Novation Circuit Rhythm is a sampler for the spontaneous. Lightweight and compact, with four hours of battery life, this beatmaking machine can grab samples anywhere. Then, it’s up to the artist. Thanks to powerful controls and processing, users can sculpt, slice, reverse, loop, resample and play chromatically, all with one piece of hardware. The results are simple to store for later with the MicroSD slot. Deep connectivity makes it easy to incorporate the sampler into your studio workflow, too. Guitar Center recommends Circuit Rhythm for getting away from the desk and finding inspiration in the world.

Circuit Rhythm Sample Pack Expansion
Use the six sample packs with over 550 royalty-free samples to add flavor to your tracks. Get inspired by vinyl samples and tight beats spanning hip-hop, trap, neo-soul and more to give your beats new life and bring out your creativity. Packs are available for free through the Novation Components online site.

Novation Circuit Rhythm Standalone Sampler Main Features

  • Portable, standalone sampler and groovebox with built-in battery
  • Can record samples straight to the hardware and manipulate them freely
  • Clear controls including 32 backlit pads, 28 clicking buttons and 8 endless encoders
  • 8 sample patterns per track, Grid FX and robust connectivity

Capture Samples and Make Beats on the Fly

Sometimes, inspiration strikes in unlikely places. Novation Circuit Rhythm makes sure that inspiration doesn’t go to waste. This compact groovebox captures samples straight to the hardware, then puts them in the hands of the user to transform as they like. The battery lasts four hours, plenty of time to put a beat together on the go. When it’s time to perform, the Circuit Rhythm plugs in and connects seamlessly to most rigs.

Take the Beat in Your Hands

At the core of the Circuit Rhythm is the ability to capture samples and manipulate them with a set of powerful tools. The internal software is highly capable, but there is no screen to distract from beatmaking—only tactile controls. These controls can sculpt, quantize, slice, resample and more. The process is so effortless that the line between beat creation and performance blurs. And because the Circuit Rhythm fits into a backpack, it’s easy to get in the flow instantly, anywhere.

Extensive Physical Controls

At the center of the Circuit Rhythm are 32 velocity-sensitive RGB pads. Around them, 28 clickable buttons give a clear, tactile feel to tweaking settings. At the top, 8 endless encoders can dial in organic curves and transitions. Perfect software integration takes you away from screens and keeps your eyes on the instrument. And when it’s time to get back to the studio, these controls slide easily into your existing workflow. Connectors include stereo audio in, unbalanced stereo out, headphone out, sync out, 3 MIDI DIN connectors (in, out, thru) and a microSD slot for endless storage.

Deep Sequencing and Grid FX

Each track on the Novation Circuit Rhythm can contain up to 8 sample tracks, each with 32 steps. That makes for a total of 256 possible steps per track. In practice, that means tons of room to experiment. It also means the Circuit Rhythm has enough depth to power a live show. And thanks to Grid FX including lo-fi stutter, tape and beat repeat, those performances can have texture for days.
Sound Engine & Sequencer
  • Maximum Polyphony (8 voices)
  • Recordable Samples: 4,096 (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: Forward, 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)
Hardware Specifications
  • 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 for power delivery, charging, MIDI
  • Kensington MiniSaver slot
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 3x MIDI DIN: In, Out, Thru
  • 3.5 mm 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
  • Kensington MiniSaver slot
Software Compatibility
  • 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 appliciation
Included With Circuit Rhythm
  • USB-C cable
  • USB power supply
  • Safety information
Power Requirements
  • USB bus powered
  • Built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, up to 4-hour run time
  • Charge via USB-C port
Product Dimensions (LxDxH)
  • 240 mm x 210 mm x 30 mm (40 mm height including knob caps)
Power Requirements
  • USB bus powered
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery (4-hour run time)
  • Charge via USB-C port
  • USB power supply included

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