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We recently unveiled a fun new project at Sónar +D in Barcelona: Novation Metropolis is an interactive playground of interconnected synths, samplers, sequencers, drum machines and everything in between. Metropolis allows visitors to instantly start making music - with old friends, new friends and total strangers. Designed for easy collaborative work flow; all instruments are synced in BMP and scale, it's very easy to start creating interesting musical ideas with minimum effort.
Want to visit Metropolis yourself? We're taking it on tour, so you might just get the chance. Keep an eye on our social media channels to see where it's heading next.
Check out some of our favourite pictures of Metropolis in action during our time at Sónar+D 2016.
With Circuit at the heart of their rig, each performer was given the option to use one other instrument of their choice that must also be sequenced/controlled by Circuit groove box.
Each performance lasted approximately one hour and was streamed live via YouTube, watch one of the performances here:
The Circuit Owners Facebook group now has over 1,500 members. Each ‘Circuiteer’ has made their own unique instrument and is using it in their own individual way. Here are a few of our favourite, inspirational snaps found in the group from the past few weeks.
Join up to see more, download exclusive content or discuss your rig with other music producers using Circuit.
Shout out to Charlie North, Frank Palinski, Kay Gunther, MartROX, Rod Jenkinson, Tim Coombes and Marko Turpeinen. Thanks for the pictures.
British DJ and house music producer Dave Lee has released a plethora of music under many different monikers; Jakatta, Doug Willis, Raven Maize, Sessomatto, to name a few. He is arguably most well known for tracks released under his Joey Negro alias and credited as being one of the first artists to merge disco samples with house music.
Here is sits down with the Z Records team to offer a detailed and informative look at the creative process behind the creation of his latest album ‘Remixed With Love Vol.2’. Featuring remixes and edits of classic disco cuts, Lee worked with the copies of the original tapes to create “a more radical remix”.
Circuit groove box has a die-hard following of pioneering electronic musicians over on the Facebook group. They’re constantly surprising us with new ways of composing and performing with Circuit.
One such user is "cvzzïmø", he's used the sample import feature available through Circuit Components to create a bespoke soundpack of "Urban Beats". Far removed from the factory sounds available on Circuit, cvzzïmø’s pack is filled with classic breaks, dusty drum kits and crusty one-shots.
In April we took over Control Voltage, a synthesiser boutique located in Portland, Oregon.
Novation's own Enrique Martinez and local producer/educator Pailo hosted a series of classes and workshops, giving attendees exclusive tips and tricks for Circuit groove box, as well as sharing inspiration, creative techniques, setup styles and performances.
Circuit groovebox, Bass Station II Analogue Monosynth, Ultranova and Launchpad Pro were in attendance.
Click the picture above to check out some of our pictures from Bloc Weekend; a surreal and exhilarating three-day electronic music festival that takes over a Butlins resort in Minehead, Somerset.
This was actually the last ever Bloc Weekend and the line-up was amazing. Looking more like a fantastical wish-list than something actually possible.
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Want to meet the Novation team?
Looking for an opportunity to try out our synths and controllers for yourself? Here are a few upcoming events where you can do just that. See you there.
11th – 13th March
Butlins Resort, Minehead, Somerset, UK
Going to BlOC? We'll be in the Skyline with Circuit, Launchpad Pro & loads of our synths. Come and jam with us.
31st March – 2nd April 2016
Funkhaus Ost, Berlin
You’ll have a chance to get your hands on all of our latest gear at SUPERBOOTH16 – a new electronic music & gear exhibition, held in Berlin at the historic ‘Funkhaus’, a really cool former German radio station.
Novation City Takeover @ Control Voltage, Portland
1st – 2nd April 2016
3742 N Mississippi Ave Portland, OR 97227
We’re taking over the storefront at Control Voltage, Portland for a series of synth training sessions, live performances and masterclasses hosted by ourselves and some key players in the modular world, attendees will also be able to nab a bargain. Don’t miss this one.
The Producertech team have created a free Ableton Live Drum rack that lets you create minimal house grooves with ease.
Featuring some high quality samples from Darius Syrossian’s Real House Collection, and some clever audio effects, this rack works great with Launchpad and Launchcontrol XL for hands on control and could form a strong basis for a more elaborate live setup. And, did we mention that it’s free?
This is the PX18 sequencer developed by Monolake which is widely accepted as the predecessor to Ableton Live.
You may notice some aesthetic similarities?
Monolake is now the pseudonym of Robert Henke, creator of many inventive applications such as the Max for Live Granulator but originally, Monolake was a name for the collaborative work of Henke and Gerghard Behles who is now the CEO of Ableton Live. Together they created the step sequencer which provided inspiration for the famous DAW that we all know and love.
Recorded in the basement studio of their Baltimore home, the album is constructed entirely out of sounds generated by a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II model washing machine.
Learn more about their unusual process from this local news piece.
The team at Pigeons and Planes have compiled a selection of the best browser based music making utiliities available.
From a Rubik's Cube inspired TR-808 drum machine (pictured) to Tone Matrix, a monomone-esque step sequencer. These are yet another great way to kill (waste?) time online and perhaps a new way to find some creative inspiration for your next track.
Producer and Sound Engineering instructor Ganesh Singaram has worked with some huge artists including Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Brandon Flowers and Swedish House Mafia. Here he sits down with the Point Blank team to share some valuable tips and concepts that you can use to add depth and space to your mixes.
Converse Rubber Tracks is a collection of community-based recording studios around the world offering free studio time to musicians. Their community based Sample Library is an ever-growing collection of high quality, free to use samples recorded at the studios. Featuring contributions from artists such as Machinedrum, Com Truise and Das Ding.
The legendary 'Smackos Tape Station' used to add grit and analogue flavour to many of Legowelt’s cosmic techno productions is now available to you. For free.
Just drag the Smackos Tape Station FX rack into an Ableton Live channel to give it some old school cassete deck character.
We think it's particularly good on drums.
Compatible with Ableton 9 and up.
Head over to Legowelt’s website and nab it now.