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 beatmaking.
Novation’s Circuit grooveboxhas garnered dedicated fans across the globe for its fun and intuitive approach to beatmaking 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 beatmaking, 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 breaks perfectly in time with their session and makebeats 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.
Bringing new life to beatmaking: Circuit Rhythm reinvented with firmware 2.0.
Circuit Rhythm’s 2.0 firmware update brings greater flexibility with beatmaking with editable Grid FX, Beat Match, Fixed Length Recording, and Sample Record.
Firmware 2.0 adds significant new features to Circuit Rhythm, making it more intuitive than ever to use. As such, we have updated the copy for Circuit Rhythm product listings with the new ways that owners can make music and create inspired performances.
Sample. Make beats. Perform.
Circuit Rhythm is a versatile sampler for making and performing beats. Record samples directly to the hardware, then slice, sculpt and resample your sounds effortlessly. Capture your groove quantised or off-grid into the sequencer, and layer up across eight sample tracks. Invigorate your live set with performance FX: embrace imperfection with lo-fi tape, stutter your mix with beat repeat, and more. Integrate Circuit Rhythm into your studio, or unplug and create anywhere utilising the built-in rechargeable battery.
Making beats, made easy
Push your beatmaking further and transform samples into incredible tracks with Circuit Rhythm. Tweak samples to perfection, edit patterns on the fly and build beats in no time with a streamlined screenless workflow and a lightning-fast sequencer.
A powerful and flexible sampler
Find your groove with no limits to your sound. Make beats with high-quality artist sounds out of the box, or plug your phone, turntable or synths into Circuit Rhythm and record sounds directly to the machine, then process and resample them.
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.
The perfect performance tool
Bring killer highs and drops to your live sets with a DJ-style master filter and a wide range of performance effects. Embrace imperfection with Vinyl Simulation & Digitiser, stutter your mix with Beat Repeat and Gater, turn back time with Reverser, and explore new timbres with Auto-Filter and Phaser for a truly dynamic sound. With Grid FX, you can give samples new life.
Make music, anywhere
Bring beats to life wherever inspiration strikes you. Circuit Rhythm’s portability makes it the best friend of the beatmaker on-the-go. With a built-in rechargeable battery and microSD card for expandable storage, you can create, perform and store full length beats all in one place.
Optimised for studio integration
Circuit Rhythm integrates easily into any studio setup. With full-size MIDI DIN, sync out, and audio in, partner Circuit Rhythm with your favourite hardware or software and create music without resistance. It’s the perfect modern beatmaking sampler and drum machine to complement your studio workflow.
Take control of your samples
Get hands-on with your samples with controls for distortion, slope, high and low pass filters, and more. Send tracks to lush delay and reverb for huge sounds and make your beats pump with side chain. The master compressor glues your mix together, so your beats are fire every time.
Manage your music with Components
Novation Components is Circuit Rhythm’s online companion that makes it easy to back up and manage your projects, samples, and Grid FX templates in one convenient place. Designed to work seamlessly with your device, you can keep your custom sample library organised with cloud back up, and make the most of sample packs available to download and use in your productions.
Sample and resample
Record samples directly to the hardware, then slice, sculpt and resample your sounds effortlessly.
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 vinyl simulation, 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 beatmaking 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 add punch with the master compressor.
Connect to your studio with full-size five-pin MIDI in, out, and thru, and analogue sync out. Sample to mono, or monitor through stereo out or with headphones.
Never stop creating
Insert a microSD card to save and access thousands of samples and projects.
The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of battery life, so you can make beats anywhere inspiration strikes.
Go further with Novation Components
Novation Components is the online companion that lets you load samples and back up your work.
Circuit Rhythm joins Novation’s growing Circuit family, and takes after the original Novation Circuit, launched in 2015, bolstered by amazing new features. To compare Circuit Rhythm alongside Circuit and Circuit Tracks and to find the groovebox with the right features for you, check out our comparison page.
- Product Hardware Specifications
- 32 RGB backlit velocity-sensitive pads
- 28 RGB backlit tactile click buttons
- Power button with charge status LED
- USB-C socket
- Kensington MiniSaver slot
- MicroSD card slot
- 3x MIDI DIN (In, Out, Thru)
- 3.5mm sync out
- L/R Sample In Pair
- L/R Audio Out Pair
- Headphones out
- 8x endless encoders with RGB indicators
- Master volume pot
- Master filter pot with centre detent
- 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)