Very good to know!
(Et tes explications sont limpides. )
Just to make sure, when you, @jaygalfo, and @fjasper talk about the ROLI Lightpad Blocks, do you all mean the original one or the Lightpad M? I have two of each, as well as a Sensel Morph. Never tried a Linnstrument or Haken Continuum.
In my experience, the original Lightpad Blocks were unusable for any kind of expressive playing. However, I find Lightpad M Blocks to be “sensitive enough”. In fact, I find them more playable than the Morph for certain uses (let’s say, “articulating notes in melodic lines” as opposed to “morphing a pad’s spectrum”).
As for @NothanUmber’s question on availability, it sounds like “ROLI” still sells the Lightpad M Block as a package with Strobe 2 for 200USD (technically, the company behind it is Luminary). The caveat emptor being: ROLI’s gone through so much financial problems that there’s little guarantee that they’ll support those devices for a long time. In fact, they’ve had multiple issues in Quality Control. So, yeah, buyer beware.
I used to carry a Lightpad M in my backpack at all times, along with an iPad Pro and headphones. I’d often do impromptu near-silent musicking sessions in cafés, libraries, etc. Haven’t done much of that since March 2020 and I changed my backpack recently. Still, I want to go back to that.
As @greaterthanzero knows, I’ve been dreaming about a larger version of the Lightpad M Block. On the Sensel Morph, I’ve tried a grid layout which almost gave me what I wanted. At the same time, there are several details about the Morph which make it less satisfying for the kind of playing I do on the Lightpad.
While I got pretty excited when I first heard about the Embodme Erae Touch, it’s way too bulky for my needs. Even on my desk, it’d take too much room.
So… Maybe my satisfaction with the Lightpad M makes me weird, which’d be fine. I just wonder if we’re all talking about the same thing.