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.
Pharrell Williams has invested in ROLI and become its Chief Creative Officer. The multi-touch instrument company announced that Pharrell will be helping them design the “next generation of music creation devices”. Best known for its Seaboard device, ROLI have created forward-thinking dynamic instruments, having introduced their modular BLOCKS system last year, and the updated Lightpad M only last month.
ROLI have added the Lightpad M to their versatile touch-based controller and instrument range BLOCKS. Based on a portable and modular multi-touch pad, the Lightpad M adds a new ‘microkeywave’ system taken rom the flagship ROLI Seaboard range, a redesigned silicone surface with 255 ‘microkeywaves’ to enhance its sensitivity and is 50% brighter than the original.
ROLI has announced Seaboard Block, a smaller, more affordable version of its award-winning touch keyboard.
The original ROLI keyboard — which came to prominence thanks to its unique gesture control — retails between £799 and £8,888, whilst the new keyboard is only £299.
The keyboard parameters can be controlled in five dimensions; strike, glide, slide, press and lift. The keyboard also works with the company's modular Blocks system, further increasing the possibiliities for musicians and live performers.
ROLI has launched a collection of Soundpacks from Steve Aoki and RZA of Wu-Tang Clan. The custom-made soundpacks are available to anyone making music on BLOCKS and NOISE — ROLI's new music creation system.
DJs and producers can explore a huge range of sounds with the Neon Future pack by Steve Aoki, or the Spoonful of Grit pack by RZA, there are also seven other soundpacks that ROLI has released including Giant Dubstep, World Colours, Video Games, and Expressive Electronic.
ROLI are back with yet more innovative products for creating music. Not one to rest on their laurels, the brains behind ROLI have launched the latest in music tech innovation, BLOCKS.
ROLI BLOCKS is a modular music studio that opens up the world of music production to everyone. ROLI's blocks connect together to create customisable kits to suit any budget, skill level, and musical style.
There are three blocks that have been initially launched, and with a click of magnetic connectors, music-makers can combined the blocks to build their own custom instruments as they go.