Want some instant electronic inspiration? Get on board with the Novation Circuit – the standalone groove box which makes creativity second nature. Start making music in seconds –with Nova-heritage synths, expertly sculpted drums or your own samples.
Circuit v1.8 is here!
Capturesynth and drum tracks directly to micro-steps, representing even your most rhythmically complex ideas in alltheir atemporal glory. From wonky Dilla-style beats and quick-fire fills to authentic-sounding strums and beyond.
Synth microstep editing
With six micro-steps to every full step, you’ve got plenty of resolution for repositioning notes off the grid, enabling the programming of subtle timing tweaks, fast triplets and more.
Per-note velocity tracking
Notes recorded over other notes on the same step maintain their velocities independently, andyou can manually edit those velocities after the fact.
Assignable MIDI channels
Set Synth 1, Synth 2 and Drums to whichever MIDI channels you like, from 1 to 15, forincreased flexibility when integrating Circuit into your broader studio setup.
All Circuitfirmware updates areavailable now as a free download within Novation’sComponents content manager.
Circuit v1.7 Update!
Circuit v1.7 is an update to the Firmware that unlocks new features. The update is free, fast and easy to install.
Make Songs - The Pattern Chain Sequence function allows for up to 32 patterns and 16 chains of patterns to be selected in any order. Patterns and chains can be repeated, and sequences can be build up and easily navigated between. The append setting can be toggled to add patterns and chains to an existing pattern sequence, even when playing.
Create Tied/Drone Notes - Each step has a tie-forward setting, making it possible to tie notes together in order to create drone notes and long ambient pads.
Take Music off the Grid - Take music off the grid by delaying notes on a step from one to five ticks (each step is divided up into six ticks). Use Synth Micro-nudge to create new, more complex rhythms like triplets across the beat
Circuit v1.6 Update!
Novation Circuit Groovebox with Sample Import Features
Circuit v1.6 is an update to the Firmware that unlocks new features. The update is free, fast and easy to install.
Panning – Panning has been the single most requested feature of the community to date. It enables users to create audio landscapes or integrate with their favorite hardware.
Drum Micro Steps – Using Drum Micro Steps as a beat-building tool, Circuit v1.6 adds instant fills and stutter effects to users’ workflows, re triggering a sample up to six times within each step.
Light Dim – Is Circuit’s brightness intruding when the room darkens? Light Dim will help to set the mood for all sorts of romantic occasions with its brightness setting.
FX Mute – Used to mute any unwanted FX, making it easier to connect with external hardware processors.
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- 2-part Nova-heritage analogue-modelled +wavetable synthesiser
- 4-part drum machine
- 4x8 grid of RGB, velocity-sensitive sequencer pads
- MiniNova spec oscillator types and updated with new wavetables
- 64 production-ready patches
- Step sequence or build live
- Lock your music in time and key
- Tweak using 8 synth macro encoders with RGB LEDs
- Record and play back your tweaks
- Combine up to 128 steps of synth and drum patterns
- Add awesome delay and reverb effects
- 32 slots for saving sessions
- Create your own synth patches using Circuit Editor
- Add your samples with Sample Import
- Compact and battery powered
- Built-in DSP-enhanced speaker
- Pads and knobs, and sequence works with computer and hardware via USB and MIDI
It’s all about the hands-on experience. Hit the pads, tweak the knobs. Layer the parts, adjust the effects. With its compact design, battery power and built-in speakers, Circuit can be used to make music entirely on its own – anytime, anywhere. Likewise, sync to your computer and session hardware, and use your own samples for full DAW connectivity.
It’s a beat-dropping, heart-stopping musical brainstorm in a box. Grab the moment. The only question you’ll ask is: how did I ever live without it?
Ideas in Seconds. Tracks in Minutes.
Circuit inspires, straight out the box. Combining two-part synthesiser and a four-part drum machine with a 4x8 RGB velocity-sensitive grid sequencer – you’ll be finding new musical directions and creating electronic grooves in no time.
Compact, battery powered and with built-in speakers, Circuit is about getting creative whenever and wherever inspiration strikes. Build entire tunes from scratch without a laptop, then save them and play them back live. Of course, Circuit will also plug in to your sound system and work with your computer and other synth gear too.
Deep bass lines, epic leads and warm pads – explore a new world of electronic sound at your fingertips. Building on our Nova heritage, Circuit delivers cutting-edge sound with production-ready monophonic and polyphonic patches full of character.
Build Ideas Quickly
Take control with Circuit’s intuitive interface. The split grid shows your steps and notes at the same time, so you can sequence and play while seeing exactly what's going on– programme each step or capture your performance in real-time.
Supported by an online suite of tools that is constantly evolving, take advantage of regular updates and new functionality to customise your Circuit. For example, simply drag and drop samples onto Circuit with Sample Import, using the streamlined browser-based Web MIDI workflow, and create your own sound library.
Searching for the perfect beat?
Velocity-sensitive RGB pads let you quickly build expressive drum beats, by step sequencing or playing live across a wide range of drum sounds. Define your sound with real-time control over pitch, decay, distortion, EQ and filter. Then drop your perfect beat with Circuit – time and time again.
What’s in the box
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
- Novation Circuit
- USB cable
- 2 MIDI breakout cables: 3.5mm jack to female 5 pin din
- Printed Getting Started Guide
- Circuit patches sheet
- Safety information sheet
- 6x AA batteries included
- 12V DC power supply included
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.