Designed for iPad

    • 1.7 • 114 Ratings
    • Free



ROLI PLAY is an interactive introduction to the Lightpad Block, the musical touchpad from ROLI. The Lightpad Block lets you shape sounds and perform music with astonishing expressiveness. ROLI PLAY takes you through a few quick lessons that show you how to start making music in minutes on your Lightpad.

Learn how to shape sound through touch

Play around with a huge range of sounds from delicate flutes to guitar leads to pulsing dance floor beats. Learn how to shape and deepen any sound through five movements — Strike, Glide, Slide, Press, and Lift — that become musical on the Lightpad surface.

Start making songs

Have fun experimenting with electronic music composition on a Lightpad Block. Anyone can do it! Make a song by choosing sounds, recording loops, and mixing them — all within the easy-to-use interfaces of the app. Explore basslines, chords, and leads, and start layering these musical elements together to make amazing tracks. Speed up and slow down your tempo at the touch of a finger. You don't need to be a DJ to start making music.

Share your creations with friends

It’s easy to share your finished projects with friends and family. Just upload your project to, ROLI’s music sharing platform, through a simple click in the app. Share your music via email or social media. ROLI PLAY helps you get feedback on your musical ideas, so you can refine them. Because no project is ever truly finished.

Create a sonic signature

ROLI PLAY introduces the SongDial, a revolutionary visualization of music. The circular Songdial tracks your instruments like sonar on a submarine — yet with the geometrical beauty of a mandala. Its appearance changes as you add different elements to each part of your track, becoming your personal sonic signature.

What’s New

Version 1.2.2

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Drums now available in Play mode!

Ratings and Reviews

1.7 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

dougc84 ,

App is broken and no longer launches

I’m not going to sit here and say the Roli is a bad product. What I will say is their software for iOS and iPadOS is SEVERELY lacking. You have to connect to a computer to change any of the settings on any of your blocks, and, at that point, I might as well abandon the iPad altogether.

However, those that say they lost money on a product that doesn’t work? All the Roli stuff works perfectly fine in dozens, if not hundreds, of other apps. It works with a PC or Mac. The products Roli makes are really good, and their FREE suite of desktop software is awesome. It just blows my mind that they create a set of portable, playable instruments, but then neglect the iPad.

Zadokite ,

Doesn’t Work, Making The ROLI Blocks Useless!

Since iOS 14 came along, Roli have not bothered to update this app, so it just crashed on launch. This means that I basically paid $200 for some hardware that I can no longer get ANY use out of. I’ve tried contacting Roli by email, got no reply. Tried contacting them by Twitter, still no reply. Incredibly bad support, useless product, and ridiculously bad customer service.

It was fun for the short period during which it worked. Can’t believe I’ve paid this much for paperweights.

FrostyJudas ,

Best Roli’s app

It’s a really simple app but its simplicity works in its favor. It’s pretty to look at and it has a REALLY streamlined, performance oriented structure. It’s the opposite of Noise, that simply doesn’t work for me.

Some suggestions:

-The lead section needs more available notes and maybe a bigger loop.
-More options for scales.
-Effects need more gentle curves, its barely useable now because it’s all REALLY sudden, you can ruin your mix if you are not really careful.
-A master effect cue (reverb maybe?)
-Import/Redeem purchases made in Noise app.
-Visual touch effects remains (in lower opacity) in “Create a Song” section. In this case, a video export option could be selected. Lightpad is a really VISUAL piece of equipment, PEOPLE LIKE PRETTY VISUALS AND LIGHTS, your apps should be AT LEAST as visually striking as your hardware.

I like this app so much that I think you should consider abandoning Noise altogether and focusing on this.

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