an open beta. ROLI is proud to engage with the BLOCKS community to develop new features that will make the application even more powerful and integral to a variety of workflows.

Download BLOCKS Dashboard here and check minimum system requirements there.

BLOCKS works with many other leading DAWs and plug-ins including:

•  Apple : Logic Pro X
• Ableton : Live
• Native Instruments : Kontakt, Massive
• Steinberg : Cubase
• Bitwig : Studio
• Spectrasonics : Omnisphere
• FXpansion : Strobe2
• SampleModeling : Swam
• Cycling ‘74 : Max MSP

The Lightpad Block, Loop Block, and Live Block become open-ended MIDI control surfaces through BLOCKS Dashboard. You can configure them through different programs and modes. Customise the LED-illuminated Lightpad Block as faders, a 4x4 drum pad, a continuous XYZ pad, and more. Use the Loop and Live Blocks as CC controllers for your favourite DAW.