The Novation Circuit is a portable synth and drum sequencer that allows you to create entire tracks with the 128 steps sequencing with a host of extra Modulation, FX and Quantization controls that allow you to perform anywhere you go.
The Novation Circuit is an innovative grid-based groovebox that raises the bar for what can be expected from a digital synth and drum machine. The built in step sequencer offers up to 128 steps of synth and drum patterns, that musicians and performers can use to start making electronic music in minutes. With the same great sound that you would expect from a Novation digital synth, but wrapped in a light and portable design.
Including 64 drum patches, 64 synth patches, 16 delays and 8 reverbs, as well as plenty of quantization features - the Novation Circuit is menacing in how much power it delivers. The extensive list of features that the Novation Circuit offers, and the quality of each feature makes it clear why it was awarded the MusicTech award for best innovation in 2015.
We suggest that the Circuit is one of the industry's finest drum and synth sequencer, delivering both an amazing product and great support, and now introducing the Novation Circuit Components, a suite of tools that give you everything you need to design, create and customise your own unique instrument. Including up to 60 seconds of sampling space across 64 slots to be used for drums, one-shots, clicks, pops, bangs, chords, synth stabs and samples.
The Novation Circuit has made it incredibly simple to create a drum pattern in the step sequencer, simply press play and you can start programming your drum beat straight away with the 64 integrated drum patches. The eight macros at the top of the Circuit allow for changes to the tonality of each of the drum step and can be recorded for a more dynamic and expressive pattern. To get a full understanding of the drum mode, Novation have created an instructional video called Novation // Circuit - Getting Started - Beats that will walk you through the different features of creating a drum pattern, including swing and tempo.
The Novation Circuit has a powerful synth engine that easily allows you to layer synths voices over the percussion track, creating a bass line and lead synth in seconds. There are 64 synth patches to choose from to start with, but the Macros across the top allow you to further customize your patterns and performance. Building on the previous video, Novation have created an instructional video called Novation // Circuit - Getting Started - Synths that shows you how to add a lead synth and bass line to your drum pattern, plus demonstrating the nudge controls.
Mixer & FX Mode
The Novation Circuit allows for automated mixer fx that add depth, dynamics and space to your performance. There are 16 delays and 8 reverbs to choose from that can be automated, so if you feel like you need an 80s snare hit with an extra long reverb tail, it is within your control to add this in under the FX control window. To guide you though the Mixer & FX, Novation have created an instructional video called Novation // Circuit - Getting Started - Mixer & FX that will help to explain how you can begin adding FX to your performances.
The Novation Circuit has evolved since its launch in 2015, and moving beyond its roots as a step sequencer and digital synth, the Novation Circuit now offers up to 60 seconds of sample importing that can be mapped anywhere on the 4x8 grid of RGB, velocity-sensitive sequencer pads. To get you started on your new sampler, Novation have created an instructional video called Novation // Circuit - Sample Import that will show you just how easy it is to add your own sounds to the Novation Circuit.