Novation Circuit 2-Part Synthesiser With A 4×8 RGB Velocity-Sensitive Grid Sequencer



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The inspirational grid-based groove box.

Circuit is designed to inspire. Two Novation polysynths and a four-part drum machine, combined with an intuitive grid-based sequencer in a standalone box that will have you making electronic music in minutes. Hit some pads, tweak the knobs and your track will start to emerge, all locked in time and key. Play around with effects, patterns and sounds in real time, to produce your track, brimming with fat grooves and beats.



All You Need To Make Music – Anywhere

Compact and battery powered with a powerful built-in speaker, Circuit can be used to make music entirely on its own. In the studio it will work alongside your standalone synth gear and run in sync with your music software too. Circuit is all you need to inspire, create and play new tunes.

Circuit Studio


Build Ideas Quickly

Embrace a new way to make music. Circuit’s split grid shows your steps and notes at the same time, so you can sequence and play while seeing exactly what’s going on. Build up your parts quickly and easily, either by programming each step or capturing your performance in real-time.


Ideas in Seconds. Tracks in Minutes

Circuit inspires, straight out the box. It combines a 2-part synthesiser and a 4-part drum machine with a 4×8 RGB velocity-sensitive grid sequencer, which will have you finding new musical directions and creating electronic grooves in no time.

Circuit Synthesiser and Drum Machine

Top knobs

Cutting Edge Sound

Building on our true Nova heritage, Circuit delivers cutting-edge sound with production-ready monophonic and polyphonic patches and tons of character for easily creating deep bass lines, epic leads and warm pads.

Circuit Hardware Sound

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Combine Simplicity and Experimentation

Use simple streamlined modes to keep your harmonies, rhythms and melodies locked in time and key while you make riffs, hooks and chords. Or start experimenting for some serious sequencing exploration.

Circuit Experimentation


Stand Alone

Compact and battery-powered, Circuit truly stands alone. You can create entire tunes from scratch without a laptop, then save them and play them back live. You don’t even need speakers, because it has one built in. Of course, Circuit will plug in to your sound system and work with your computer and other synth gear too, via its Line Outs, USB and MIDI ports.

Circuit Connections

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Looking for the Perfect Beat?

Velocity sensitive RGB pads let you quickly build expressive drum beats, by step sequencing or playing the wide range of drum sounds. Define your sound with total control over pitch, decay, distortion and EQ.

Circuit RGB Pads

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Circuit FX


Build Whole Tunes with Effects

Create an entire tune by combining up to 128 steps of synth and drum patterns, then adding space, depth and energy to your music with built-in effects. Sidechain your synths to the kick drum to get them to pump. When you’re done, save your tune to one of 32 slots.


Easily Tweak Your Sound

Sculpt your sound using eight macro knobs allowing you to subtly tweak or completely transform each patch. Then add movement and rhythm by recording or sequencing your performance.

Circuit Knobs

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Customise Almost Anything

Circuit Components is suite of tools expanding Circuit giving you all you need to design, create and customise your own unique instrument. The Editor, Sample Import and The Librarian give you everything you need to make Circuit yours.

Circuit Customisable Components

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Now expanded from 1GB to a whopping 4GB, the Loopmasters sample library included with every Novation Product is packed with professional quality, royalty-free loops and one-shots.

Encompassing all contemporary genres – from blues, funk and hip-hop to bass, techno and all flavours of house – and taking in a huge range of electronic and acoustic instrumentation, it’s everything you need to start making music today!




32 RGB backlit velocity sensitive button grid

28 RGB backlit function buttons

8 Continuous pots with RGB indicator LEDs


Dedicated filter and volume pots

Rubberised knob caps

Rotary controls secured to the chassis with metal nuts


1/4″ jack sockets for left and right outputs

Front-mounted 3.5mm jack socket for headphones

Integrated speaker


Two MIDI sockets (3.5mm jack sockets with MIDI din break-out cables)


Circuit can be powered using 6x AA batteries or a power supply (both included). It can not be powered via USB

Maximum power consumption 12V DC 600mA


Kensington Security Slot

Sound Engine

2 Nova synths

4 Part drum machine

6 Note polyphonic per synth

64 Synth patches

64 Drum patches

8 Synth macro controls (Control up to 4 parameters with one knob)

4 Drum parameter controls (Pitch, Decay, Distortion, Filter)

Mixer view with levels and mutes

Master FX with individual track sends

16 Delays

8 Reverbs

Sidechain effect (7 types and off). Triggered from Drum 1

Hi-pass / low-pass master filter


32 Sessions

6 Tracks per session (2 Synth and 4 Drum)

8 Patterns per track (Synth 1, Synth 2, Drum 1&2, Drum 3&4)

16 Demo sessions

Real time record (notes, with velocity and automation)

Auto-quantise notes to steps and automation to 6 events per step

50 Automation parameters (up to 4800 events per pattern)

Internal tempo range 40 – 240

External synced tempo range 30 – 300

Swing 20 – 80%

Real Time Performance

Full range velocity scanning and record. Editable to 16 levels

16 Scale types and chromatic transposition

Synth expand view doubles playable area

Drum expand view allows real time drum record

Octave (input) and pattern octave (edit)

Pattern length and nudge

Configurable pattern chain

Session instant switching and queued switch


Velocity and gate per step

Multiple gate lengths per step (via real time record)

Automation edit per step

Clear step, automation parameter per pattern, pattern, session

Duplicate step, pattern

Software Compatibility

Ableton Live Lite 9 is included 
Circuit will also work as a standard USB-MIDI controller.

Product Dimensions

240mm width x 200mm depth x 35mm height



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