NAMM 2017: ROLI Announces Dashboard For Blocks Hardware To Enable DAW Control

ROLI's Lightpad Block will soon be able to control just about any MIDI software or hardware you can think of.  

ROLI's Blocks hardware has until now worked mainly with its Noise iOS app but the company has announced Dashboard, a new technology that will enable the Lightpad Block to work with Ableton Live, other DAWs and third party MIDI-controlled software and hardware. Currently in beta, it will let you use the Lightpad Block as a tactile MIDI controller to trigger all kinds of things. Check out this video where ROLI demonstrate controlling a third party software synth in Live as well as recording, looping and adding effects, all from the Blocks hardware.

There's a world of possibilities, like the option to use the pad as an X/Y pad controller for effects, record, loop and perform. Multiple Blocks can be chained together to provide an even larger, multi-stage modular controller environment. 

The beta version of the software will be available in February to anyone with a Lightpad Block. 

Learn more about ROLI BLOCKS here.

Check out the BLOCKS review on here.


Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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