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ROLI’s NOISE features 25 keywaves, includes 25 sounds, and has five faders

ROLI releases NOISE, a free app that turns the iPhone into an expressive musical instrument with five dimensions of touch

Music creation startup ROLI today announced the release of NOISE, a free app that turns the iPhone screen into a continuous sonic surface, which responds to gestures. Utilising the new 3D Touch technology of the iPhone 6s, NOISE makes it possible for musicians to shape sound through ROLI’s five dimensions of touch; Strike, Press, Glide, Slide and Lift.

“On September 9 we launched the Seaboard RISE, the world’s first truly accessible multidimensional controller. At the very same time Apple launched the iPhone 6s featuring 3D Touch,” explains Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI. “For the past 12 weeks we’ve applied our years of research into multidimensional touch and sound to produce NOISE, an app that transforms the iPhone into a bonafide musical instrument.”

As an instrument, NOISE features 25 keywaves, includes 25 sounds, and has five faders for fine­tuning the touch-­responsiveness of the surface. Powered by Equator and using MIDI over Bluetooth, NOISE enables wireless sound control from the iPhone. The manufacturer also says it is one of the first apps to enable Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) through its MPE Mode, so the NOISE mobile sound engine works with any MPE­compatible controller. ROLI’s sound designers have created the app’s 25 preset sounds, which include Breath Flute and Extreme Loop Synth, especially for MPE expressivity. Additional sounds can be purchased in-app.

While it works with all models of iPhone, NOISE has been optimised to use 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s. Watch the NOISE video below, download for free from the Apple App Store or visit

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