The BLOCKS Studio Edition hardware models are the same as the current ones, but as a result of considerable firmware development since the original BLOCKS launch, they now offer more accurate finger tracking, and as a result better MPE, in addition to improved multi-block connectivity.
The ROLI Studio desktop software is more powerful, extensive, and deeply integrated than anything we've ever paired with BLOCKS. So we've reoriented BLOCKS around ROLI Studio. ROLI Studio is about to come out of a 6-month beta testing period, and we’re launching Studio Editions to coincide with the desktop software release. While you may have had access to RSP Beta for a little while, Studio Edition's will launch with ROLI Studio Drums, which offers MPE drums on desktop for the first time, and features a built-in groove generator.
In addition to getting the latest Blocks and ROLI Studio software, buyers of the new editions get a full license to the Strobe2 synth.
If you’re already a BLOCKS owner, you can access ROLI Studio for free. You can download the full software via ROLI Connect when it comes out of beta on October 31.
Hope that clears things up,
What's the difference then between the GarageBand Edition and the Studio Edition, apart from the fact one has LOOP and the other a LIVE Block?
I asked about this info through tech support and was told hardware/firmware is the same, and for software:
"There are no hardware differences between the two Lightpad's, only in the software entitlement. The Lightpad SE comes with the full version of Strobe2 and a 6-month Max MSP License. The Lightpad M comes with the player version of Strobe2, a 3-month Max MSP License, a 3-months Melodics License as well as Tracktion Waveform 8. Both Lightpad's come with Equator and Cypher2 Player, Abelton Lite Live and access to Connect, Studio Player and Studio Drums."