March 28, 2018 — ROLI’s Songmaker Kit, a portable music studio for creating a track anywhere, is now available worldwide after a successful limited release on ROLI.com. Sweetwater, Guitar Center, and Amazon are among the retailers that today begin selling the forward-thinking kit that is three music-making devices in one.
Songmaker Kit combines the Seaboard Block and Lightpad Block M, two cutting-edge controllers that have been hailed by professional reviewers as “insanely expressive” and “supremely powerful and arguably unique.” The tactile, touch-responsive surfaces of these Blocks — both released within the past year — introduce a whole new way to shape sound and create songs. The Loop Block, which helps to record tracks and toggle between sounds, completes the kit.
The Songmaker Kit — priced at $649.95 (£549.95, €599.95) and selling for a $599 street price — comes with a software bundle worth more than $400. Each software tool integrates perfectly with the MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) capabilities of ROLI Blocks controllers. Equator, ROLI’s premium software synthesizer, is part of the package along with two digital audio workstations — Tracktion Waveform and Ableton Live Lite — and Strobe2 Player. Customized integration of hardware, software, and sounds make Songmaker Kit far more than the sum of its parts.
The kit showcases ROLI Blocks, the modular music creation system that launched in 2016. While it’s possible to create dozens of kits with different Blocks, the Songmaker Kit’s combination of Seaboard Block, Lightpad Block M, and Loop Block is a tried and tested configuration for next-level music-making. During its limited release, the kit was met with huge demand and sold out several times.
Watch the video below to learn more. One can order the kit from ROLI.com or one of the retailers in the list below to start making music anywhere.
The Songmaker Kit comes with a stylish Snapcase that protects the Blocks when travelling. It holds the Seaboard Block, Lightpad Block M, and Loop Block together so you can play on any surface.
Amazon.com, Guitar Center, Sweetwater, B&H Photo, Musician’s Friend, zZounds, American Musical Supply, Alto Music, Hollywood DJ, Laservision World/AVL Gear, Pitbull Audio, K&M Camera, Guitars Etc, Kraft Music, Full Compass, and Anti-Foundation are now taking orders for the Songmaker Kit.
SONGMAKER KIT PACKAGE:
Each kit includes the following hardware and software tools:
1x Seaboard Block
1x Lightpad Block M
1x Loop Block
1x Songmaker Kit 3/8 Snapcase
1x USB-C charging cable
Ableton Live Lite
We are creating the future of musical instruments. Our revolutionary touch-responsive interfaces make every movement musical on the Seaboard Grand, Seaboard RISE, Seaboard Block, Lightpad Block, Noise app, ROLI PLAY app, and other hardware and software tools. Chief Creative Officer Pharrell Williams and other renowned artists love the Seaboard and Blocks, which are also opening up music to learners and extending the joy of music creation to everyone. Learn more at ROLI.com and Facebook.com/roli.
About ROLI Blocks
Blocks is the instrument that grows with you. Start with one Block, connect more together, and expand your instrument as you build your skills. The centerpieces of the system are the Lightpad Block and the Seaboard Block, two powerful music-making devices that feature soft, touch-responsive surfaces. Anyone can get started with the Lightpad Block and the ROLI Play app. Skilled musicians can start with several Blocks together and enjoy a huge suite of free music software. Flexible and approachable, Blocks has something for everyone.