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The future of music looks wild with Seaboard BlocksRoli's Blocks modular music system gets a new snap-on instrument.
[MUSIC] Ever thought of playing music like this? [MUSIC] Or how about like this? Or maybe this? [MUSIC] Creating fun electronic beats can be a snap with the Roli Blocks suite of customizable touch pads. And the company just added a new miniature keyboard to the mix. Well, okay. This isn't actually a keyboard, although it resembles one. It's called a seaboard. Instead of individual keys, there's a continuous, smooth silicon surface that responds to the force of your touch in multiple ways. Glide your finger to create different effects. Bending notes. [MUSIC] Or blurring instruments together. The $300 Seaboard Block works as a standalone instrument. It comes with desktop software to changes settings and save and edit your work. There's also a free phone app. But if you're ready to take your performance up a notch, Snap on some light pad blocks and control pads. Everything connects magnetically to any side. Light pads cost $180 and they can be set to play hundreds of different sounds with the surface touch area. You can even use it to layer beats together with playback loops. Small control pad blocks, they're $80 each, and they're for Making quick settings adjustments during a performance, but you don't need a setup like this to jam out. You could create music with just one light pad block, or just the c board block. [UNKNOWN] made several versions of the C board since its creation nearly four years ago, but this C board block is the cheapest and smallest yet. Making it easier for newcomers to justify buying one to experiment with new ways of creating music. [SOUND]