ROLI and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd are pleased to announce immediate availability of the new ROLI Lightpad Block M.  The Lightpad Block M is the next generation of the Lightpad Block, a surface for sonic control, that launched in November 2016. 

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Photo above: The new ROLI Lightpad Block M (click for hi-res version)

Music-makers can recreate the sounds of drums, cellos, flutes, uplifting synths, and hundreds of other instruments just by touching the Lightpad Block, which is both a palm-sized music-making device in its own right and a piece of the expandable BLOCKS system. The Lightpad M creates an even more sensitive and precise playing experience that is on par with ROLI’s premium instruments like the Seaboard RISE.

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Photo above: ROLI Lightpad Block M (click for hi-res version)

Advancements of the Lightpad Block M include:

Microkeywaves. Inspired by the wave-like undulation of keywaves on the surface of ROLI’s Seaboard instruments, the microkeywaves of the Lightpad Block M provide additional tactile feedback on an already sensitive surface. They mark a major revision from the flat surface of the original Lightpad Block.

A redesigned silicone surface layer. A deeper, softer silicone layer — topped with 225 microkeywaves — enhances the pressure-responsive control of sound that defines the Lightpad Block.

Brighter surface illumination. The Lightpad Block M is 50% brighter than the original Lightpad Block. It features a higher contrast display and a much richer range of colour definition.

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Photo above: ROLI Lightpad Block M and the NOISE 3.0 app (click of hi-res version)

Ableton Live Lite: A customised version of Ableton Live, the acclaimed digital audio workstation (DAW), is now included with every Lightpad Block. Integration with Ableton Live Lite transforms the Lightpad Block into a versatile control surface for launching clips, controlling instruments, and creating tracks within Ableton Live.

Strobe2 Player: A desktop sound player version of the acclaimed polysynth from FXpansion. Strobe2 Player is fully compatible with MIDI Polyphonic Expression controllers like the Lightpad Block M. Explore 50 presets and 3 macros from Strobe2 — and upgrade to the complete Strobe2 synth for $79. Now available to all Lightpad Block and Seaboard Block owners.

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Photo above: ROLI Lightpad Block M and NOISE 3.0 (click for hi-res version)

Pricing and Availability

The ROLI Lightpad M is available now priced at £189.95 inc VAT.

The original Lightpad Block remains available priced at £169.95 RRP inc VAT. Sharing the expressiveness, versatility, and portability of the next-generation model, it remains the most affordable entry point into the BLOCKS system.

ROLI is exclusively distributed in the UK and ROI by Sound Technology Ltd. For more information please call 01462 480000 or visit

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