Novation Circuit Standalone Hardware Groovebox
The Novation Circuit is a complete music making device squeezed into a box approximately the size of an iPad.
At a glance you’d easily mistake it for a new Launchpad but in fact the Novation Circuit is actually way more than simply a pad midi controller.
The Novation Circuit includes two polysynths, a drum machine, sequencer, mixer and effects in this one compact unit. It even has a built-in loudspeaker and this is really what the gist of the unit is for; sketching ideas anywhere, anytime, much like many of us already do with iPad apps such as Native Instruments’ iMaschine, Steinberg’s Cubasis or Korg’s Gadget to name but just a handful of so many that are available these days.
So why buy a dedicated hardware unit that can do pretty much what an iPad app can?
Well first off Novation is a leading producer of some really top notch gear including some awesome synths; just think of the Basstation, UltraNova and MiniNova (their current range) never mind some of their legacy synths such as the SuperNova, V-Station, X-station etc., and their Launchpad controllers and midi controllers are highly regarded today.
So why not combine this technology into one awesome dedicated unit – a Groovebox effectively, which can be used to both create the sounds you want and bang out the musical parts on a pad sequencer.
The Novation Circuit has a 2-part synth that comes straight from their Nova products and a 4-part drum machine. The 4×8 grid of RGB velocity-sensitive sequencer pads are naturally derived from the Launchpad products and you get six voices of polyphony. That’s a whole lot of awesomeness right there!
You can combine up to 128 steps of drum and synth patterns and there’s even a sidechain and 32 slots to save your work.
- 2-part Nova-heritage analogue-modelled synthesiser
- 4-part drum machine
- 4×8 grid of RGB, velocity-sensitive sequencer pads
- 6 voice polyphony
- Loads of oscillator types and wavetables
- 64 production-ready patches
- Step sequence or build live
- Lock your music in time and key
- Combine ready-made drum patterns
- 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 amazing delay and reverb effects
- 32 slots for creating, saving and playing tunes without a laptop
- Compact and battery powered
- Built-in speaker
- Works with computer and hardware via USB and MIDI