NovationCircuit Rhythm Sample-Based Drum Machine


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Circuit Rhythm Sample Pack Expansion - six sample packs with over 550 royalty-free samples to add flavor to your tracks. Get inspired by vinyl samples and beats spanning hip-hop, trap, and more. Packs are available for free through Novation Components.

Novation Circuit Rhythm

The Circuit Rhythm from Novation is a beat-making machine that is perfect for performers and producers looking to bring their tracks to the next level. The sample-based architecture and straightforward interface help optimize your beats with an intuitive workflow. Load samples from the microSD card or record directly into the Circuit Rhythm using the stereo audio inputs. Then, modify the samples onboard: slice, sculpt, reverse, loop, resample, and play them back chromatically to reinvent even the simplest of samples. Load up samples into the eight tracks, each with 32 steps, chainable to 256 steps per track. The sequencer helps bring your ideas to life, adding grid FX, off-grid swing, probability, and pattern mutation to get your creative juices flowing. Add lush reverb, dynamic delay, pumping sidechain, and a master compressor for emphasis and punch. The encoders add a new level of performability to your tracks, giving you direct access to parameters such as distortion, sample tuning, and both low and high pass filters.

The extensive connectivity allows you to incorporate the Circuit Rhythm with other gear. Record samples directly with the stereo inputs, and monitor your tracks with the headphone output in conjunction with the stereo TRS outputs. Use with MIDI-enabled gear using the 5-pin DIN MIDI in, out, and thru. Finally, the analog sync output allows your compatible hardware sequencer or drum machine to work in time with the Circuit Rhythm.

The convenient form factor makes it perfect for live performers on the move. Simply throw in your bag and you're good to go to your next gig. The internal battery features four hours of usage, allowing you to bring your beats anywhere. Save thousands of samples, loops, sequences, and projects to the internal microSD card. Novation's online companion Components app gives you access to all your samples, plus sample packs from Novation and access to the latest firmware updates. The Circuit Rhythm brings together an intuitive sequencer, extensive sample editing and creation, and hands-on performance tools that are sure to make your studio session or live performance shine.

Circuit Rhythm Features

  • Sample-based drum machine
  • Record samples directly with the external inputs or load from the microSD card
  • Manipulate and reinvent samples with extensive editing tools
  • Eight tracks
  • Eight voices of polyphony
  • 32-step sequencer per track, chainable to 256 steps
  • Off-grid swing
  • Probability and pattern mutate to add variation to your sequences
  • Effects include delay, reverb, beat repeat, side chain, and a master compressor
  • 32 RGB backlit velocity-sensitive pads
  • 28RGB backlit tactile buttons
  • 5-pin DIN MIDI in, out, thru
  • Analog sync output
  • Rechargeable battery with four hours of use
  • Free Sample Pack Expansion adds six sample packs totalling over 550 individual samples across a number of genres, available free through Novation Components
  • Inputs:Stereo sample input
  • Outputs: Stereo main outputs, headphone output
  • Sync: 3.5mm analog sync output
  • MIDI: 5-pin DIN MIDI in, out, thru
  • Battery: Rechargeable with up to four hours of use
  • Includes USB-A to USB-C and USB power adapter
  • 1.77 x 9.45 x 8.27"/45 x 240 x 210mm
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Product Demo Videos
Novation Circuit Rhythm : Sampling and Slicing Up Some Synthesizers
We explore the new Novation Circuit Rhythm and the workflow behind sampling, resampling and slicing on this exciting new groovebox!

The Circuit Rhythm is a sampler with a built in sequencer and FX, featuring 8 tracks each with a fully fledged sampling engine.

Our pal Wes walks us through the unique features of the Circuit Rhythm, including its Novation Components app that allows for on the fly editing of sample packs. and FX, as well as easy management of projects.
Sampling Live Instruments with DateNite : Club Ready Dance Beats on Venus
LA based producer, composer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist DateNite stopped by the studio to show us some of her workflow using hardware!

Get ready to dance as she shows us how she blends live instrumentation with sampling, singing, and tight beats for stunning performances!
Circuit Rhythm - Overview // Novation
Introducing our newest sample-based groovebox, Circuit Rhythm. Sample. Make beats. Perform.

Circuit Rhythm is a versatile sampler for making and performing beats. Record samples directly to the hardware, then slice, sculpt and resample your sounds effortlessly. Capture your groove quantised or off-grid into the sequencer, and layer up across eight sample tracks. Invigorate your live set with performance FX: embrace imperfection with lo-fi tape, stutter your mix with beat repeat, and more. Integrate Circuit Rhythm into your studio, or unplug and create anywhere utilising the built-in rechargeable battery.
Circuit Rhythm - Sample Expansion Pack // Novation
Circuit Rhythm’s sampling experience is taking a step up – we’re introducing over 550 new, royalty-free samples for you to add to your creative toolbox, all in the new Circuit Rhythm Sample Expansion Pack.

Take your sampling even further and find new inspiration with six new soundpacks. Ranging from vinyl samples and soulful chords to slick beats and organic instrumentation, the Sample Expansion pack boasts a wide array of styles and genres, available to download now. Free updates and samples will continue to roll out for Circuit Rhythm to support you and your music making.
Novation Circuit Rhythm Sample-Based Drum Machine Reviews