"bear w me but gonna nerd out 4 a sec & also typing w fake nails so forgive typos. also tried to simplify my language but apologize if it doesnt make sense 2 non musicians or if its overkill if u do happen to know what im talking about; So a couple months ago Roli hit me up about making sound packs for their new hardware/ software intrument/thingy called Blocks, which I'm v excited abt cuz i make a lot of sound packs @ home and Am v keen to give it a try for somebody else, plus have just generally enjoyed making music on this thing. Essentially, It's sort of a synth-you can load different sounds into it from the software and create beats and instrumentals. The software element is where u access the sounds (u can access the software without the hardware on an ipad or smthn if u want to get an idea of the style of sounds and some of the features). It's great for beginners becuz you can do things like choose a scale and then it visually lays it out for you so that if you don't have formal training you can see/ understand how to compose a piece of music in a specific key. Anyhoo, the thing i really love about this is that allows you to start producing music without necessarily having a lot of experience. (although if ur deep in it its still really fun -- u can synch up the apps w DAWS like ableton if you want). it's also 'multi timbral' like the seabord rise-- so u can intuitively alter parameters like vibrato or whatever with ur fingers, you can make synths sound almost like natural vocals or violins etc. plus its cheap /portable. lastly, It's modular, meaning you can buy the small individual pieces and slowly build the machine that suits you best and kind of design it yourself, rather than making a giant initial investment and theres no wires, they just kinda connect like lego. so yeah, I obviously get 2 stoked on gear sometimes, but I feel really passionate about this in particular because i believe it will bring the art of music production to more ppl & stoked that they asked me to be involved in creating sounds for it (alongside some v cool producers) haha."more
Quality is pretty good but you need a lot of pressure to get notes out of it. With this much pressure its not easy to slide over the surface. I have MK1, maybe it´s better on MK2 but couldn't test it.
Although a great step forward in MPE technology, the original Lightpad Block is a little unresponsive. The updated version, the Lightpad Block M, is much better and fixes these issues.