Well this is a really interesting development for Roli. They’ve extended their Blocks range today with a new Seaboard Block and it’s very reasonably priced indeed at £279 / $299. That makes the Seaboard Block very accessible and reachable for musicians, and will make a good addition to anyone who’s already got a Lightpad Block.
What’s more they’ve updated their iOS app too as follows:
Introducing the Seaboard Block, Touch Block and My Studio!
- You now tap on the instrument icon to switch to a Seaboard View and either play on-screen or connect a Seaboard Block
- Configure what Block controls what track and extend your BLOCKS playing surface using My Studio. Also use it to manage your hardware, such as checking your BLOCKS hardware are up-to-date
- Adjust the 5D settings for each connected Block by either attaching a Touch Block or in the advanced settings of My Studio
Other updates and fixes:
- 6 new exciting soundpacks that showcase the expressive capabilities of the Seaboard Block
- Updated onboarding screens, allowing you to skip and replay them at any time
- Visual improvements throughout app
NOISE on the app store:
More good Raspberry Pi news today. Audio Injector Zero sound card for the Raspberry Pi launched on Kickstarter and it’s very reasonably priced too. This one works with the Pi Zero as well, so it’s tiny! You can find out more on their campaign page.
I’ve seen a lot of proprietary controller apps over the years, but since Novation brought out their circuit I can’t say that I’ve noticed very much for it. So I’m sure that circuit owners will be pleased about this app. Here are the details:
MIDISynth Circuit provides full editing of the two synth engines on the Novation Circuit Synthesizer.
Patches can be retrieved and uploaded to the Circuit using the editor and transferred to a computer for archiving. Using this mechanism it is also possible to upload patch sets available from Novation Components.
Full control of the session sections of the synth are provided and presets can be saved and recalled( due to technical limitations, no interaction for Novation Components is available for session settings).
Additional functionality is available in the form of in app purchases for random generation/tweaking of patches, morphing between patches, 4 XY user-definable XY controls and 16 user definable controls.
The 4 XY controls, 16 custom controls and the macro controls are brought together on the performance screen for easy control of your favourite parameters whilst performing.
Please note this app requires a Novation CIrcuit to operate – it goes not generate any sound itself. Please note that due to technical limitations this app requires a USB connection to Circuit in order to operate correctly. Please note this is an independent product and there is no link or affiliation with Novation Music.
MIDISynth Circuit costs $14.99 on the app store:
This seems to be moving forward well now. Which is excellent news. Between this and the KDJ-One I’m looking forward to getting some new hardware in the not too distant future.
I’m really glad to see that this little device is really coming along nicely. I’m far more hopeful that it’ll see the light of day now.
Which is brilliant news for everyone who backed it, and also for anyone who’s interested in seeing this come to life. The KDJ-One could be an amazing device for mobile music making, so it becoming a reality is a big deal as far as I’m concerned.
You might remember me talking about Patchblocks, originally when the hardware first launched, then again when they crowdfunded for equity. Now they’re back on Kickstarter with a whole new set of hardware. The mini jam studio. You can find it on Kickstarter now, and it’s already doing well. You can also listen to below: