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Take The "Circuit Challenge"

The Circuit Owners Facebook Group has spawned an exciting new way of creating music with Circuit.
Members of the Facebook group have began competing in regular “Circuit Challenges”. Each round, introducing new rules and creative restrictions on how Circuit should be used to create a piece of music.

Since August there have been 6 rounds of Circuit Challenge, full details are listed below.
Want to take part? It’s never too late, just head over to Facebook, join the group and submit your entry.

Circuit Challenge Round 1. (Originally posted on 23rd August 2016)
The rules…
1. Create an interesting loop using only the Circuit.
2. Use a maximum length of 4 pads (on the Pattern Page).
3. Automation and sample flip are OK but...
4. Once recorded and/or sequenced, your final loop must be posted on the Facebook group without any real time manual adjustments (i.e. no tweaking low/hi pass filter, no mute/ unmute, etc. Just the loop.)

Circuit Challenge Round 2. (Originally posted on 30th August 2016)
The rules…
1. Use only two Synth parts and one Drum Track .
2. Use one Drum Sample only, with no Sample Flip.
3. Live tweaking and recorded automation is ok
4. Use the Novation Circuit with no external sequencing during playback.
6. Length = "Whatever the groove gods command" (extra style points for performances under 30 seconds.)

Circuit Challenge Round 3. (Originally posted on 6th September 2016)
The rules…
1. Perform in a public place using only the Circuit.
2. Post your video (or photo) on the Circuit Owners Facebook Group.
3. Sound quality not important.
4. Bonus points if you get someone dancing!

Circuit Challenge Round 4. (Originally posted on 13th September 2016)
The rules…
1. Use one or both Synths parts.
2. Use finger drumming only (No sequenced drums. No, not even a crisp little hi-hat metronome!)
3. Keep it short and to the point
4. Use only Circuit.

Circuit Challenge Round 5. (Originally posted on 26th September 2016)
The rules…
1. Write four melodic loops - Two on each Synth part. 2. Post a performance showing each part mixed and matched in different combinations. E.g.;
Synth 1, part 1 + synth 2, part 1,
Synth 1, part 1 + synth 2, part 2,
Synth 1, part 2 + synth 2, part 1,
Synth 1, part 2 + synth 2, part 2.

Circuit Challenge Round 6. (Originally posted on 13th October 2016)
The rules…
1. Post a video or audio track in the Circuit Owners Facebook Group that shows off a custom sample or synth patch you've made or used.
2. Mention the maker of the custom sound in the comments of your post if it isn’t you.
3. The post can be either a song using this custom sound or a demonstration of it.
4. Use only the Circuit.

Huge thanks to Circuiteer and 'Circuit Challege' organiser, Damien Woods for providing this information.

Circuit Components User Guide

Good news for those new to the latest Circuit firmware update: We have created a handy, V1.3 User Guide, available on the Support & Downloads section of the Circuit product page. The guide explains how to update Circuit and talks you through how to use new features such a Sample Flip and advanced automation editing. Everything is explained in detail so you can quickly make the most of these exciting new ways of composing and performing.

You can get the Circuit Components v1.3 User Guide here

Be sure to share your Circuit jams with us on the Circuit Owners Facebook group.

Join us in September

We're sending some of our finest Novation product specialists to some great events in September.
We’d love for you to join us.

We enjoy going to public events because it means that we get to meet you in person, hear your ideas, and teach you new tips and tricks on our gear.
The more you know, the better you'll play.
We look forward to seeing you at these events...

Chicago, IL. // September 9 - 11

Knobcon is a one-of-a-kind synthesizer convention now in it's fourth year. Complete with performances, workshops and vendors, Knobcon allows for a fully immersive experience. Attendees can get their hands on an incredible amount of equipment and talk directly with designers of some of today's most innovative synthesizer products.

Thrival Festival
Pittsburgh, PA. // September 23 - 24

Thrival Innovation + Music Festival is an annual event featuring multiple days of immersive, innovation-focused programming capped by a two-day outdoor live music experience, featuring some of the best emerging national music acts and top-tier headliners.

New York, NY. // September 24

IMSTA FESTA events are a series of one-day music technology celebrations. Their goal is to encourage the legal use of software and to educate the end-users on the negative effects of software piracy. This is done via Professional Panels, Seminars/Workshops and Master classes plus company exhibits.

Sample Flip

We recently released another game-changing update for Circuit groove box. Circuit v1.3 brings some exciting new features to the device, the most exciting being a feature we’re calling ‘Sample Flip’. It’s now possible to change the sample selection per step, rather than per channel. This completely reinvents the way that you’re able to create a track with Circuit and forever changes the way you will work with your custom samples.

Since release, we’ve seen some incredible videos and heard some unruly tracks that are pushing the boundaries of what Circuit is capable of. A current favourite so far is this crazy jam from Wouter van Leeuwen.

Have you got a Sample Flip jam that you’d like to share with us? Send us a link on Facebook or Twitter.

Circuit AMA

Two Novation team members, who played key roles in the creation of Circuit Groove Box, took an hour out of their busy schedule to host a ‘Circuit AMA’ (ask me anything) over on the Circuit Owners Facebook Group.
The Circuit Owners Facebook Group now has well over two thousand members, who were given the rare opportunity to ‘pick the brains’ of electronic music-maker & Novation Product Manager, Olly Burke and Novation Quality Assurance Engineer & Circuit Patch Designer, Danny Nugent.
Members of the Facebook group took the opportunity to share some of their suggestions and feature requests for Circuit, whilst others asked more complex questions about the hardware capabilities of Circuit. You can head over and read the entire conversation now.

There’s lots more planned for the Circuit Owners Facebook Group, sign up here to be kept in the loop.

Got your own suggestions for Circuit? Perhaps, an idea for a new feature that you would like to pass on to our development team? Join the group and let us know.