Playing a musical instrument is one of the great joys of life. Only problem is, it takes years of practice. That’s why a lot of people don’t learn, even though they love music. But we’ve figured out a new, smarter way to learn and play.
LUMI lets everyone play and jam along to hit songs. You’ll be more musical in minutes — and amazed at how quickly you progress!
LUMI is a fully illuminated keyboard and interactive app. Everything is connected by light and color. Just follow the colors in the app and the lights on the keyboard, and you can’t go wrong.
LUMI Keys and the LUMI app work together so you can:
PLAY great songs, note by note, just by following the lights — in your own time, at your pace. When you're ready, move onto colored notes or sheet music.
JAM along to songs, just like you’re in the band. The chords and notes in the song’s scale light up, so you can improvise in real time.
LEARN music fundamentals not only by playing, but also through fast and fun interactive lessons.
IT'S FOR EVERYONE
LUMI is for anyone who ever wanted to play an instrument. It's also for people who want to revive forgotten piano skills, and it's even for musicians who want a fun, portable way to play.
LUMI takes music from black and white to technicolor. You can see it the moment you turn on LUMI Keys. The world’s first modular, fully illuminated keyboard is different from any other you’ve seen.
Play anywhere. LUMI Keys glows, even outdoors. ROLI Brightkey™ technology makes it the brightest keyboard ever made. State-of-the-art ray trace analysis and a Fresnel Lens-inspired design creates 10,800 millicandela of light in each key distributed from end to end.
UNIQUELY PLAYABLE KEYS
LUMI’s keys don’t just look amazing. They feel amazing too. They have a custom size of DS 5.5® which is optimized for the average human hand, plus 92% of the plunge distance of a grand piano key. This makes LUMI’s keys more comfortable to play than any other compact, portable keyboard.
Snap two or more LUMI Keys together to instantly expand your keyboard. ROLI's patented magnetic connectors and an edge-to-edge design come together to make LUMI Keys the world’s first fully expandable keyboard.
COMPACT, LIGHTWEIGHT, AND PORTABLE
Compact and lightweight, LUMI Keys can travel anywhere. At just 600g it weighs less than an iPad Pro. It’s smaller than almost all laptops, so it fits easily in bags and backpacks. When you’re taking LUMI on the go, you can protect the keyboard in style with a custom-made Snapcase.
A COLORFUL SOFTWARE COMPANION
The LUMI app, its song library and LUMI Keys were designed to create a single, unified experience. The colors in the app and the lights on the keyboard integrate and interact perfectly, from the moment you pair them wirelessly via Bluetooth.
LUMI Keys is powered by the LUMI app. It’s where you pick songs and decide how you want to play them. No matter what you choose, you’ll have fun!
PICK A GREAT SONG: Browse a library of great songs that span genres from pop to classical.* Once you’ve found a song you love, you choose what part of the song to play, whether it’s the melody, chords or the bassline. Every month there are more songs to choose from.
CHOOSE YOUR VIEW: Progress from simple to advanced views for reading music. Start with colorful shapes that stream down the screen, telling you exactly when to strike a note on LUMI Keys. Move all the way to reading sheet music.
MOVE AT YOUR OWN PACE: No matter what view you choose, you can get started at a speed that’s comfortable for you. Watch how the song is played before you start. Start slowly, pause, and speed the song up to its normal tempo when you’re ready.
TAKE BITE-SIZED MUSIC LESSONS: Learn through playing, then take a more structured approach. Fun, fast lessons in the LUMI app cover scales, chords, playing techniques, and other music fundamentals.
Songland, NBC's newest primetime show, is where aspiring songwriters compete to create the next global hit. LUMI Keys is the instrument of choice for Songland judge Ryan Tedder, the Grammy Award-winning singer and producer behind hits from Beyoncé, Adele, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran.
See LUMI on Songland. Check out NBC.com for the latest episode information.
We reinvented the keyboard once before at ROLI. The Seaboard is a revolutionary instrument that’s everywhere from La La Land to the studios of world-renowned artists like RZA, Grimes, and Hans Zimmer. Now we’re doing it again, building on years of expertise and innovation in hardware, software, sound design, industrial design, and audio coding.
Learn more about the cutting-edge technologies of LUMI in this film:
Teachers and students told us they wanted an instrument that made practicing more fun and engaging. They wanted something portable — because our lives are as mobile as our phones. And they loved the idea of a platform based around familiar songs.
LUMI Keys is for everyone, including musicians. It's a high-performance MIDI controller that's more versatile and compact than any other its size:
COMPOSE AND PRODUCE FASTER WITH LIGHTS
LUMI Keys and accompanying ROLI Studio Player software speed up your composition. Smart features light up notes in a chord, helping you build chord sequences faster. Or display each note in any scale or arpeggiated sequence. Even skilled players benefit from these shortcuts, which save time and spark ideas.
CREATE A CUSTOMIZED HARDWARE-SOFTWARE SETUP
LUMI Keys is modular, so you can create your own hardware controller system. Snap multiple LUMI Keys together for a 48 or 72-key keyboard! Connect them to the Seaboard Block, Lightpad Block, and others in the ROLI BLOCKS system.
Like all MIDI controllers, LUMI Keys is compatible with leading DAWs and plugins:
ADD EXPRESSION WITH POLYPHONIC AFTERTOUCH
LUMI Keys is one of very few MIDI controllers with polyphonic aftertouch. The pressure responsiveness of each key lets you modulate sound with more expressiveness than most standard keyboard controllers.
TAKE IT ANYWHERE FROM STUDIO TO STAGE
LUMI Keys combines playability and power in an ultra-portable design. It weighs less than an iPad Pro, and it fits in a backpack. Even when you connect multiple LUMI Keys together you can easily unsnap them and carry them anywhere.
We’ve made brilliant progress with LUMI, but we’re not finished yet! Please support ROLI’s team of mechanical engineers, audio programmers, industrial designers, and musicians as we all put the finishing touches on a project that’s years in the making. There are unmissable deals for early birds!
More support lets us dedicate more resources to making the LUMI app even better. Spread the news of LUMI to help us reach these goals!
If we hit our stretch goals, these additions to the LUMI app will arrive as updates after the October LUMI launch.
If we raise £750,000, we’ll add a sound selection tool to the LUMI app. Choose your sound when you play or jam, from basses and guitars to synths and horns. Our sound designers will create 100+ sounds for the LUMI app, including some exclusive sounds for Kickstarter backers!
That’s not all. With the extra funds we can also work on adding some fun effects too, like echo and distortion, so you can rock out like a star keyboardist.
If we hit £1,000,000 we’ll be able to add a color customization mode to the LUMI app. Light up LUMI Keys with your favorite colors! Red, green, blue, yellow, pink or orange — the choice will be all yours.
(On desktop, pros will be able to customize colors through the free to download ROLI Dashboard.)
We’ll be able to develop a create mode in the LUMI app if we hit £1,500,000. Start building, layering and recording your very own tracks. It might just be your first step to writing a smash hit!
*Songs shown on the LUMI Kickstarter page and in accompanying films are for demonstration purposes only. Different songs might feature in the final LUMI app.
LUMI Keys purchased through this Kickstarter campaign are not for commercial resale.
Risks and challenges
We’re harnessing the expertise of an experienced team that has created several award-winning music creation devices since 2014. Across hardware and software, the LUMI platform is already in an advanced stage of development. We have completed EVT keyboard prototypes and builds of the app, and will continue to refine LUMI and build out certain parts of the platform until October 2019. We’re confident that LUMI is almost there and will arrive on time.
Unexpected events do happen, of course. Component shortages, production-line testing and validation, and other unknowns can impact delivery timelines. However, ROLI has years of experience in working through product-related issues. If any problems arise that affect delivery dates, we’ll tell our backers immediately and take every measure possible to get back on track, on time.
With regards to the LUMI app, we aim to support as many Android devices as possible but older and/or lower-specification Android devices may pose challenges with respect to optimum performance.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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