Novation today officially introduced the Circuit Rhythm, the third groovebox in the Circuit family.
The Circuit Rhythm keeps the streamlined grid-based sequencing interface of the original Circuit, but focuses on sampling and sample sequencing. Instead of offering two synthesis and 4 drum tracks, the Circuit Rhythm features 8 Flexible Sample Tracks.
With the Circuit Rhythm, you can record samples directly to the hardware, then slice, sculpt and resample your sounds. You can record performances quantized or off-grid, and arrange them with eight sample tracks. You can also add effects, including lo-fi tape, beat repeat and more.
- Record samples directly to the hardware, then slice, sculpt and resample your sounds. Slice, reverse, loop, play chromatically, and more
- Perform with grid FX
- Make beats with eight sample tracks, each with their own 32-step patterns, chainable for up to 256 steps per track.
- Capture your groove quantized or off grid into the sequencer, and keep your beats evolving with probability and pattern mutate.
- Effects – add reverb and delay, make your mix pump with sidechain, and add punch with the master compressor.
- Comprehensive connectivity – Connect to your studio with full-size five-pin MIDI in, out, and thru, and analog sync out. Sample to mono, or monitor through stereo out or with headphones.
- microSD card slot too save and access thousands of samples and projects.
- The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of battery life
- 32 RGB backlit velocity-sensitive pads
- 28 RGB backlit tactile click buttons
- Power button with charge status LED
- USB-C socket
- Kensington MiniSaver slot
- MicroSD card slot
- 3x MIDI DIN (In, Out, Thru)
- 3.5mm sync out
- L/R Sample In Pair
- L/R Audio Out Pair
- Headphones out
- 8x endless encoders with RGB indicators
- Master volume pot
- Master filter pot with centre detent
Here’s an example performance, Falling Petals, by Enrique Martinez:
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Falling Petals:
Pricing and Availability:
The Novation Circuit Rhythm is available to pre-order for $399 USD. It’s expected to be available in July 2021.