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.

Features:

  • 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

Specifications:

  • 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.

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