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Novation Circuit Groovebox Synth

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The Novation Circuit is a brand new standalone grid based synth that will take you from no idea to full track in no time.

It combines the amazing sounds of the Nova synths and a 4 part drum machine with the creative workflow of a launchpad. This results in a fantastically fun new instrument that will put a smile on your face.

Simple to pick up, Inspirational to use

Circuit is 2 parts synthesizer, 4 parts drum machine with a 4x8 RGB velocity-sensitive grid sequencer.

With a wide range of features right at your fingertips, you won't be fumbling through menus. Instead you'll be creating fantastic ideas that turn into full tracks in no time.

Cutting Edge Sounds

Novation have built on their history with the fantastic flagship Nova line to bring you some of the best sounds in the business. Featuring both mono and polyphonic patches that are packed full of character; these tones will fuel your creative mind as well as put a smile on your face when you get that perfect groove!

Standalone Groovebox

Circuit is a compact battery-powered groovebox that can create and save full tracks without the need for a computer or DAW. You don't even need speakers or headphones because there's a handy speaker built in. Of course for the best sounds you'll want to plug into your favourite sound system, but the built in speaker is a great addition for if you're constantly on the move but still want to be creating tracks as you go.

Included Software

With the Circuit you get Ableton Live Lite, the lightweight version of one of the most popular digital audio workstations around to get started making music. And with Loopmasters you get access to a 4GB library of royalty-free samples to inspire or use in your music. You also get access to the Novation Sound Collective which provides Novation users with new sounds to explore every few months. Click here for more info.

You also get Melodics, a handy desktop app that's a fun and intuitive way to learn how to play MIDI keyboards, pad controllers, and drums. Melodics provides you with challenges, structured learning, and goals to make learning less intimidating and more exciting.

3 year warranty

All Novation products come with a 3 year warranty from the point of purchase, if bought after October 2016. Visit Novation's site for more infomation.

Circuit Main Features

Ideas in seconds:

Circuit inspires, straight out the box. It combines a 2-part synthesiser and a 4-part drum machine with a 4x8 RGB velocity-sensitive grid sequencer, which will have you finding new musical directions and creating electronic grooves in no time.

Stand alone:

Compact and battery powered with a powerful built-in speaker, Circuit can be used to make music entirely on its own. In the studio it will work alongside your standalone synth gear and run in sync with your music software too. It’s all you need to inspire, create and play new tunes. Cutting edge sound: building on our true Nova heritage, Circuit delivers cuttingedge
sound with production-ready mono and poly patches, and tons of character, for easily creating deep bass lines, epic leads and warm pads.

Build ideas quickly:

Circuit’s split grid shows your steps and notes at the same time, so you can sequence and play while seeing exactly what’s going on. Build up your parts quickly and easily, either by programming each step or capturing your performance in real-time.

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?

Velocity sensitive RGB pads let you quickly build expressive drum beats, by step sequencing or playing the wide range of drum sounds. Define your sound with total control over pitch, decay, distortion and EQ.

Easily tweak your sound:

Create subtle builds and breaks by tweaking your synth and drum sounds using eight endless macro knobs. Each one lets you make multiple changes to your sound, with RGB LED feedback.

Build whole tunes with effects:

Create an entire tune by combining up to 128 steps of synth and drum 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 slots

V1.8 Update

Released in March 2019, the version 1.8 firmware update brings more much-requested features to the Circuit. These features include:

  • Non-quantised recording: You can now record "off the grid", capturing synth and drum tracks directly to microsteps giving you more freedom to create outside of the standard 16 step grid.
  • Synth microstep edit: To go along with non-quantised recording you can now edit at the micropstp level as well.
  • Per-note velocity tracking: Now when you record a note on the same step as another the notes will maintain their individual velocities rather than be assigned the same one.
  • Assignable MIDI channels: You can now change the Circuit's MIDI channel assignment away from the default.

V1.7 Features

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.


  • Height: 5 cm
  • Width: 24 cm
  • Depth: 20 cm
  • Weight: 0.95 Kg
  • Synthesizer: 2 Part
  • Drum Machine: 4 Part
  • Operation Modes: Standalone or USB
  • Inputs: 1 x 3.5mm MIDI (Breakout Cable Included)
  • Outputs: 1 x 3.5mm MIDI (Breakout Cable Included), 2 x ¼” Jack (Line Out)
  • Additional Connections: 1 x USB
  • Speaker: Built In
  • Rotary Encoders: 10
  • Pads: 32 x Velocity Sensitive
  • Buttons: 28
  • Backlit: RBG LEDs
  • Power Requirements: 12V DC Power Supply or 6 x AA Batteries (Supplied)
  • Included Software: Ableton Live Lite, 4GB Loopmasters Sounds & Samples
  • Included Hardware: USB Cable, 2 x MIDI Breakout Cables, 6 x AA Batteries, 12V DC Power Supply
  • Included Manuals: Circuit Patches Sheet, Safety Information Sheet, Printed 'Getting Started' Guide
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