Roli has released the Songmaker Kit, a portable music studio for creating a track anywhere using gear that is three music-making devices in one. The kit showcases ROLI BLOCKS, the modular music creation system that launched in 2016.
The Songmaker Kit — priced at $649.95 (£549.95, €599.95) — comes with a software bundle worth more than $400. Each software tool integrates perfectly with the MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) capabilities of ROLI BLOCKS controllers. Equator, ROLI’s premium software synthesizer, is part of the package along with two digital audio workstations — Tracktion Waveform and Ableton Live Lite — and Strobe2 Player. The kit combines the Seaboard Block, Lightpad Block M, and two controllers. The tactile, touch-responsive surfaces of these Blocks — both released within the past year — introduce a whole new way to shape sound and create songs. The Loop Block, which helps to record tracks and toggle between sounds, completes the kit.
What Is Roli Blocks?
BLOCKS is the instrument that is designed to grow with you. Start with one Block, connect more together, and expand your instrument as you build your skills. The two centrepieces of the system are the Lightpad Block and the Seaboard Block that feature soft, touch-responsive surfaces. Anyone can get started with the Lightpad Block and the ROLI PLAY app. Skilled musicians can start with several Blocks together and enjoy a huge suite of free music software. Flexible and approachable, BLOCKS has something for everyone.