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ROLI releases Soundpacks from Steve Aoki, RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, and more at CES

ROLI has announced that Hip-Hop legend RZA and EDM superstar Steve Aoki have distilled their signature sounds in custom-made soundpacks that are available to anyone making music on BLOCKS and NOISE, ROLI's music creation system.

CES attendees are invited to the ROLI Booth to hear RZA perform on BLOCKS at 12pm and 4:15pm on Saturday, January 7.

Whether beginners or professionals, music-makers can now explore a huge range of sounds with the Neon Future by Steve Aoki soundpack, Spoonful of Grit by RZA soundpack, and seven other soundpacks that ROLI has released including Giant Dubstep, World Colours, Video Games, and Expressive Electronic.

The collection of nine soundpacks triples the number of sounds available on BLOCKS and NOISE. It marks the beginning of a soundpack collection that will grow throughout 2017, as renowned artists and sound designers craft and share their sounds.

Steve Aoki has packaged a collection of uplifting leads and distorted basses based on Neon Future, his double album of big-room dance-floor hits.

Rapper and producer RZA's collection of gritty urban sounds and kung-fu effects is based on Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the iconic hip-hop album that helped launch Wu-Tang Clan in 1990s. RZA makes beats with Spoonful of Grit by RZA, his exclusive soundpack, and discusses his inspiration for it in a feature film that also launches today - YouTube.com/watch?v=6ECmc7C3XZg

The 5D EDM, World Colours, Giant Dubstep, Video Games, Hybrid Acoustic, Expressive Electronic, and Synthetic Leads soundpacks were created by ROLI's sound design team. They are custom made for shaping sound through five dimensions of touch on the sensitive surface of the Lightpad Block, the central Block in the BLOCKS system.

Soundpacks are available to purchase in-app in the new Soundpack Store of NOISE. Any pack purchased in NOISE is accessible on BLOCKS. Four of the new soundpacks are exclusively available to BLOCKS owners, and they can be redeemed for free when registering a Block.

Visit ROLI.com to hear demos of the new sounds available for immediate download on NOISE.

Soundpacks released on January 5 are collections of synth sounds, Drum Kits, and Groove Kits - the interactive kits that let anyone make multi-layered, professional-sounding grooves. Contents and prices vary:

  • RZA's Spoonful of Grit: 3 Drum Kits, 13 presets. $6.99, £4.99.
  • Steve Aoki's Neon Future: 16 presets. $6.99, £4.99.
  • 5D EDM: 2 Drum Kits, 14 presets. Free when a Block is registered.
  • Giant Dubstep: 2 Drum Kits, 14 presets. Free when a Block is registered.
  • World Colours: 1 Groove Kit, 3 Drum Kits, 12 presets. Free when a Block is registered.
  • Video Games: 3 Drum Kits, 13 presets. Free when a Block is registered.
  • Hybrid Acoustic: 12 presets. $3.99, £2.99.
  • Expressive Electronic: 16 presets. $3.99, £2.99.
  • Synthetic Leads: 11 presets. $3.99, £2.99.
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