Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: ROLI Lightpad Block Studio Edition: Super Powered Midi Controller Drumpad, Includes desktop software suite with 400+ sounds, effects, and production tools, Compatible with leading DAWs and plugins
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It’s a toy. As a toy is probably ok but for an instrument it is not very useful.
The pads sensitivity isn’t consistent, it is not sensitive enough overall, there’s no way to shift octaves as even it’s control software locks you out of you have logic or something open - so if you want to shift what it sends down an octave you have to exit logic first. In non-MPE mode (so how you’ll use it for all your existing synths) it doesn’t even have the features of a normal midi controller - for example, pitch bend commands only work for the first note in a multi-note run.
The switching modes feature it’s supposed to have doesn’t work all the time - so right now, for example, mine won’t switch into MPE mode when using Equator unless I also have Roli studio drums open at the same time for some reason.
In general their software is unreliable for quite a large number of reasons.
Their support is terrible. You’ll get an email saying that they will respond in a couple days but it’s actually weeks later - if at all.
I came here to start a return and I’m out of my window. So now I’m stuck with a very expensive toy.
My only real purpose for this thing was to use it as a small set of pads and as a key switch for articulations in virtual instruments. Even for these purposes it fails miserably, which is pretty bad considering how simple those use cases are.
encountered smelly corporate malarky at every corner
first off someone at roli clearly has decided their software needs to be a convoluted mess that is more about wanting to become a music app store with deception in mind than being for making music
second, the hardware functionality is a definite afterthought with hidden fees and obsolescence in mind
first tried to use it as advertised, midi class compliant standalone device, it's not compatible with popular hardware
at random short intervals it turns itself off, weeks later support provided excuses and no fix, "we haven't tested it on your device yet" 1010music blackbox, a popular piece of hardware with a usb midi host and other devices work just fine with it, I suspect their firmware is telling it to shutdown because it's trying to have the blackbox charge their lithium battery instead of simply functioning as a midi device, people purchase a bluetooth widi device to get it to work, and then they complain the battery life is too short to be practical....
also, basic functionality like changing octaves, something every other midi controller I've used allows you to do easily, it's one of the most basic low hanging fruit features you could conceive of if you're a musician, to do this you have to purchase one of the other blocks, they split the feature out, and these blocks are overpriced due to the bundled software, if you own one device you're now paying extra for something you already own
next is the buggy software, they claim it comes bundled with scope 2, you do not get a license for scope 2, you have to login to roli.com download roli connect, install roli equator, some scope 2 features are in equator now, you have to login to equator to pretend to use scope 2
side note: if you try to transfer ownership, you lose scope 2 because you lose equator, you cannot use scope 2 standalone because you have to login to your roli account and you no longer have it, the new owner also does not get it either, unless they pay a $70 fee, deceptive double bait and switch
roli connect gets greyed out controls and doesn't work, buggy, others have the same issue, not fixed yet
then you have roli dashboard, to adjust settings on the hardware, then you have roli player, and roli drums, and sometimes you have to close one to use the other, or restart everything
in other words, some corporate joker who clearly is not a musician is muggling up the music writing workflow with bad decisions, bait and switch and false advertisement
Mostly got the Lightpad to modify different parameters within Rolli Studio / Logic while playing, and for that purpose it works pretty well. Recommended, though pricey for just that one feature. However, if you're getting this primarily for a drumpad or XYZ pad, it's not really good enough. The edges take a lot more force to register at the same pressure level compared to the center. It also has a pretty low resolution, causing a diagonal drag across the surface to "stair step" when used as an XYZ pad. When used as a drumpad the 4x4 grid pushes the tiny little squares right up against the edges, and it's super easy to miss beats because you didn't hit the sweet spot.