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FAQs / Loop Block

System Requirements

Which Block Should I Get First?

The Lightpad Block, an incredibly powerful and versatile musical surface, is the center of the BLOCKS system and is required to use the Live and Loop Blocks.

The Live Block makes it easier to perform. The controls let you switch scales and octaves, play chords and arpeggios, and sustain notes in real time.

The Loop Block makes it easier to layer sounds into a song. The controls helps you set your tempo, record loops, and quantize your loops so they snap in time with the tempo.

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What kind of device do I need to use NOISE and BLOCKS?

NOISE, the musical heart of BLOCKS, is designed for iOS devices running iOS 9.0 or higher. NOISE can take advantage of Apple’s 3D Touch capabilities on the iPhone 6s or higher and the iPad Pro. 3D Touch capabilities are not required as the Lightpad Block offers 5D Touch. The following iOS devices have been tested and are supported:

  • iPhone 6 or higher
  • iPhone SE
  • iPad Mini 4 or higher
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Pro (9.7 and 12.9 inches)
  • iPod Touch 6th Generation
What about Android?

While NOISE is currently available only for iOS devices, NOISE is made with JUCE, which is a cross-platform framework, and our goal is to make NOISE as accessible as possible on all platforms as soon as we can.

At the moment, Android devices from many different manufacturers vary with regard to such things as display drivers, screen size, and aspect ratio. More significantly, Android 7 (“Nougat”) – while suitable for high-quality audio apps – currently operates on only a small percentage of Android devices, so Android-compatible versions of our apps would run on only a very limited number of devices.

We hope to see more devices supporting high-quality audio, and we look forward to making NOISE even more accessible very soon.

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Features

How should I use the BLOCKS system together?

You will need to have the Lightpad Block, which is the center of the BLOCKS system. The Live Block or Loop Block will connect to the Lightpad Block. Then you may connect the Blocks to NOISE.

General Information

What is BLOCKS?

BLOCKS is the most accessible and versatile music creation system ever made. It is a modular music studio that is powerful and intuitive, offering unique capabilities that let people make music. The Blocks connect together to create customizable kits that suit any budget, skill level and musical style. Each Block has specific capabilities and connects together physically through BLOCKS DNA connectors and wirelessly through Bluetooth.

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What is the Loop Block?

The Loop Block makes it easier to layer sounds into a song. The controls helps you set your tempo, record loops, and quantize your loops so they snap in time with the tempo.

Click here for more details.

When will I be able to try BLOCKS in my country?

BLOCKS will be made available in more locations around the world over the holiday season. Check back on ROLI.COM, sign up for the ROLI newsletter, and try NOISE, the free modular music app that lets you create music in minutes.

How should I use the BLOCKS system together?

You will need to have the Lightpad Block, which is the center of the BLOCKS system. The Live Block or Loop Block will connect to the Lightpad Block. Then you may connect the Blocks to NOISE.

Can you plug headphones into it?

To use headphones with BLOCKS, simply connect your Blocks to NOISE, the free modular music app, and connect headphones to your iOS device.

Getting Started

How should I use the BLOCKS system together?

You will need to have the Lightpad Block, which is the center of the BLOCKS system. The Live Block or Loop Block will connect to the Lightpad Block. Then you may connect the Blocks to NOISE.

Which Block Should I Get First?

The Lightpad Block, an incredibly powerful and versatile musical surface, is the center of the BLOCKS system and is required to use the Live and Loop Blocks.

The Live Block makes it easier to perform. The controls let you switch scales and octaves, play chords and arpeggios, and sustain notes in real time.

The Loop Block makes it easier to layer sounds into a song. The controls helps you set your tempo, record loops, and quantize your loops so they snap in time with the tempo.

Click here for more details.

Can you plug headphones into it?

To use headphones with BLOCKS, simply connect your Blocks to NOISE, the free modular music app, and connect headphones to your iOS device.

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