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Novation Circuit FREE Updates!

Published: Mon December 21, 2015  News Feed
The Novation Circuit is an innovative groovebox / synthesizer that can fully work as a standalone instrument, allowing you to quickly make new electronic music very easily, by combining Nova-heritage synths with expertly sculpted drums. The new updates make it even better!

Novation Circuit new updates

Whether you've already bought your Novation Circuit, or were thinking about buying one, now it's even better value, thanks to these free updates Novation have just announced, which include Synth Patch Editor, Beta Firmware and Midi CC Spec, just in time for Christmas!

But before we get into it, here's a look at what Circuit already can do, out of the box:

Novation's first update release (in beta) includes new hardware capabilities and bug fixes, plus a software synth patch editor made by Isotonik Studios, and MIDI CC specifications. This mean Circuit is an even better buy, now!

Beta Firmware Update. Included in this update:

Record External MIDI
  • Plug-in a controller keyboard using the included MIDI Din to Mini-Jack cable (additional MIDI cable required).
  • Use MIDI Channel 1, 2, and 10 to play and record Synth 1, 2, and Drums
  • All notes will be recorded into the sequencer
This all works via USB too. So you can have a MIDI file in your DAW and play it into the Circuit.

Improved Automation
  • Hold and release on Record button for temporary record
  • Easily switch in and out of record mode for quick automation and note overdubbing
Clear Step
  • When stopped, press record button, then a step. Holding Clear and wiggling a macro will delete the automation for that step only.
External MIDI program change
  • Change synth presets externally
Bug Fixes
  • Copying a step between tracks (synth -> synth, drum -> drum) now works correctly
  • Master filter is now always set to neutral (off) on startup irrespective of the knob position
  • Fixed stuck notes when switching sessions and after selecting patch 1
  • Fixed sporadic audio glitches with Synth
You can download it from the Novation beta website here:

Software Synth Patch Editor


Novation partnered with Isotonik Studios who've made a Max4Live device which can be used to edit synth presets on Circuit. The software allows owners to edit patches on their Circuit, save new patches to their unit, or create their own bank of 64 patches. We hope this will encourage customers to share patches with other Circuit users (have you joined the Circuit Owners Group yet!?).

Download it here*:

It is a Max4Live device and currently for Mac OS only, and you will need Ableton Live 9.5 Suite. This will run inside Live so also allows you to integrate Circuit into your Live workflow.

However, don’t worry if you don’t have Live Suite…..

Standalone versions are also available for Mac and PC. These are big files (because they operate in the Max Runtime environment), but are identical in function to the Max4Live version. They run on your computer even if you don’t have Live, or Max4Live, or Max MSP installed. Note that they are NOT plug-ins, so cannot be used in a DAW.

*this software has been built and will be supported by Isotonik Studios.

MIDI CC Specification

Novation have compiled a document containing every MIDI message that you can send to the Circuit to control synths, drums, mixer and FX, allowing users to create mappings for MIDI controllers.

To get the document, click here
The Future

This is just the beginning of Novation's work to develop and expand the capabilities of Circuit. This fantastic groovebox is already one of the most versatile and exciting portable instruments available today - a bona find synthesizer, drum-machine and sequencer groovebox... But it is bound to get even better! Novation are working on other items that they'll release as soon as they can.

Novation Circuit
If you're already a Circuit owner - congratulations! And if you haven't bought one yet... what are you waiting for? This is the perfect time! You will simply love it...

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