Novation’s new Circuit ($329.99, available this month) is a standalone “groove box” that combines Nova-heritage synths with sculpted drums. Users can apply Circuit to create an entire tune by combining up to 128 steps of synth and drum patterns, then add space, depth and energy to music with built-in effects; sidechain is included. Compositions can be saved to one of 32 slots. Being battery powered, Circuit can be used anywhere, and creations can be loaded into a DAW later.
Key features include a two-part Nova-heritage analogue-modelled synthesizer; 4-part drum machine; 4x8 grid of RGB, velocity-sensitive sequencer pads; 6 voice polyphony; many oscillator types and wavetables; 64 production-ready patches; built-in speaker; and USB or MIDI-ready, for use with outside computer-based DAWs and other hardware.
Circuit ships with a USB cable, two MIDI breakout cables (3.5mm jack to female 5-pin DIN), 6x AA batteries, and a 12V DC power supply as well as guides to get started.