Once you start making music with the Novation Circuit synthesizer workstation, it's sure to become a fixture in your rig. In fact, this standalone groove box, with its onboard synthesizers and drum machine, can easily be your entire beat-production rig, and since it can run on battery power, the Circuit will let you create music anywhere. Onboard, you'll find a pair of Nova-style synthesizer engines loaded with killer sounds, plus a 4-part rhythm section and a 4 x 8 matrix of wonderfully playable RGB pads. Easy access to effects and macro parameter controls let you dive in and get creative with your sounds, and super-flexible onboard sequencing allows you to create entire compositions filled with motion and energy.
Production-ready synths? Killer rhythms? Loads of sound-shaping power? It's all in here. Novation not only managed to pack the kind of sounds Music Experience synth nuts expect from the Nova line into the Circuit, they did it in a way that makes patch creation a blast. Playing sounds and tapping out drums is a piece of cake, thanks to a set of 32 highly expressive RGB pads. Eight macro knobs put you in touch with sophisticated parameters, allowing you to tweak sounds quickly on the fly. The 2-part synthesizer comes loaded with 64 killer sounds, and the 4-part drum machine is perfect for laying down electronic grooves. On top of that, you've got awesome effects onboard to spice up your sound, and virtually every parameter can be sequenced to create extremely cool soundscapes.
One of the most astonishing things about the Novation Circuit is how fast it lets you work. Part of that is that the sounds themselves are so good and so easy to tweak, but a lot of it has to do with the workflow itself. For starters, the Circuit includes modes that let you set the key you want to work in and quantize incoming notes to the beat, which makes it easy to experiment with melodies, chords, and rhythms, without being an awesome musician. The 128-step sequencer also speeds up your step sequencing workflow by using the full 4 x 8 pad matrix to display both steps and notes at the same time. Whether you're working riff to riff or building up whole songs, the Circuit will have you creating songs in no time!
If you're the kind of artist who digs working in your studio but sometimes just wants to head out to the park or grab some coffee and still be able to create excellent music, then you're looking at the right groove machine. Novation built the Circuit to be a complete standalone workstation, allowing you to go from an idea in your head to a complete song without touching another piece of gear. You don't even need A/C power, since the Circuit can run for hours on battery power. But its standalone capabilities are just the beginning - the Novation Circuit can also act as a sequencer for other MIDI synths, and it fits into your DAW music-creation environment seamlessly via USB.
Circuit is constantly moving forward, by virtue of Components - a suite of ever-evolving web-based tools that significantly expand Circuit's functionality. Use Sample Import to drag and drop samples into Circuit via a streamlined browser-based interface. Create your own sound library with Librarian. Employ Editor to craft distinctive synth patches. Update your firmware. You can even save your sessions in the cloud!
With the release of the 1.4 firmware update, Novation made Circuit an even more powerful music-creation platform than ever. Combine a complete library of Sessions, Samples, and Patches into a single file with Circuit Packs. Create intricate polyrhythms and pattern variations by setting the length of drum patterns 1/2 and 3/4 independently. Switch between patterns instantly to generate glitchy drum fills. Change Session colors directly from the Circuit hardware when saving. Gain increased control with separate transmit and receive settings for the Circuit's MIDI clock. This new pack also contains 15 "Starting Points" Sessions.
Create exciting electronic music anywhere with a Novation Circuit synthesizer workstation!
|Internal Sound Engine||Yes|
|Sequencer||6-track, 16-step sequencer|
|Manufacturer Presets||64 synth patches, 64 drum sounds|
|Effects Types||Reverb, Delay|
|Analog Outputs||2 x 1/4" L/R, 1 x 1/8" headphone|
|MIDI I/O||In/Out, 2 x MIDI break-out cables: 1/8" to 5-pin DIN socket|
|USB||1 x USB Type B|
|Power Supply||12 DC power supply or 6 x AA batteries|
|Manufacturer Part Number||CIRCUIT|