Novation Circuit Tracks: Groovebox Sequencer With Synth Tracks, MIDI Tracks And Drum Tracks Electronic Music Making

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Novation Circuit Tracks: Groovebox Sequencer With Synth Tracks, MIDI Tracks And Drum Tracks Electronic Music Making

Novation Circuit Tracks: Groovebox Sequencer With Synth Tracks, MIDI Tracks And Drum Tracks Electronic Music Making

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It has 10 knobs in two offset rows of five across the top of all that, the middle eight of which are endless encoders, the top left and bottom right knobs being a master volume and a DJ-style master filter. Each synth is equipped with a resonant multi-mode filter with a drive control, three routable ADSR envelopes and two LFOs, plus chorus/phaser, EQ and distortion effects. The Circuit Tracks adds two tracks dedicated to external MIDI sequencing, with customisable CC control from the knobs. Worth noting, though, that there are six tracks total, when counting the two additional MIDI tracks. A Pack is essentially a full memory state for Tracks, containing samples but also synth presets, sequences and projects.

The system consists of two synth tracks, two MIDI tracks, four drum tracks and a groovebox that provides a hands-on production workflow. It is only recently that manufacturers have been able to create self contained DAW-like units that are portable. If the other two tracks could be used for complex parameter sequencing which you could then switch in and out in the pattern view it would be massively powerful for performance etc. Fully personalise your instrument with custom MIDI templates and samples, or find new inspiration with exclusive artist-made sound packs.

For backup, patch and sample management Novation developed Components for the original Circuit, and it’s since been adopted by all of Novation’s current instruments. The 32 pads are used for sequencing, performing, and menu selections, with their default mode providing a 16-note scaled keyboard and a 16-step sequencer for the selected track. Unfortunately there’s no focus mode or master channel to save you from fiddling with channels, but as the Launchpad Pro has this I’m hopeful it will be added later.

I’ve experimented with adding a small Midi keyboard to it (it has two Midi Out/Thru DIN plugs and a Midi In for the keyboard), and hooked up both a Korg Volca Bass synth and a tiny sampler (the 1010music Blackbox) to test out those Midi ports. Concerning your comment on the (monophonic) patches, you should be able to hear whether a patch is monophonic or polyphonic.The Circuit’s focus on a simple, intuitive workflow is truly emphasized for all of the above groups, as it provides a way to get in the flow and jam out without looking at or touching a computer screen. Each sample track has Pitch, Decay, Drive, and Tone controls, which work great for drums but can be limiting for more in-depth sampling. Another new trick is Mutate, which destructively alters the currently selected pattern in subtle ways. The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of battery life, so you can make beats on the move.

Hundreds of artist-made presets, you’ll have the perfect jumping-off point into moulding a unique sound. Pressing the “note” view on any drum track allows all four tracks to be simultaneously performed, with one illuminated pad for each track. To edit the delay and reverb, press the FX button down and select one of 16 delay types and 8 reverb types with the pads. It prides itself on screenless ability however it can use the Components browser based or standalone app to explore the synth engine on screen, load samples, create patches, generate MIDI templates and backup projects.Circuit Tracks’ high-quality compact build, built-in rechargeable battery, expandable storage with a microSD card slot and now extended sample time makes it the perfect portable partner.

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