The Novation Circuit is an excellent groove machine that combines two Synthesizers and one drum machine with sample playback possibilities. One of the big advantages of the Circuit compared to other groove machines is the very regular update cycle. It’s always amazing to see a company reacting so fast on feature requests from the users. Today, Novation released another fantastic update. In the new v.1.6 update, Novation’s developer adds drum micro-steps to the sequencer so you can sub-divided each step into six Micro-steps on your drum tracks. Also excellent for live performances is the program changes support so you can now send program changes messages to selecting synth patches and sessions. On top, you can use now advanced panning features on the synth & drum parts as well as turning off the effects with a simple FX ON/OFF feature. Excellent new update in my opinion that improve the device even more.
- Panning: Synth and Drum parts can now be panned left and right allowing you to dictate where you send audio tracks in the stereo field, or extract audio tracks into your DAW
- FX On/Off: You can now mute all FX from the FX View by pressing one pad. This is great in performance or to help when hard panning tracks to route to external hardware or into your DAW
- Drum Micro-Steps: Each step can now be sub-divided into six Micro-Steps on your drums tracks. This allows the creation of instant fills and stutter effects in your drum patterns and retriggering a sample up to six times within each step.
- Brightness Setting: You can now set Circuit to ‘dim’ so that it’s more comfortable to use in dark environments. You can toggle ‘dim’ or full brightness modes from the Settings page (hold Shift when you power on)
- Program Change Setting: Selecting Synth patches and Sessions now sends Program Change messages. These can be turned off using the newly added magenta pads on the Settings page (hold Shift when you power on)
Please visit the component website to upgrade your Circuit to the latest v.1.6 firmware.
More informations here: Novation