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.

Sound Collective

Register your Circuit Rhythm today to get access to free plugins and content with Novation Sound Collective.

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.

Included Software:
- Novation Components Standalone software.
- Sound Collective - Bringing Novation hardware owners a new free plug-in every couple of months.

What's in The Box?
- Circuit Rhythm
- USB-A to USB-C cable (1.5m)
- USB Power Adaptor
- Safety Information Sheet
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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
Blemished
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 3 out of 5 stars. (2 ratings)
Submitted October 11, 2021 by Ryan D in Cincinnati, OH
"Okay Product, Needs A lot of Work"
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
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I purchased this product a few days ago. For some people that might work. But for those who need more advanced features… This is not for you. The grid layout is not that difficult to comprehend. Especially in a few minutes to read the instruction manual is all that it takes to get a grip on how this sampler works. However, novation has a great concept here… But it misses the mark in many different ways. First, there is no attack sustain delay and release functionality. There is one knob that is slightly punchy with no release if it’s turn to the left, and hardly no attack at all with a lot of release at the end. Another issue is that the knobs are extremely sensitive. It is extremely difficult to hone down the exact effects that you’d like in the exact levels that you would like. A tiny turn of the effects knobs is the difference between subtle and chaotic. There’s no in between. There is no time stretching capabilities. You can either pitch up and down by a few cents, or if you semitones. Again… It’s really hard to pitch up or down… Especially if you’re dealing with a drum loop. There is no automatic BPM detection if you record a drum loop. That means that trying to slice a drum loop almost ends up needing to be a manual and tedious process.This unit has automatic threshold recording capability. However, the threshold is not changeable by the user. It’s such a -54 dB. So if you have a vinyl record you’re trying to lift a kick drum off of, Some types of read more vinyl noise will automatically set off the recording before you wanted to do so. When I was recording samples from a digital piano, that was no issue. The onboard effects are not really worth a dime. You have to manipulate them from the Novation components app on your computer. Once they are set… Then you have to send it to the device. You cannot manipulate your fax directly from the unit. All in all, it’s a good idea… But the designers and creators need to go back to the drawing board and iron out many of the wrinkles that are on this unit. One thing I wish this unit had was press and release sample recording. I’m surprised that it doesn’t because many of the other functionalities of this unit have the capability of adjusting whether or not a button is toggle, or press and release-based. What I would like to do is start playing the sample a few measures ahead of time, and when I come close to the samples I want to record, I would press and hold the record button to start sampling… And to stop sampling, release the record button. This unit does not have that capability. The record is a toggle operation instead. Sometimes if you wanna record a drum hit, records a variety of needless sounds … And trimming the samples can be somewhat tricky because of the extreme sensitivity of the control knobs. Again, it always feels like there is no gray area… As either black or white. There is, to be fair, the capability of fine-tuning a sample start and end time… But unless you have the shift button set a towel mode… It makes it extremely difficult to do.I do find that the unit has a lot of positives as well. Memory to be easily added to expand the capabilities of this unit. It takes a microSD card. In addition, the novation components platform is absolutely terrific at managing your sample packs. It’s easy to manage your sample packs from samples that you’ve recorded… Or samples you would like to load onto the unit. It makes it very easy to do that. It requires very little power to operate. It has an internal rechargeable battery which means… You can take it with you on the go and record samples and load it into the unit. I don’t believe this unit is worth $399. Alternatively, maybe 199 or 299 at most. It’s OK… But if you are serious about sampling, and you’re looking for an external unit to manage your sample files for you… Spend the extra The sound that comes out of this product is very good. The included factory packs have rather excellent samples. The difficulty and the dissatisfaction from this product stems from manual sample recording.money and go with a Akai sampler. If you’re looking for something basic, this will be it.

Sound
The sound that comes out of this product is very good. The included factory packs have rather excellent samples. The difficulty and the dissatisfaction from this product stems from manual sample recording.

Features
The most useful features of this unit is the Novation components app that goes alongside this product. In addition… The factory sounds are very good. The onboard effects however are lacking, mediocre quality at best, and the extreme sensitivity of the knobs is the difference between subtle and extreme effects. Again… There are no attack sustained delay in release settings for this unit. There is no time stretching capability for this unit.

Ease of Use
If you have some patience… You can get some really good sounds from this unit. However, I found it difficult to do so.

Quality
For being a plastic with rubber pads… It actually is a sturdy unit. It seems like it’s well-built. As long as it’s properly taken care of… Should last for quite a while.

Value
I do not believe this product is worth $399. It’s lacking serious features that should be standard on any sampler. In addition… The onboard effects are not good… Mediocre at best. You could have a better sampling experience by using your DAW built-in sampler.

Manufacturer Support
I’ve purchased several novation products in the past. This is the first one that I’m truly disappointed with it.

The Wow Factor
This product is appealing… But once the end-user dives in to really find out the lack of important features… It makes it incredibly unappealing really quick.

Musical Background:
Remixer and Producer

Musical Style:
House
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