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Luminary ROLI is revolutionizing music creation and education. Encompassing both the ROLI and LUMI brands, Luminary ROLI makes next-generation hardware and software instruments with the mission to make the world more musical. 

The Seaboard, ROLI’s award-winning keyboard, launched in 2014 to international acclaim. ROLI has been opening new frontiers in ...

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  • 11/20/202311/20/2023

Meet LUMI: Revolutionizing music creation and learning with colorful, expressive instruments

ROLI, the maker of next-generation hardware and software instruments, is injecting color into the black and white world of the piano with LUMI Keys. From fun habit-forming games on the LUMI app to the colorfully illuminated keyboard, LUMI’s fully interactive system is the world’s first all-in-one platform for learning piano.

The two versions of LUMI Keys–the Consumer Edition for learning piano and the Studio Edition for producers and performers–offer an entirely new...

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11/20/2023, Meet LUMI: Revolutionizing music creation and learning with colorful, expressive instruments
11/20/202311/20/2023, Meet LUMI: Revolutionizing music creation and learning with colorful, expressive instruments
Announcement
11/20/2023
Announcement
11/20/2023
ROLI, the maker of next-generation hardware and software instruments, is injecting color into the black and white world of the piano with LUMI Keys. From fun habit-forming games on the LUMI app to the colorfully illuminated keyboard, LUMI’s fully interactive system is the world’s first all-in-one platform for learning piano. MORE» More»

ROLI, the maker of next-generation hardware and software instruments, is injecting color into the black and white world of the piano with LUMI Keys. From fun habit-forming games on the LUMI app to the colorfully illuminated keyboard, LUMI’s fully interactive system is the world’s first all-in-one platform for learning piano.

The two versions of LUMI Keys–the Consumer Edition for learning piano and the Studio Edition for producers and performers–offer an entirely new music-making experience with touch-controlled pitch-bend on each of its colorfully illuminated keys. While small enough to fit in a backpack, the LUMI Keys can also double or triple in size by magnetically snapping together.

The accompanying LUMI app for the Consumer Edition keyboard, developed to be habit-forming and make learning the piano more intuitive and fun, is a complete evolution of how people learn the piano–offering a catalog of over 1000 copyrighted songs ranging from Beethoven to Beyonce. Learners can choose a view from colorful shapes to sheet music to read a song or simply follow the keys as they light up one by one. With games and lessons set up in stages, the LUMI app keeps learning fun and engaging through the musician’s entire journey.

“I found the piano to be magical and began exploring it as soon as I could reach the keys. I clearly remember discovering that the black notes sound good together–what I learned much later is a pentatonic scale–and I would improvise across these combinations, excited by the emotion I could communicate, and the feeling of a world of possibilities in front of me,” explains ROLI CEO Roland Lamb. “I created LUMI to share that initial inspiration I felt as a child, that emotional connection that set me on my own musical journey. LUMI is here to bring the light of music to everyone.”

LUMI’s parent company, ROLI, first gained critical acclaim for their groundbreaking and multi-award-winning Seaboard–a next-generation, ultra-expressive keyboard. ROLI leads the pack in the development of MPE (MIDI polyphonic expression), the technology that allows digital instruments to behave more like acoustic instruments in terms of sound control. ROLI’s “5 Dimensions of Touch” which refer to the way musicians interact with a physical surface when playing an instrument, lets creators make more dynamic and expressive sound variations by striking, pressing, gliding, sliding, and lifting. The development of the 5D-Touch technology pioneered and championed by ROLI products has been the catalyst for the wider adoption of MPE and compatible platforms. Much like the Seaboard with MPE tech, LUMI Keys sets a new standard for lively, engaging music education that keeps learners excited to play.

About ROLI
Combining digital technologies and a new approach to culturally embedded designs, ROLI makes that are light years ahead in their musical powers. The Seaboard, ROLI’s award-winning keyboard, launched in 2014 to international acclaim. ROLI has been opening new frontiers in musical expression ever since with groundbreaking controllers, soft-synths, and sounds for producers and musicians.

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11/20/2023

11/16/2023, Share the joy of music with LUMI this Holiday season and save 20%!
11/16/202311/16/2023, Share the joy of music with LUMI this Holiday season and save 20%!
Announcement
11/16/2023
Announcement
11/16/2023
LUMI is set to captivate musical enthusiasts by offering a 20% discount off its all-in-one piano learning platform. This Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal provides an ideal opportunity for beginners and experienced pianists to immerse themselves or share the joy of learning music with a loved one. MORE» More»

LONDON, 26th October 2023 – Just in time for the festive season, LUMI is set to captivate musical enthusiasts by offering a remarkable 20% discount off its all-in-one piano learning platform. This special Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal kicks off at 4PM GMT on Thursday, November 16th, providing an ideal opportunity for beginners and experienced pianists to immerse themselves or share the joy of learning music with a loved one.

LUMI, renowned for its innovative approach to music education, combines technology and fun to revolutionize learning piano. The all-in-one and interactive platform features light-guided keys and an app with over 1,000 musical adventures, including lessons, contemporary and classic songs, and inspiring games like the Springboard and Superluminal to make learning fun for any user. 

Not just for individuals, LUMI's versatility makes it a musical hub for the whole family. Its Family Membership facilitates communal learning through multiple user profiles, ensuring a collective and enriching musical journey for everyone.

Learners can play the songs they love with LUMI's extensive library — ranging from Beethoven to Billie Eilish — appealing to varied musical tastes and ages. The platform's regularly updated content keeps the learning experience fresh and exciting, promising new discoveries at every turn.

LUMI's curriculum, crafted by industry experts, caters to all skill levels, fortifying musical understanding and piano skills across a diverse range of learners. The holistic educational experience not only fosters musical talent but also promotes cognitive and emotional development, making screen time productive and stimulating.

This exclusive Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotion is a golden opportunity for journalists covering holiday deals to highlight an offer that combines technology, education, and entertainment, all while making the gift of music more accessible this holiday season.

For additional information on this limited-time offer and more on LUMI's revolutionary approach to music education, please visit www.playlumi.com 


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About Luminary ROLI: 

Luminary ROLI is revolutionizing music creation and education. Encompassing both the ROLI and LUMI brands, Luminary ROLI makes next-generation hardware and software instruments that bring the joy of making music to everyone.

The Seaboard, ROLI’s award-winning keyboard, launched in 2014 to international acclaim. ROLI has been opening new frontiers in musical expression ever since with groundbreaking controllers, soft-synths, and sounds for producers and musicians.

LUMI launched in 2019 as the most-funded musical education Kickstarter of all time. Combining an illuminated keyboard, interactive app, and rich educational content, this all-in-one platform for learning piano is transforming how beginners engage with music.

 

Announcement
11/16/2023

11/01/2023, ROLI unveils the Seaboard Block M: The pinnacle of expressive creation for a new generation of on-the-go music makers
11/01/202311/01/2023, ROLI unveils the Seaboard Block M: The pinnacle of expressive creation for a new generation of on-the-go music makers
Announcement
11/01/2023
Announcement
11/01/2023
ROLI reveals the Seaboard Block M, an updated and refined version of the Seaboard Block. The most requested product ever from the ROLI creator community, this portable yet powerful tool promises to bring infinite expressive possibilities to musicians everywhere, whether at home, in the studio, on the go, or on the stage. MORE» More»

[London, Thursday 12th October 2023] The London-based global pioneers of award-winning music technology are proud to reveal the Seaboard Block M, an updated and refined version of the Seaboard Block. The most requested product ever from the ROLI creator community, this portable yet powerful tool promises to bring infinite expressive possibilities to musicians everywhere, whether at home, in the studio, on the go, or on the stage. 


A new dimension of music creation

ROLI is the world leader in MIDI polyphonic expression (MPE), a revolutionary technology that allows digital instruments to mirror the nuanced control of acoustic counterparts. After the highly celebrated launch of the Seaboard RISE 2 in 2022, ROLI is now democratizing access to its groundbreaking music creation tools with the launch of the Seaboard Block M, offering unparalleled expressive capabilities, at an accessible price point. These innovations reaffirm ROLI’s commitment to shaping the future of musical expression and underscore its influential role in the Musical Instrument industry, signaling exciting developments still to come.

ROLI’s versatile product lineup empowers all musicians to continually explore, learn, and perfect their craft, whether they are just starting their musical journey or are seasoned professionals. From the beginner-friendly LUMI Keys to Seaboard Block M and on to the complex capabilities of the RISE 2.

Founder and CEO of Luminary ROLI, Roland Lamb, expressed his excitement about the comeback of the much-loved Seaboard Block, saying, “The reintroduction of the Seaboard Block M marks a monumental step in making the revolutionary MPE and 5D Touch technology accessible to more music makers around the world. We believe that this tool will not only foster creativity but also redefine the landscape of music production. It’s more than an instrument; it’s a gateway to infinite musical possibilities.


Infinite Expression. Anywhere. 

Despite its compact size, this instrument enables infinite musical discovery, allowing users to play any sound imaginable and express themselves with unprecedented freedom. With 10 hours of wireless battery, they can play and perform on the Seaboard wherever and whenever inspiration strikes.


Cutting-edge enhancements and breakthrough innovations

Seaboard Block M is equipped with ROLI’s revolutionary 5D Touch technology, offering intuitive sound shaping through gestures such as Strike, Press, Glide, Slide, and Lift. This, coupled with a 24-keywave edge-to-edge design, creates the most responsive playing surface yet, capturing every nuance of a performance with unparalleled precision and fluidity. 

The upgraded Seaboard Block M offers enhanced consistency and expressive control through the latest firmware, enabling users to personalize their velocity curve via the ROLI Dashboard. The new MIDI output also allows for seamless integration and direct connection to hardware synthesizers, improving workflow and versatility.


Supercharge sound with ROLI Studio

The ROLI Studio software suite is a comprehensive platform for creative potential, offering inspirational features such as Smart Chords, Multi-Layered Arpeggio, and Macros, all specifically tailored to enhance musical output and production. ROLI Studio Player provides a curated selection of 400 distinctive sounds and presets sourced from ROLI’s powerful sound engines.

ROLI Studio Drums is the perfect MPE beatmaking companion. This separate plugin within ROLI Studio has 15 drum kits, each with 16 distinct and highly controllable parts.


Seamless integration

Seaboard Block M seamlessly integrates with most leading DAWs — including Ableton Live 11+, Logic Pro, and Cubase, fully harnessing the instrument's MPE capabilities. It offers effortless connections to hardware instruments through a new MIDI Out port and additional devices via USB-C, ensuring a smooth transition into any production suite.


An extendable musical playground

Using DNA connectors, Creators can connect and expand their instruments seamlessly with other ROLI products. Unlock fresh avenues of creativity and musical exploration by pairing with LUMI Keys Studio Edition, or add another Seaboard Block M to take the experience from 24- to 48- keywaves. 


Premium build, built to last

Constructed to withstand the rigors of touring and extended studio sessions, Seaboard Block M promises durability and comfort with premium materials and a sleek, black casing. The soft-touch silicon keywaves, compact form, 10+ hours of battery life, and 15-meter Bluetooth® range allow for a flexible and uninterrupted music creation experience, empowering artists and producers to push the boundaries of their creativity, anywhere. 


What’s new with Seaboard Block M — 

  • Put Seaboard Block M at the heart of your setup with a new MIDI out that enables direct control of other hardware instruments.
  • Advanced customization of keywave response through a firmware upgrade, offering more nuanced MPE control.
  • A more natural, intuitive playing experience with an improved velocity response curve.
  • Durable design that has been refined to withstand the rigors of touring and extended studio sessions. 
  • Switch between your saved Equator2 or ROLI Studio presets by holding the side button and pressing the octave left and right buttons.
  • Select your own ROLI Soundpacks to get you started with MPE. 

Pre-order Bundle Availability

Seaboard Block M is available in an exclusive pre-order bundle that includes:
- Seaboard Block M 
- ROLI Studio Software Suite
- Voucher to the ROLI Sound Store

Available for pre-order from 1st November, the Seaboard Block M will ship from March 2024.

Pricing

$349.95 USD 
£299.95 GBP
€349.95 EURO

Currently only shipping to the US, Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe.

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11/01/2023