LUMI Keys Studio Edition, the first controller with classic keyboard action to offer polyphonic aftertouch and per-key pitchbend.
ROLI today releases LUMI Keys Studio Edition, a revolutionary MPE-enabled controller that offers polyphonic pitch-bend and aftertouch per key, as well as new ways to compose with light on illuminated keys.
For the first time music-makers can bend pitch through vibrato-like movements on a keyboard controller with traditional key action, adding expression in a natural and intuitive way. This innovation comes as many other music-making tools — like Ableton Live 11 and ROLI’s new flagship MPE sound engine Equator2 — optimize for MIDI Polyphonic Expression and make MPE into a fully integrated, mainstream part of digital music production and performance.
The range of MPE possibilities offered by LUMI Keys Studio Edition — in the context of ROLI’s BLOCKS system — is shown in this performance film, featuring Parisi.
LUMI Keys Studio Edition comes with ROLI Studio, a powerful desktop software suite that includes presets from ROLI’s Equator2, Cypher2, and Strobe2 synths, as well as an array of cutting-edge production features customized for LUMI Keys.
Four Dimensions of Touch for shaping sounds through MPE
In addition to Glide, or polyphonic pitch-bend per key, there are three other Dimensions of Touch for controlling sound through finger movements: Press, or per-key polyphonic aftertouch; Lift, or release velocity; and Strike, or attack velocity. This makes LUMI the first “4D” keyboard offering Four Dimensions of Touch control.
Light-assisted composition through tools built in to ROLI Studio
The brightest RGB-illuminated keyboard ever made, LUMI Keys introduces light-assisted composition to the music creation process. Light
The underlying technology of LUMI Keys is similar to that of BLOCKS. Connect LUMI Keys (wirelessly or physically) with the Lightpad Block for a mobile music-making setup of unparalleled power. Play on LUMI Keys and control parameters on the Lightpad Block, through their custom integration with ROLI Studio.
Expandability through magnetic connectors
Expand the keyboard in a snap. Through magnetic DNA connectors pioneered for BLOCKS, you can connect two, three, or four keyboards to create a 48, 72, or even 96-key playing surface. Edge-to-edge design, plus integration across hardware, software, and firmware, make multiple LUMIs
Compact size and versatility for any situation
LUMI Keys’ compact size
Four playing modes for just the right amount of expression
Four modes let you select the expressive response from LUMI Keys. Piano Mode makes LUMI Keys play like a classic keyboard. Aftertouch Mode adds aftertouch and Pitchbend Mode allows per-key pitchbend, while 4D Mode enables pitchbend and aftertouch together. These modes will be available to all LUMI users after a firmware update in January.
LUMI Keys is also compatible with LUMI Music, an award-winning platform that originated as a Kickstarter project in 2019. The LUMI Music app teaches learners how to play the piano by taking in-app lessons and practicing songs they love.
LUMI Keys Studio Edition is now available on roli.com in a limited-time launch bundle priced at $269 (£269), a 10% discount from the purchase price of $299. The launch bundle includes ROLI Studio, a LUMI Snapcase, three additional ROLI
Sales start on a pre-order basis. The first LUMI Keys Studio Editions will ship in January 2021.