Novation Circuit Groovebox with Sample Import

Portable 4 x 8 Pad Matrix Synthesizer Workstation with 2 Nova Series Synth Engines, 4-part Drum Machine, Effects, 128-step Sequencer, and Onboard Speaker
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Create Killer Beats and Grooves Anywhere!

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.

Novation Circuit Electronic Music Workstation at a Glance:
  • Get creative with a world of classic Novation sound
  • Intuitive workflow lets you get your ideas down fast
  • Standalone freedom that's also amazing in the studio
  • Components expand your functionality
  • Circuit Firmware 1.4 adds powerful feature updates
Get creative with a world of classic Novation sound

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 Sweetwater 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.

Intuitive workflow lets you get your ideas down fast

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!

Standalone freedom that's also amazing in the studio

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.

Components expand your functionality

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!

Circuit Firmware 1.4 adds powerful feature updates

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.

Novation Circuit Electronic Music Workstation Features:
  • A powerful electronic music workstation with Nova-series synth engines and sequencing
  • Comprehensive RGB-backlit 4 x 8 pad matrix makes playing and sequencing intuitive
  • 2-part Nova-series analog-modeled synthesizer with 64 presets delivers amazing sound
  • 4-part rhythm machine lets you lay down beats and create compelling drum sequences
  • Load up to 60 seconds of your own samples via a browser-based editor/librarian
  • Perform live with or without real-time quantization or step sequence on a detailed grid layout
  • Lock your synths to a specific key to quickly create music without worrying about wrong notes
  • Store your creations in 32 slots for performance and easy recall
  • Battery power and built-in speaker let you create and perform music anywhere
  • USB and MIDI connections provide compatibility with the rest of your electronic music gear
  • Components expand your functionality with powerful web-based tools
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite and 1GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
Create exciting electronic music anywhere with a Novation Circuit synthesizer workstation!

Tech Specs

Internal Sound Engine Yes
Sequencer 6-track, 16-step sequencer
Manufacturer Presets 64 synth patches, 64 drum sounds
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
Effects Types Reverb, Delay
USB 1 x USB Type B
Power Supply 12 DC power supply or 6 x AA batteries
Depth 7.8"
Width 9.4"
Height 1.37"
Manufacturer Part Number NOVSYNTH04

Customer Reviews

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Better than the hype

This is the most fun I've ever had with a groove box. Two full synths, four channels of drums and good effects all in an easy-to-use package? Amazing. I find myself writing songs on this thing, sketching ideas and just jamming all the time.

An Instrument in its Own Right!

I haven't had this machine for very long, but from what I've seen, it blows other performance grooveboxes away! Four tracks of drum sequencing, two tracks of synth sequencing, up to 6 voices polyphony each, up to 8 bars of sequencing, FX, mixer, and on! The circuit is great for the electronic musician who goes everywhere (like at a college). For a few years, I've been using the Propellerhead/Allihoopa app, Figure. If you use figure and appreciate the simplicity and don't mind the limitations, Circuit is the instrument for you. With stereo audio outs, and MIDI, as well as firmware updates (such as the components update that came out recently, loving it), this little has unlimited potential. Just get it.
Music background: Worship musician, producer, DJ


This thing is EXCELLENT!!!! I come from a live sound reinforcement background and am now learning the software part of the field and it can be difficult to catch on to the flow in the software. With that all said. Out of the box the presets them self are fun to play around with. Also watching the tutorial on the sweetwater helped to give me enough to keep me in a trance and space out and feeling as if I knew what I was doing. If your into DJing or production of beats or dance club music or just need a device that you don't need a music degree or classes or even hours of watching videos this device is for you. Check it out I think you'll be happy you did. And the price won't break the bank. Peace
Music background: Experianced

More than a 'sketch pad'

I bought this as a 'musical sketch pad' to take down by river or woods with headphones, H6 Recorder, QuNexus, and an iPad, and a couple battery packs in order to switch my surroundings up a bit and love the straight-forward and intuitive interface and fact it's standalone. I really did not take much notice to this upon release last Fall, '15 for a few reasons: 1) I already own the monster groove box analog/digital Hybrid Synth, the Radikal Technologies Spetralis 2, and 2) had not heard anything that showed Novation Circuit doing ambient or experimental until a week ago, so took the plunge, as it's not really expensive but built really well. Do not be fooled into thinking this is a mere 'toy' or too limited because of 64 synth starting points and 64 percussive sounds, because you can tweak the -2- Nova Synth Engines a vast amount, plus there's now an editor and more on way. I certainly have other instruments for other drums so what I really like about this Circuit, without meaning to diminish it's synth engines, as they are great; is you can sequence externally via midi using Synth 1 and Synth 2 on respective midi channels 1 and 2, and drums externally on midi channel 10. This makes this quite the utilitarian little monster. Love it. It's got it's quirks but what does not? Thanks again to my Sales Rep, Nick LaMendola at Sweetwater. Great customer service, nothing less.
Music background: Using music for it's healing therapeutic qualities for my military related PTSD.

Easy to use very good sound

An excellent piece of gear that will suit both the novice and the seasoned pro. Good sounds throughout and recordable automation puts the icing on the cake. Fun is the key word here, it has it in abundance. The unexpected results from a few minutes of twiddling can be stunning. Paul W.
See also: Novation, Novation Sequencers