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 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.

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.

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.

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

What's New

Version 3.2.2

This update includes some great new features to assist you in sketching out your ideas in NOISE.

•Tutorial Videos - head to the new Learn tab in Discover to get tips and tricks suggest as how to play and record loops
• Extended Tool Tips - we have now added these throughout the app so if you ever get stuck, just tap the '?' icon to learn what's what

Other improvements and fixes include:
• Fixed crash during account registration
• Updated accounts settings page to show which account you are logged in with
• Fixed pitch range issue with drum sounds
• Fixed issue with undo during overdubbing
• Various other small bug fixes

We would love your feedback and are also here to help! If you have any questions, comments or problems, please check out If you are enjoying your experience using NOISE we would really appreciate you rating it on the App store.

The ROLI Team

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5

126 Ratings

126 Ratings

Lots of potential, not there yet


Things we need:
1. Better sound organization: I want to make groups of sounds so I don’t have to scroll forever during a live performance
2. Effects controls: I can control effects using my Rise, but I can’t otherwise and the effects choices do not save
3. More tracks and track options: panning is a must, and better abilities to start and stop a loop, easier methods of changing a loops length. Sometimes I accidentally trigger a loop and can’t stop it
4. More quantization control: swing amount, different subdivisions of quantization
5. Inter app audio: don’t understand why this still isn’t a thing
6. Better build quality in the Seaboard block. I’ve played a few mismanufactured boards and the rubber can easily peel off
7. Maybe a sound controls block to bring the Rises effects control to the blocks

What I love:
1. Hardware responsiveness: how my phone has less latency with a seaboard and a block than my brand new MacBook Pro is mystifying.
2. The new light block is SUPER rad. Very responsive and expressive.
3. Cheap, dope sounds (for the most part) the SWAM stuff is especially insane although I wish I could make it polyphonic
4. I can use my phone to perform live interesting and expressive electronic music: it changes the game

Paid $20 and was unable to use the sounds I wanted


Because the developer does not warn customers up front who are purchasing the new SWAM stringed orchestral instruments and saxophones that “…these packs are not currently supported in the iOS AUv3 plug-in of NOISE…” there is a chance you may feel cheated, AS I MOST CERTAINLY DID.

I should’ve known the deal was too good to be true. $10 for each of these SWAM packs (which go for more than $100 each for the desktop versions) should’ve tipped me off, but it’s really the responsibility of the developer to provide this information BEFORE customers hit the BUY button. Not happy the way this was handled and I’ll be requesting two refunds.

Feb. 2018 Update: Apple issued refunds for both in-app purchases. If the developer updates the SWAM instrument packs so they can be used as plug-ins for GarageBand in any capacity, I’ll consider rebuying.

Awesome hardware.... app needs work

Won Mynd

PLEASE add an option for background audio..... can’t leave the noise app without losing the sound. I bought the control modules so I could get the app up and running and then use my touch screen for other things. Also, as many have already mentioned, inter-app audio would also be nice. Finally, maybe I’m overlooking something, but I can’t seem to save my sensitivity settings for the 5D’s of touch. There should be an option to set them within the project and have them stay that way. As it is now, I have to set those up EVERY time I connect my blocks. If these few things get fixed, the app gets 5 stars.... until then, I’m bothered.


114.4 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch (6th generation).
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright © 2017 ROLI Ltd. All rights reserved.
In-App Purchases
  1. Hybrid Acoustic $3.99
  2. Expressive Electronic $3.99
  3. Synthetic Leads $3.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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