Roli releases Blocks Dashboard as a beta

I’ve mentioned Roli’s Blocks product a few times and today they’ve released something new. Now you can connect Blocks to:

  • Apple: Logic Pro.
  • Ableton: Live.
  • Native Instruments: Kontakt, Massive.
  • Steinberg: Cubase.
  • Bitwig: Studio.
  • ROLI: Equator.
  • Spectrasonics: Omnisphere.
  • FXpansion: Strobe2, Synth Squad.
  • SampleModeling: Swam.
  • Cycling ’74: Max MSP (although there are already Max objects for Blocks I believe)

Whilst this isn’t strictly speaking about a mobile product it is a really useful way to use Blocks. You can find out more at Roli’s site.

Tomorrow we’re off to Loop, if you’re going to be there, please say Hi!

Ableton’s Loop summit starts on Friday this week and I’ll be there for the whole weekend with Heart n Soul presenting this workshop, and it would be great if you wanted to come along and find out more about what we do at Heart n Soul and, more importantly, how.

If you’re going to be around please say hello as it would be lovely to meet/catch up with as many people as possible.

Hope to see you this weekend.


And now Blocs Wave gets Ableton Live Export too

Well it’s been a bit of a day for apps adding an ‘export to live set’ feature. The latest is Blocs Wave, a bit of a fav of mine anyway, but this new update takes it up a notch really.

Start your tune in Blocs Wave, recording and tweaking sounds wherever you are. Then when you’re ready, export to Ableton Live. The enhanced integration names your pads, converts them to clips, sets the tempo, clip size, and arranges the sounds neatly onto the powerful Ableton Live Session grid.

For users of other DAWs, Blocs Wave also has a Project export option. This also collects all your sounds, including any tweaks, and creates a folder for you to easily transport them. You can then take this to any other DAW including Logic, Protools, Garageband, or even other apps.

For existing users on iPhone and iPad, this is a free update.

Highlight Features

  • Export all your project sounds to Ableton Live from iPad or iPhone
  • The Grid positions, names, tempo, pad colours are all maintained
  • For Non-Ableton Live users a project Export option can also be used

Other Improvements

  • Other minor improvements & bug fixes

Don’t forget that Blocs Wave is also on sale at the moment with 50% off:

And now Patterning has Ableton Live Export too

In the latest version of the excellent drum machine app Patterning we get a new Live export feature (just like Triqtraq below) and more beside. Here’s what’s new:

Ableton Live Set Export.
You can now create and export an Ableton Live Set directly from Patterning! Don’t have Live? Ableton Live 9 Lite is available free for Patterning users.

Export Settings

  • Consolidated “Export” menu for exporting Ableton Live Sets, Audio, and Patterning (.onps) files.
  • You can now export audio from “All Patterns,” quickly generating loops of your entire Patterning project at once.

Bug Fixes.

  • Audiobus Remote bug fix.
  • Fixed bug with animations on iOS 10.
  • Various bug fixes.

Who’s going to be at the Beautiful Octopus Club on Friday …


I’ve mentioned it before, but expect to hear a fair amount about the Beautiful Octopus Club over the next few days and we count down to Friday the 9th of September. In the next few days I wanted to mention a few of the people you can expect to see at the BOC this year on the fifth floor of the Royal Festival Hall.

This year we have a bigger SoundLab presence than any before and so much to try out and play with that you’re going to want a lot more than one evening to do it in. But BOC will only be there for one night, on the 9th. So please do come along.

For today I want to let you know about one of the great companies we’re going to have with us on Friday the 9th. I plan to tell you about them one at a time, but by the end of the week you’ll know exactly who to expect.

Let’s start with someone amazing. On Friday we’ll have Ableton with us showing Push 2 and making some great sounds. Of course the mobile music world is no stranger to Ableton as we now rely so heavily on Link for so much/

It’s great that we’ll have Ableton with us for the Beautiful Octopus Club this year. The fifth floor of the Festival Hall is going to be a great place to be on Friday. Come along, try stuff out and play. I’m looking forward to see you there.

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