Novation Circuit Rhythm Music Production Workstation

Record samples, slice them up, create beats, perform live, add effects and imperfections, and connect to your other gear with the Novation Circuit Rhythm.

Novation Circuit Rhythm is the powerful and versatile standalone sampler for the modern beatmaker. Samples can be recorded directly to the hardware, then sliced sculpted, reversed, looped, resampled and played chromatically -- all in the box. Grid FX invigorate your live performances, with lo-fi tape, stutter, beat repeat effects, and more.


Get an overview of what Circuit Rhythm can do in this video from Novation:


Eight Sample tracks -- each with their own 32-step patterns, chainable for up to 256 steps per track -- provide a seamless beat making workflow. Go from a sample to a complete beat with ease using the powerful and hands-on sequencer. Grooves can be quantised or captured off-grid into the sequencer, and probability and pattern mutate controls keep your beats evolving.

Circuit Rhythm's comprehensive connectivity includes full-size five-pin MIDI in, out, and thru, and analogue sync out, making it the perfect sampler partner to any studio rig. The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of battery life, so you can make beats on the move, and Novation Components provides a platform to load samples and backup your work.

A powerful and versatile sampler for making and performing beats. Record samples directly in, then slice, sculpt and resample them effortlessly. Grooves can be quantised or captured off-grid, and layers can be built up across eight sample tracks. Live sets come alive with performance FX. Circuit Rhythm can be integrated into any MIDI-enabled read more studio rig or unplugged for creators on the move.

Sample and Resample

Record samples directly to the hardware, then slice, sculpt and resample your sounds effortlessly.

Take a quick look at recording and editing a sample on Circuit Rhythm:


Slice, reverse, loop, play chromatically, and more

Playback samples however you choose, whether you're chopping straight from vinyl, making basslines and melodies, or punching in drums.

Perform with grid FX

Invigorate your live set with performance FX: embrace imperfection with lo-fi tape, stutter your mix with beat repeat, and more.

Eight Sample tracks

Make beats with eight sample tracks, each with their own 32-step patterns, chainable for up to 256 steps per track.

Seamless beat making workflow

Go from a sample to a complete beat with ease using the powerful and hands-on sequencer.

Go off grid

Capture your groove quantised or off-grid into the sequencer, and keep your beats evolving with probability and pattern mutate.

FX on everything

Douse samples in lush reverb and delay, make your mix pump with sidechain, and punch with the master compressor.

Comprehensive connectivity

Connect to your studio with full-size five-pin MIDI in, out, and thru, and analogue sync out. Sample through stereo inputs and listen through stereo out or with headphones.

Never stop creating

Insert a microSD card to save and access thousands of samples and projects.

Create anywhere

The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of battery life, so you can make beats on the move.

Go further with Components

Novation Components is the online companion that lets you load samples and backup your work.

Circuit Rhythm Sample Pack Expansion

Use the six sample packs with over 550 royalty-free samples to add flavor to your tracks. Get inspired by vinyl samples and tight beats spanning hip-hop, trap, neo-soul and more to give your beats new life and bring out your creativity. Packs are available for free through the Novation Components online site.

Circuit Rhythm Firmware 2.0

Circuit Rhythm's firmware 2.0 update brings new editable Grid FX, Beat Match, Fixed Length Recording and Sample Record for greater flexibility with beatmaking.

Included Software: Novation Components Standalone software.

What's in The Box?
- Circuit Rhythm
- USB-A to USB-C cable (1.5m)
- USB Power Adaptor
- Safety Information Sheet
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.p65Warnings.ca.gov.
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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)
- 3.5mm sync out
- L/R Sample In Pair (for recording samples)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 3.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 13 x 10 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AMS-CIRCUIT-RHYTHM

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-431-2609

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 2 out of 5 stars. (2 ratings)
Submitted March 11, 2022 by Ethan G in San Diego, CA

"Good Sounding Effects - Bad UI"

Overall: 2 out of 5 stars
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Off the bat the build quality was cheaper than I expected, as it seemed to be mainly plastic, but not even a more rugged thick plastic. Infinite scroll data knobs for most of the controls, and velocity sensitive pads which are the same ones as the novation launch key, so the pads are at least reliable (albeit small). The rechargeable battery is nice, and the weight and size are good.However, the boot up is super slow and the setup takes a few. At first I appreciated the free samples thrown in to demo the device but after a while I seemed inundated with them when I realized there’s like 8 banks full of monophonic chops. Now you have to take time to clear some out and set up new projects/banks. Overall the user interface is not intuitive or as nearly approachable as other units in the range.This is definitely more effective as a sequencer and effects unit, but it’s not ideal if you like looping, layering, resampling, and easy capture. The unit automatically aligns everything to a grid, so although you can get close you can’t actually get a true, loose, swinging feel. The Grid FX do sound great and the programmable effects automation is nice but that’s the extent of my positive experiences with the device. Happy Shopping!

Musical Background:

Professional recording artist, 16 years of experience.

Musical Style:

Hip Hop, Alternative, Psychedelic, Synthwave
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