Novation Circuit Rhythm

Circuit Rhythm

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A powerful and versatile sampler for making and performing beats

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Circuit Rhythm is a powerful and versatile standalone sampler and drum machine for the modern beatmaker. Record directly to the hardware, then slice sculpt, reverse, loop, resample, and play chromatically – all in the box.

More than a simple groovebox, Circuit Rhythm provides a seamless workflow from sample to finished beat via its powerful, hands-on sequencer. It also comes packed with innovative effects to help invigorate your live performances, from lo-fi tape to stutter, beat-repeat, and more.

Plus, with up to four hours of life in its rechargeable battery, Circuit Rhythm’s ready to capture your next idea wherever and whenever inspiration strikes next.

  • Sample and resample – record samples directly to the hardware, then slice, sculpt and resample your sounds effortlessly
  • Slice, reverse, loop, play chromatically, and more – play your samples however you choose, whether chopping from vinyl, making basslines, or punching in drums.
  • Perform with grid FX – embrace imperfection with lo-fi tape, stutter your mix with beat repeat, and more.
  • FX on everything – enhance synths, drums, and incoming audio with studio-grade reverb and delay, sidechain, and master compression.
  • Create anywhere – up to four hours of battery life, so you can make beats on the move.

Making beats, made easy

Push your beatmaking further and transform samples into incredible tracks with Circuit Rhythm. Tweak samples to perfection, record samples right on time, 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 in your phone, turntable or synths into Circuit Rhythm and record sounds directly to the machine with perfect timing to seamlessly slot into your beat, then process and resample them.

With eight flexible sample tracks you can immediately play back samples however you choose, whether you’re making basslines and melodies, punching in drum grooves, or beat-matching breaks from vinyl.

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The perfect performance tool

Push your beatmaking further and transform samples into incredible tracks with Circuit Rhythm. Tweak samples to perfection, record samples right on time, edit patterns on the fly and build beats in no time with a streamlined screenless workflow and a lightning-fast sequencer.

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.

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Optimised for studio integration

Circuit Rhythm integrates easily into any studio setup. With full-size MIDI IN, 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.

Introducing the Circuit Rhythm Sample Expansion Pack

Explore new genres and create incredible beats with the new Circuit Rhythm Sample Expansion Pack. We’re introducing six new sample packs which include over 550 sounds, spanning vinyl cuts, soul chords, beats and organic instrumentation. All come royalty-free, so you can get started building new tracks with Circuit Rhythm, at no cost for owners and directly downloadable from Components.
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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.
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  • 32 RGB backlit velocity-sensitive pads
  • 28 RGB backlit tactile click buttons
  • Power button with charge status LED
  • Rechargeable battery (up to 4 hours battery life)
  • Expandable Storage (slot for microSD card (sold separately) for 31 extra packs)
  • USB-C socket (power delivery, charging, MIDI)
  • Kensington MiniSaver slot
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 3x MIDI DIN (In, Out, Thru)
  • 3.5mm sync out
  • L/R Sample In Pair (for recording samples)
  • L/R Audio Out Pair
  • Headphones out
  • 8x endless encoders with RGB indicators
  • Master volume pot
  • Master filter pot with centre detent
Sound engine & sequencer
  • Maximum Polyphony (8 voices)
  • Recordable Samples = 4096 (128 samples x 32 Packs [1 internal Pack / 31 Packs on micro SD Card])
  • Patterns (8 patterns x 8 tracks x 64 projects x 32 Packs)
  • Max Sampling Time (228 seconds per Pack (32 seconds max per pad))
  • Import Format (WAV, MP3)
  • Pattern Sequencer/Step Sequencer
  • Resolution (24ppqn quarter note)
  • Pattern length (1/32 note to 64 bars)
  • Recording method (Real-time Quantization on/off, Programmable Step Sequencer with Micro-steps/Probability/Mutate)
  • Playback direction (forwards, reverse, ping-pong, random)
  • Effects (Delay Send with 16 presets, Reverb Send with 8 presets, Side Chain with 7 presets)
  • Grid FX (Vinyl Sim, Beat Repeat, Reverse, Filter, Gater, Phaser, Digitiser)
  • Sample playback (Slice, Chromatic, One-Shot, Gated, Looped, Reverse)
  • 8 macro knobs (Pitch, Start, Length, Envelope, Overdrive, HP Filter, LP Filter, Resonance), Master volume
  • Master Filter (High/Low Pass)
  • Length240mm
  • Depth210mm
  • Height30mm (40mm height including knob caps)
Power requirements
  • USB bus powered.
  • Built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (up to 4 hour run-time). Charge via USB-C port.
  • 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 application.
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