Novation Circuit is a new, grid-based groovebox that incorporates two synths, four-part drum-machine and sequencer, and can be used standalone!
Are you ready for Circuit? Here's our Top 5 reasons why you'll love it...
1) IT'S A STANDALONE UNIT!
For years many musicians and producers have been hoping for a powerful, new grid-based controller that could be used live as an stand-alone musical instrument. Ableton Push wasn't it. Novation's own Launchpad Pro wasn't one, either. But now, here comes Novation Circuit... and this is what we've been waiting for!
Circuit is battery-powered and lets you create tunes from scratch, anywhere, on the go! You don't even need speakers, because Circuit has one already built-in. Of course, you can also save your tunes, upload them to your DAW, or connect Circuit to external speakers for live performance. It's not just a grid-controller... it's an actual musical instrument, which you can play anywhere, anytime.
2) IT'S A PRETTY GREAT POLYSYNTH!
Considering its size and price, you get a pretty great synthesizer for such an affordable, compact unit: it features 2 Nova synth engines with 6-note polyphony each, 8 macro controls and 64 patches. Circuit delivers cutting-edge sound with production-ready monophonic and polyphonic patches and tons of character for easily creating deep bass lines, epic leads and warm pads.
It's just great fun to play, with a fantastic range of synthesizer sounds!
3) IT'S ALSO A DRUM-MACHINE & STEP SEQUENCER!
Circuit is also a really great sounding, 4-part drum-machine with some classic 808-style sounds, and then some. Like any good drum-machine, you can adjust velocity, tempo and swing, plus create beats in real time. As easy as it gets! It features four drum parameter controls (Pitch, Decay, Distortion, Filter) and 64 patches.
Think about it this way - if you were on the market looking for a drum-machine only, you'd be very happy with a Novation Circuit, but the fact you'll get so much more than just a drum-machine makes this an awesome purchase!
4) IT'S A COMPACT, LAUNCHPAD-STYLE MIDI CONTROLLER
You can also use Circuit as a 32-grid MIDI Controller, pretty much as a more compact version of the popular Launchpad. It comes bundled with Ableton Live Lite and works like any standard MIDI controller. But... how many MIDI controllers can offer as much as Circuit does? Well, none!
It's pretty unlikely that anyone will be buying Circuit just to use it as a MIDI controller, because a Launchpad Pro is still cheaper, for instance. But if you were thinking about buying a MIDI Controllers and a synth... or a drum-machine and a controller... then you start to realize how much money you'll be saving! Whether you'll use Circuit mainly as one thing or the other, its versatility is something very refreshing, and due to its ease of use you might even find yourself using it in ways you were not intending to at first. That's one of the reasons it's already being hailed as a great, creative tool.
5) AND DID WE MENTION JUST HOW AFFORDABLE IT IS?
The Novation Circuit is fantastic value for money: it's a synthesizer, a drum-machine, a step-sequencer and a MIDI Controller - and performs those tasks extremely well. It's easy and fun to use. It's... inspirational! It can do so much, and so easily and intuitively, that you can't help but feeling inspired! Circuit is a great investment - and you'll certainly get more out of it than you could have reasonably hoped, specially for the price! You will love it... and it's no wonder Circuit received so many rave reviews straight away, such as these:
"...a truly self-contained musical marvel...It is without a doubt about the most musical fun you can have with one box and no computer, and I haven’t made music so quickly in 20-odd years of reviewing gear."- Music Tech
"Circuit really feels like it’s about intuition, experimentation, and happy accidents" - Create Digital Music
"It’s one of the most accessible pieces of gear I’ve ever used” - FACT
To find out more, visit our Novation Circuit product page.
More info can be found at the official Novation Circuit page.