So, you’ve just opened up your new Blocks! Below we have a few simple steps to get you started making music with ease.

1. Charge your Blocks

The first thing your Block needs after its long sleep in the box is some juice!

charge using the inbox USB

  • Use the USB cable provided with your Lightpad or Seaboard Block to charge.
  • Connect the cable to the Lightpad or Seaboard Block and to a USB3 port on a computer or USB3 charger – if you're using a computer to charge, make sure the computer is also connected to power and awake.
  • The Lightpad or Seaboard Block will begin charging, but the LEDs may not light up until the Block is switched on.
  • iPhone chargers/adaptors may not charge the Lightpad or Seaboard Block, while iPad chargers work well.
    Advised chargers for BLOCKS
  • If you have a Live, Loop or Touch Block, take them out of their box and connect them to Lightpad or Seaboard Block’s DNA ports – these Control Blocks are charged via the magnetic DNA connectors.

2. Install the NOISE app on your mobile device

While your BLOCKS are charging, it’s time to install the NOISE app to make some noise!

NOISE icon

  1. Open up the App Store on your iOS device and search for “NOISE,” or open Google Play on your Google Pixel and search for “NOISE.” 
  2. Install the app on your mobile device – it’s completely free!
  3. Follow the instructions in the app to create your free account and use the app. Your account provides free cloud storage for your songs.

NOISE is a mobile app and can be used on any of the following devices:

  • 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
  • Google Pixel/Pixel 2
  • What about other Android devices?

If your device is not in this list, the NOISE app may not install, and BLOCKS will not work with your device. Note: to use BLOCKS with desktop apps, see Using ROLI Dashboard.

3. Connect your Blocks to the NOISE app

Now that your Blocks have had some time to charge, you can connect them to the NOISE app and start making music! See these videos for guidance, or simply follow the steps below:

  1. Switch your Lightpad or Seaboard Block ‘ON’ using the button on the front side of the Block – you can leave it charging while you play.
  2. Open NOISE, tap the cog in the top-right corner of NOISE to open the menu, then select CONNECT BLOCKS.
  3. If asked, switch on your mobile device's Bluetooth and go back to the NOISE app.
  4. A list of available Bluetooth devices will appear. Tap your Block (which is represented as its serial number) from the list to connect it to NOISE.
  5. Once your Lightpad or Seaboard Block is connected, snap any other Blocks to it by the magnetic DNA connectors – they are instantly connected to NOISE through the first Block!
  6. Go back to the NOISE app and strike your Blocks to start making music.
  7. Check out our Learning Hub to get familiar with the basic features.

4. Update firmware

If you haven't already done so, you'll want to make sure that your Blocks are updated to the latest firmware. 

If you have any questions about updating, feel free to follow our guide here!

5. Get more sounds!

There are plenty of new drum kits, groove kits, instruments and more to download! As a BLOCKS owner, you are eligible to download a selection of free instruments for the NOISE app.

Please note, the free soundpacks are not included with the BLOCKS Studio Editions. A lot of NOISE presets are included in ROLI Studio Player and ROLI Studio Drums.

To download soundpacks:

  1. With Blocks connected to NOISE, tap the cog in the top-right of the app to open the menu.
  2. Tap REGISTER BLOCKS, and the app will connect to the internet for a moment.
  3. Now that your Block is registered, go back to the app and hit the Soundpacks Store in the top-right, next to the cog.
  4. From here you can download your free soundpacks in the Bundles section, or purchase new soundpacks in the store. The soundpacks may take a few minutes to download (you might want to connect to wifi to save your data). Once they’re finished you can start playing them right away – just go to the instrument screen and tap left or right to browse through the instruments.

6. Set up your Blocks with Equator

BLOCKS come with the custom 5D software synthesizer Equator. Follow the steps in Using BLOCKS with Equator to start making expressive music on your computer. 

7. Learn with ROLI PLAY and your Lightpad Block

ROLI PLAY is an interactive introduction to the Lightpad Block, taking you through a few quick lessons that show you how to start making music in minutes on your Lightpad. Download ROLI PLAY from the App Store, and watch these helpful videos to get started making music quickly and easily with ROLI PLAY and your Lightpad Block.

Visit our Learning Hub for more tips on making music with BLOCKS. See more details on using BLOCKS with ROLI Dashboard and third-party instruments.