Roli Blocks - Setup and Performance

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  • We invited Roli into the Sam Ash Spotlight to discuss their innovative Blocks System and to show you how to integrate the power of Blocks into your production workflow.

    Blocks is a true modular music studio with an extremely compact footprint. The unique design of Blocks allows you to simply snap additional surfaces together to expand your setup. Once your surface is set, you can use the Blocks Dashboard app on your desktop to customize the functionality of each part of the control surface.

    Where Blocks really sets itself apart from other controllers in the enhanced expression capabilities. The idea is to give the level of control you would expect from an acoustic instrument into the realm of your favorite soft synths, VST's and more. Blocks offers over 5 different expression capabilities that can be mapped to control different settings like filters and delays. You can even use the different expression capabilities to control different parameters of effects like the filter frequency, rate, and cut off.

    The Blocks System is the closest thing you will find to building your own custom controller. Ruben demonstrates using one block as a dedicated mixer but everything can be set to your preferences using the Roli Dashboard App on your desktop.
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