Novation Circuit Rhythm Standalone Beatmaking Sampler

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  • Novation Circuit Rhythm Standalone Beatmaking Sampler

    Refresh your sampling with hundreds of new, royalty-free samples for your Circuit Rhythm

    Circuit Rhythm’s sampling experience is taking a step up – we’re introducing over 550 new, royalty-free samples for you to add to your creative toolbox, all in the new Circuit Rhythm Sample Expansion Pack.

    Take your sampling even further and find new inspiration with six new sound packs. Ranging from vinyl samples and soulful chords to slick beats and organic instrumentation, the Sample Expansion pack boasts a wide array of styles and genres, available to download now. Free updates and samples will continue to roll out for Circuit Rhythm to support you and your music making.

    Liven up your sample library

    Head over to Novation Components to download and import your new sample packs, and start slicing, sculpting, and resampling your sounds effortlessly. Plug in your phone, turntable, or synths into Circuit Rhythm and record sounds directly to the machine. Follow your inspiration and combine your ideas with these stand-out sound packs for countless unique tracks.

    With eight flexible sample tracks, you can immediately play back samples however you choose, whether you’re chopping straight from vinyl, making basslines and melodies, or punching in drum grooves live.

    About the Sample Expansion Pack

    Find your inspiration with six new sound packs, all with their unique characteristics and various instruments for you to chop and change as you please and bring variety to your music.

    Coastline Bliss will have you drifting away to a golden coastal sunset with grainy vinyl samples and sharp beats, and Trap Hop is full of dark hip-hop influences, sourced from warped sound design and expected tight trap beats. For bass-heavy beats, Daybreak Trap blends chilled guitar melodies, deep sub basses, and tight percussion to create a serene, yet driving sound pack.

    Neo Soul is a collection of soulful sounds with organic instrumentation, laid-back beats and stunning top lines – perfect for lo-fi hip-hop. East Coast Soul paints a sunset drenched horizon with vibrant chord progressions, electric pianos and shimmering digital leads. Get crooked with Wonky Hip-Hop and make memorable tracks with intimate guitars, compact hip-hop beats and the smoothest of bass lines.

    Reinventing Circuit Rhythm with firmware 2.0
    Circuit Rhythm’s firmware 2.0 update brings editable Grid FX, Beat Match, Fixed Length Recording and improved arrangement capabilities for greater flexibility with beat making.
    Novation’s Circuit groove box has garnered dedicated fans across the globe for its fun and intuitive approach to beat making and frequent firmware updates that added new features and a large catalogue of samples to constantly improve the way its users could make music. With the launch of Circuit Rhythm in 2021, the Circuit legacy continued, taking beat making, sampling and performance to new heights.

    Just in time for the holiday season, Novation is launching the firmware 2.0 update, which adds significant new features to Circuit Rhythm, making it more intuitive than ever to use with more ways for users to be expressive with their beats.

    With the new Beat Match feature, Circuit Rhythm owners can speed their samples up or down to get drum break perfectly in time with their session and make beats flow seamlessly. Fixed Length Recording lets users record samples in perfect time with their current project. A new toggle in the Sample Record View lets creators choose between a fixed length sample recording of 8, 16, 32, or 64 steps.

    Beatmakers can create dynamic sonic performances and take control of grid FX parameters directly from Circuit Rhythm using editable Grid FX, so they can keep their mind on the music. They can also store patterns and muted track states to Scenes to quickly build an arrangement for their beat, without the need to have any empty patterns in a project.

    The firmware 2.0 update for Circuit Rhythm opens the doors for truly expressive beats and vibrant performances, giving beatmakers new ways to make music and stay inspired.
    Continued innovation through updates
    As ever, Novation continues to respond to feedback from the dedicated community of Circuit users. Through regular firmware updates, Novation encourages their users to make music in new creative ways, as well assuring their community the instruments they use have features that will enhance their music making.
    With numerous free sample packs available to download, including over 500 sounds across different genres, and new Novation 30th Anniversary packs containing exclusive curated samples, Circuit Rhythm creators can stay inspired and continue to push the limits of their music.

    2.0 Firmware Update

    Firmware version 2.0 for Circuit Rhythm introduces more options for expressive performance and flexible sampling.

    Beat Match

    With Beat Match, you can pitch your samples up or down to get drum brakes perfectly in time with your session and make your beats flow seamlessly. Two new Beat Match pads in the Sample Mode Menu let you speed up or slow down the selected sample so that it fits seamlessly with your project.

    Fixed Length Recording

    You can now record samples so that they’ll be perfectly in time with your current project. A new toggle in the Sample Record View lets you choose between a fixed length sample recording of 8, 16, 32, or 64 steps.

    Perform with Grid FX Parameters

    Take full control of your performances and tweak your sound to perfection with on-board controls for Grid FX. Every Grid FX parameter is now available to control directly with Rhythm’s macro knobs. Performance Mode lets you go wild with temporary changes, while Edit Mode gives you the ability to make permanent changes to the Grid FX slots in your project.

    Improved Arrangement: Save Mutes States to Scenes

    Muted track states are now stored with Scenes, so you can more easily arrange your track without the need to have any empty patterns in your project.

    Trigger recorded Samples Immediately in Sample Record View

    Newly recorded samples may now be triggered immediately in Sample Record view, so you can quickly decide if you’re happy with your sample.

    Novation Circuit Rhythm Standalone Beatmaking Sampler Features:

    Sound Engine & Sequencer

    • Maximum Polyphony (8 voices)
    • Recordable Samples = 4096 (128 samples x 32 Packs [1 internal Pack / 31 Packs on micro-SD Card)
    • Patterns (8 patterns x 8 tracks x 64 projects x 32 Packs)
    • Max Sampling Time (228 seconds per Pack (32 seconds max per pad))
    • Import Format (WAV, MP3)
    • Pattern Sequencer/Step Sequencer
    • Resolution (24ppqn quarter note)
    • Pattern length (1/32 note to 64 bars)
    • Recording method (Real-time Quantization on/off, Programmable Step Sequencer with
    • Micro-steps/Probability/Mutate)
    • Playback direction (forwards, reverse, ping-pong, random)
    • Effects (Delay Send with 16 presets, Reverb Send with 8 presets, Side Chain with 7 presets)
    • Grid FX (Vinyl Sim, Beat Repeat, Reverse, Filter, Gater, Phaser, Digitiser)
    • Sample playback (Slice, Chromatic, One-Shot, Gated, Looped, Reverse)
    • 8 macro knobs (Pitch, Start, Length, Envelope, Overdrive, HP Filter, LP Filter, Resonance),
    • Master volume
    • Master Filter (High/Low Pass)

    Product Hardware Specifications

    • 32 RGB backlit velocity-sensitive pads
    • 28 RGB backlit tactile click buttons
    • Power button with charge status LED
    • Rechargeable battery (up to 4 hours battery life)
    • Expandable Storage (slot for microSD card (sold separately) for 31 extra packs)
    • USB-C socket (power delivery, charging, MIDI)
    • Kensington MiniSaver slot
    • MicroSD card slot
    • 3x MIDI DIN (In, Out, Thru)
    • 5mm sync out
    • L/R Sample in Pair (for recording samples)
    • L/R Audio Out Pair
    • Headphones out
    • 8x endless encoders with RGB indicators
    • Master volume pot
    • Master filter pot with centre detent
    • Kensington MiniSaver slot

    Software Compatibility

    • Circuit Rhythm is class compliant so it will work with any modern Mac or Windows PC.
    • Load and backup packs, samples, Projects, and Grid FX with Novation Components online or
    • using the standalone appliciation.

    Included with Circuit Rhythm

    • USB-C cable, USB power supply, Safety information.

    Power Requirements

    • USB bus powered
    • Built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (up to 4-hour run-time). Charge via USB-C port.

    Product Dimensions

    • 240mm length x 210mm depth x 30mm height (40mm height including knob caps)
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