Novation Circuit Grid-Based Groovebox with Sample Import
Novation Circuit is designed to inspire. Two Nova polysynth engines and a four-part drum machine — with the ability to upload your own samples — combines seamlessly with an intuitive grid-based sequencer to let you make electronic music in minutes.
Enter drum and synth sequences on the pads, tweak the macro knobs to sculpt your sound and your track will quickly emerge, all locked in time and key. Import your own drum samples, one-shots and vocal chops to complete the music-making experience.
Compact and battery powered with a convenient built-in speaker, Circuit can be used to make music entirely on its own. Hooked up with other music-making gear, however, it can be used as part of a limitless ecosystem of MIDI machines. In the studio, it will run perfectly in sync with your DAW as a MIDI controller and/or sound source. A suite of software lets you tweak and store synth patches, back up and store your Circuit settings in the cloud or download settings to your computer to share with your friends.
Ideas in seconds, tracks in minutes
Circuit inspires, straight out the box. It combines a two-part synthesizer and a four-part drum machine with a velocity-sensitive grid sequencer to help you discover new musical inspiration in no time.
Circuit Components is a suite of tools that expands Circuit and gives you all you need to design and customize your instrument. Simply drag and drop samples onto Circuit with sample import using the streamlined browser-based workflow and create your own palette of sounds.
Compact and battery-powered, Circuit truly stands alone. You can create entire tunes from scratch on the go, then save them and play them back live or in the studio. You don't even need speakers because it has one built in. Of course, Circuit will connect to your sound system via 1/4" line outputs and work with your computer and studio hardware via USB and MIDI.
Build ideas quickly
Make music without losing your flow. Depending on what mode you're in, Circuit's velocity-sensitive RGB grid adapts to display notes, velocity, gate length and even precise tempo and swing settings. Embrace a new way of making music.
Combine simplicity and experimentation
Use simple, streamlined modes to keep your harmonies, rhythms and melodies locked in time and key while you make riffs, hooks and chords. Or start experimenting for some serious sequencing exploration.
Looking for the perfect beat?
Quickly build drum loops from the 64-slot bank of drum hits (or use your own samples!) by sequencing or playing in patterns using the velocity-sensitive pads. Define your sound with control over pitch, decay, distortion and EQ.
Easily tweak your synths
Sculpt your sound using eight macro knobs, then automate parameter changes in your sequences to add movement and variety to your performance.
Build whole tunes with effects
Create sequences up to 128 steps long by linking patterns, then add space, depth and energy to your music with built-in effects. Sidechain your synths to the kick drum to get them to pump. When you're done, save your tune to one of 32 session slots.
Create multi-sample drum lines on each of Circuit's drum tracks. In early versions of Circuit firmware, only one sound could be used on each drum track; now, you can select a different sample for each step in all four of the drum tracks.
Lets you play and preview your samples without programming them into a pattern.
Session colors and single session backup
Change the color of the LED that represents your session on the Circuit hardware. Use colors to differentiate styles — pink for house, orange for techno, for example. Manage your sessions individually, as opposed to the whole batch of 32.
You can now change the placement of your samples so you can group similar sounds together to make it easier to remember which sample is which.
Polyrhythmic drum patterns
The length of drum patterns 1/2 and 3/4 can be set independently of the other pair to create mind-bending polyrhythms and pattern variations.
Components Standalone lets Circuit owners access all of the features of the Components software without needing to login or to have an active internet connection.
- Two-part Nova-heritage analog-modeled synthesizer
- Four-part drum machine
- Sample import with browser-based workflow
- 32-pad grid of RGB, velocity-sensitive sequencer pads
- 6-voice polyphony per synth
- Loads of oscillator types and wavetables
- 64 production-ready patches
- Program sequence per step or play your sequence live
- Lock your music in time, key and scale
- Tweak your synths using eight macro encoders with RGB LEDs
- Automate and play back your macro movements
- Connect to a computer via USB and to other MIDI gear with 5-pin DIN
- Combine up to 128 steps of synth and drum patterns
- Add amazing delay and reverb effects
- 32 session slots for creating, saving and playing tunes without a laptop
- Compact and battery powered, with built-in speaker
|Included from Manufacturer||USB Cable
(2) 3.5mm to 5-pin DIN MIDI Breakout Cables
(6) AA Batteries
|Number of Keys||None|
|Speakers||Built-in mono speaker|
|Programs/Presets||(64) synth patches
(64) drum patches
|Voices of Polyphony||(2) synths tracks with (6) voices each|
|Oscillators per Voice||Varies by Sound Engine|
(7) types of sidechain
Master high pass / low pass filter
(6) tracks per session (2 synth and 4 drum)
(8) patterns per track
|Audio File Playback||No|
|MIDI||In, Out, USB|
|USB Port (to Host)||MIDI, Audio, System Updates, File Transfer, Editor/Librarian/Patch Manager|
|Audio Outputs||Dual 1/4" stereo line output (L/mono and R)|
|Onboard Controllers||(32) velocity-sensitive pads
(8) macro knobs
|Product Weight||2.09 lbs.|
|Unique Features||Circuit Components tool suite for expanded functionality
Can be battery powered
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