ROLI Studio is now open to download, even without Blocks or Seaboard

Now compatible with third-party controllers.

ROLI Studio is now open to download – even without the company’s Seaboard or Blocks controllers. Initially offered to owners of ROLI’s MIDI-polyphonic expression (MPE) controllers, music makers will now find the software compatible with third-party controllers.

It’s been positioned as a “smart production suite” – one part sound library, and one part music production suite. ROLI Studio is made up of two plug-ins, ROLI Studio Player and ROLI Studio Drums. Both of these can be operated either standalone in the DAW of your choosing.

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ROLI Studio Player offers music makers a plethora of sounds, with software synth engines such as ROLI’s own Equator to FXpansion’s Cypher 2 and Strobe2, which come preloaded with hundreds of presets for both MPE and standard MIDI.

It also offers some composition tools like a multi-layered arpeggiator and Smart Chords, which streamlines chord harmony to a set of sliders that introduce various chord degrees – making it easy to form complex chords.

The company has touted ROLI’s Studio Drums as the first MPE drum engine which gives users 240 different drum sounds, and MPE specific expression controls.

Granted, ROLI Studio is still optimised to work with the company’s MPE controllers, but this could still be a valuable addition to a writing setup, especially for its numerous synth presets.

ROLI Studio usually sells at $99. But until 30 April, you can take 20% off by entering the coupon code STUDIO20 at checkout.

Learn more at roli.com

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