Roli is launching Songmaker Kit Garageband featuring deep integration with the Mac OS version of Garageband. By extension, it runs seamlessly with Logic Pro X as well. I’ve had a chance to try out the Roli Seaboard and Lightpad at NAMM. They are very stimulating to play. As alternate MIDI input devices they stimulate your creativity in different ways, free from the tyranny of the traditional “note on, note off” piano keyboard interface we are all used to working with. They take some getting used to, but the additional gestures they respond to makes for a very expressive and musical “part creation” experience.
What Roli Says About Songmaker Kit for Garageband
The Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition allows music-makers to:
Start creating in minutes: Detailed onboarding films provide guidance from the moment of unboxing. Project templates — in styles from rock to hip hop — help learners make a first track quickly.
Compose and create easily: The kit is a seamlessly integrated environment of hardware and software. So music-makers have everything they need to make a track — from sounds to recording and editing tools — with one easy workflow.
Be more musically expressive: The touch-responsive surfaces of the Lightpad Block and Seaboard Block bring unparalleled expression to the hundreds of sounds available in GarageBand.
Perform with GarageBand: For the first time music-makers can perform live with GarageBand, which now has a deep integration with hardware controllers.
Access Logic: Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition works seamlessly with Logic Pro X, the professional recording studio on the Mac. Skilled electronic musicians can now enjoy all the benefits of the kit’s all-in-one studio solution.
Based on the piano keyboard, the Seaboard Block enables more musical expression on a soft surface that responds to pressure and other movements. Based on the drum pad, the Lightpad Block allows the same touch-responsive control of sound and can also be configured to launch loops, mix volume levels, and control other production features. The Loop Block — the third Block in the kit — provides faster control of recording and production.
The Songmaker Kit includes a huge suite of software including Equator, Cypher2 Player, and Strobe2 Player. Music-makers can now access specially selected sounds from Equator, ROLI’s premier sound engine, directly in GarageBand’s preset library.
The Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition is now available worldwide at apple.com, select Apple stores and ROLI.com for $599.95 (£549.95, €599.95). Watch Introducing the Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition to learn more about a plug-and-studio that brings more expression to a huge audience of macOS music-makers.
Check it out in action with Garageband here
Learn more about the Seaboard Block here.
Learn more about the Roli Lightpad Block here.