New York, NY (August 17, 2016)—Novation’s Circuit “groove box” has gained its v1.3 firmware update, free to all Circuit owners. Delivering “several feature requests from Circuit’s dedicated owners’ group plus a number of usability tweaks,” explains Novation, Circuit now offers Sample Flip, Sample Preview, Session Colours and Single Session Backup along with updates to Sample Import, Session switching and more.
The brand new Sample Flip function allows users to create multi-sample drum lines on each of Circuit’s drum tracks. In previous versions of Circuit firmware, only one sound could be used on each drum track.
Now, users can select a different sample for each step in all four of the drum tracks. For example, kick and snare can be on ‘Drum 1’, freeing up other tracks for additional instrumentation or sample playback. “This totally transforms Circuit’s drum- and sample-programming functionality and opens it up to new styles of music,” offers Novation promotional materials.
A commonly requested feature, Sample Preview allows users to play and preview samples without programming them into a pattern. In the studio, this speeds up the drum-programming process immensely due to the speed at which users can audition sounds.
On stage, users can live-play any sample along to existing drum patterns, using Circuit’s velocity-sensitive pads.