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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Jan 2019 > ROLI Blocks Songmaker/ Beatmaker Kits £549/£249

ROLI Blocks Songmaker/ Beatmaker Kits £549/£249

ROLI debuts two new Blocks Kits; slick packages of hardware and sotware curated for both the Songmaker and the Beatmaker. Erin Barra dives in…

Key features

MPE capability

Expressive and hands-on technology

Looks, feels and sounds great

iOS or desktop

Comes with a large software package

Dedicated MPE DAW (Waveform) for editing MPE data

Deep programming possibilities

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For those of you who are new to the ROLI universe, the company has been making waves by creating highly expressive hardware – Blocks – which connect five physical gestures to control over sound. Those 5D gestures (strike, press, glide, slide and lift) correlate to velocity, Z/aftertouch, X/pitchbend, Y/mod, and release velocity, respectively. Instead of sending typical MIDI messages, the Blocks sending MPE data which is similar to MIDI, but far more elaborate.

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About MusicTech

As another year sails off into the horizon, it’s time for us to take stock of the plethora of tech, gear, software, hardware and everything in-between that has landed on our doormat this year. Yep, you guessed it – the time is upon us once more to decide who receives our annual Gear Of The Year Awards. This year, we’ve once again enabled readers to vote for their favourite gear online, and, combined with our editorial deliberations, we have selected the ultimate winners for each category as well as those Highly Commended runners-up. Elsewhere, our pages are packed with tutorials, reviews of the latest hardware and software (some of which may make it into next year’s Gear Of The Year) and much, much more. We hope you enjoy the issue.