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ROLI's LUMI keyboard teaches you to play music

The product will launch later this year following a successful Kickstarter campaign...

ROLI LUMI keyboard
ROLI LUMI keyboard

London-based music technology company ROLI is set to launch a new keyboard and app called LUMI later this year following a successful crowdfunding campaign.

The company says that the illuminated keyboard and accompanying app will make you "more musical in minutes", giving you the opportunity to jam with the instrument and play along with tracks using a Guitar Hero-style system

The app will give you scores based on how you played and you can pick certain parts of songs to play along with. The list of tracks available through the app has not yet been shared. As you get better, you can move on from the Guitar Hero-inspired system of illuminated falling blocks onto reading and playing along with sheet music.

ROLI says the LUMI's keys are "optimized for the average human hand", in contrast to its Seaboard and Blocks products. 

It's expected to start shipping from October 2019 having been fully funded via a Kickstarter campaign launched by the company. You can watch a promo video below.

Late last year, Novation launched a MIDI keyboard with a built-in sequencer and CV output, while Native Instruments and Nils Frahm teamed up in March to launch a new piano plugin.

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