By ROLI Ltd.

  • Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2015-12-18
  • Current Version: 3.3.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 133.42 MB
  • Developer: ROLI Ltd.
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
Score: 3
From 618 Ratings


NOISE is a free app that makes music mobile, so you can sketch musical ideas anywhere you take your connected device. Using easy-to-learn gestures you’ll create beats, melodies, and songs with a diverse library of sounds — all on the touch screen of your phone or tablet. Extend the musical power of NOISE by pairing it with ROLI BLOCKS devices. A NEW APPROACH TO MAKING MUSIC A glass surface becomes unbelievably musical with NOISE, which lets you make and shape sounds by drumming the screen, gliding your fingers along it, pressing into it, and lifting off. You create music through intuitive gestures on a series of easy-to-navigate interfaces. A HIGH-POWERED MUSICAL SKETCHPAD Not only can you perform music with NOISE. You can also produce. Start by choosing from custom-made sounds that range from to string sections to crunchy hip hop basses. Record basslines and melodies as loops of varying lengths. Mix and match your loops to build amazingly multi-layered songs — all within the app. Then export your project to desktop studio software and refine your musical idea further. 500 SOUNDS — AND GROWING The ever-growing library of NOISE sounds include powerful percussion, sparkly synths, magic flutes, head-banging guitar leads, rousing orchestrals, and stunningly life-like acoustic strings and brass. World-renowned artists like Pharrell, Grimes, RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Steve Aoki, and Rudimental have also created customized packs of their signature sounds. 35 sounds are completely free, and hundreds more are available through in-app purchases. ROLI BLOCKS TAKES YOUR MUSIC TO THE NEXT LEVEL The power of NOISE expands when you connect to ROLI BLOCKS, the modular music-making system. Pairing wirelessly, NOISE becomes the sound engine for the Lightpad Block and Seaboard Block controllers. Apply the musical gestures you’ve learned in NOISE to the pressure-responsive silicone surfaces of BLOCKS — and be even more expressive. Watch films and learn more about BLOCKS on Minimum Requirements: • Phone 6 or higher • iPhone SE • iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro • iPod Touch 6th Gen • iOS 9 or higher



  • Cool sounds but bad otherwise

    By User111121
    Lack of useful features. Deleted.
  • I spoke too soon

    By storeE8
    Hard one to gauge but it’s a big disappointment so far - others have gone in depth and I’ve written a couple evolving reviews myself, but really, the lack of continued updates is the kicker. 4 months now and all the bugs and shortcomings remain. Hopefully, a big one is coming, because I’m addition to most of what others have written, the sounds library is showing it’s age, especially drums. I find myself using the same 2-3 kits and I doubt I could ever eventually release the tracks cause RZA probably owns them (smh). Lack of patch customization and basic features (like Redo!) make this go from anxious fun to suicidal feelings of rage in an instant. I’ve still been playing intermittently with the blocks because they’re amazing hardware, but any truly useful capacity is maddeningly tough or impossible. Even using a digital recorder to record bass lines and horns etc reveal clicks and pops I wouldn’t expect from a much cheaper endeavor. Is it too taxing on an iPad Pro CPU?? My phone doesn’t have as much distortion, but it still does - and it shouldn’t. My only hope now is for an update to solve at least half of the issues everyone is having. Please don’t add a bunch of features no one asked for, just make this thing worthwhile. Cheers! Roli is on to something big, just please do it.
  • Good but

    By Izblessed
    All this app does is ask for it to be reloaded in all my au daws. Love the fact it has good instruments and sounds but almost unusable right now due to it always being asked to reload. And can’t use swap packs is a disappointment in itself for daw use.
  • Hello

    By matt7744
    Hi my name is Matthew Whitaker. I’m visually impaired. I’m wondering if this app works with Voiceover, which is a screen reader built into Apple devices. I use an iPhone and an iPad. I want to be able to use this app like everyone else. Thank you! :-)
  • It keeps improving, and has world class teaching and creative potential

    By amdenis
    The Roli hardware is great, and once the bugs are substantially squashed in the apps and firmware I will be world class. Although a lot has been fixed in the past year, some issues remain. Still, once you figure out how to work around the current issues, the Roli boards and pads allow you to make music like nothing else I have played. One thing... Roli needs more fundamentals and creative exploration tutorials. I would hire on interns run by an instructional designer familiar with Roli and music. You could do it with a university to grant credits, write some grant proposals and help many find the joys of music, while exploding your market. I and others have done this sort of thing before— it works.
  • Very good, Almost great.

    By runstrongerfaster
    I love the sounds and even purchased the blocks to go with the app which are super expressive. I love the new performance effects but am baffled that I can’t record them onto a track. I would love to be able to record my effects performance on top of the loop, this would Make the app much more usable for me For doing real work in the app. Also panning per track please. I feel like this app has great potential and I hope to see more frequent updates. Thanks.

    By Dkomggoovc
    It’s a very long process of trial and error connecting But when it works, it resets for the next use
  • Cool sounds, strangely limited application

    By lastmessiah
    Seaboard Rise with Roli’s Equator synth is a 5 star experience. Blocks with Noise...not so much. I wanted to like it. The sound packs are great, but the actual sequencing and mixing functions are bare bones and buggy to boot. It seems to me that this is meant to appeal to people who aren’t musicians but just want to trigger “songs” for fun every now and then. Roli is putting all of their marketing effort into Blocks so I expected the software to be up to snuff. It isn’t even close yet. Too bad.
  • Overdue fixes to this app are chasing users like me away

    By LewisFilm
    I love Roli hardware and the noise app continues to fall far short of the hardware’s potential. Over the last year I’ve reluctantly bought almost every part of the Roli blocks system... 2x seaboards, 2x lightpad blocks, 3x control blocks, two snapcases, and a fistful of soundpacks. So I’m as loyal a customer as I suspect you’ll find. Great hardware. Great VSTs. Terrible app. Terrible integration to mobile platforms for what is ostensibly a mobile instrument system. Users have been asking for some basic changes to Noise for a while, and they never seem to get updated. The biggest issues for the Noise app continue to be: - No input/output of either sound or midi to/from Noise. This is an outrageous limitation, given that even simple music apps made by a single person like ChordUP (a great app) have I/O. - No ability to transpose notes for the Seaboard Block, or to use the ‘Scale’ function in Noise with the Seaboard Block, it only works with the lightpad. You have to go onto a laptop or desktop and transpose the Seaboard from Dashboard... you can’t even really save multiple modes on the seaboard in different keys... because Noise overrides the seaboard block to default settings as soon as you plug it in. This is a maddening omission. - No sustain pedal lock. You have to hold down the sustain button with one hand and play with the other. The sustain icon in Noise is almost useless, and the same goes for the live block sustain button. - No normal clean piano sound in any of the noise packs across the entire noise soundpack system. This is a pretty significant oversite given that the Seaboard block is for keyboardists. - No ability to add a backing track to Noise, or to sync with a track playing in the background. The ‘Abelton Link’ integration only works to export Noise loops as WAV flies to an Abelton Grid. There’s no way in noise to import a track, and then record a Noise instrument to add to that track as a new composition. - No ability to make compositions longer than 8 bars?! Or sync those 8 bars with any other project in any other music app or DAW? - The I/O through audiobus is incredibly buggy... I spent an hour last night trying to get a single Noise instrument to record into Garaband in sync with a backing track... and I finally gave up. And its not because I don’t know how to use the apps... its because its fatally buggy across all my IOS devices, across all IOS updates. - While many, but not all, of the Roli soundpack instruments technically work as mobile VSTs with the plugin, they are so processor intensive that even my ipad pro crashes while using them more than they work. This is actually why you NEED the noise app to work. The concept is the right one... a mobile sketch pad that makes the most of the hardware in a stripped down way. BUT! This all falls apart if there is no interoperability, or if the Noise app doesn’t include the basic functions like adding a guide track, recording full length songs, transposing notes, or using a sustain pedal for a keyboard! I am at the end of a very expensive and frustrating year being a dedicated Roli customer. I continue to believe they are making something revolutionary.... but the problem isn’t how great the hardware is.... its that its not all that useful with an app that doesn’t even meet the basic requirements of a simple musical sketchpad that draws on their excellent set of virtual instruments. My first review for Noise was 4 stars, a year later it was 3 stars, and now I’m giving it 2 stars. They’ve added new features, but not got the basics right yet.
  • Waiting to be hacked

    By misterbethel
    The password field to create an account disables paste. Therefore all passwords are user created and therefore vulnerable. This is creating a treasure for a hacker.