Novation Circuit Tracks: Groovebox Sequencer With Synth Tracks, MIDI Tracks And Drum Tracks Electronic Music Making
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Yes, there are products that will do each of these individual things for cheaper, and in some cases better, but as a rounded and versatile package this is unrivalled. If you want to record longer passages, you can turn down the sync rate of the Pattern and squeeze up to eight bars into a single pattern. This setup made the original a dark horse for sequencing external MIDI synths, particularly for live performance, bolstered by the flexible pattern saving/chaining. But being able to sequence and bring in other synths really expands Circuit’s usefulness and relevance, and it proved to be an absorbing DAW‑free jamming hub with less of the complexity (and expense) of a larger workstation. Exporting: The biggest flaw of the original Circuit that has yet to be addressed is it’s ungainly export options (or lack thereof.
This is, not only noisy (well, the line out is quite clean to be fair), it also can’t record several instruments at once in different files or separate tracks. Fully personalise your instrument with custom MIDI templates and samples, or find new inspiration with exclusive artist-made sound packs. Deeper features, like the synth editor, probability sequencing and sub-steps, are easy enough to ignore until you’re ready.
Use the sequencer to create 32-step patterns which can link up to 256 steps sequences for each track.
Its simple, instrument-like nature makes it a great option for learning or traditional musicians to begin producing electronic music without hassle in the way of complex software or music theory. Designed for electronic and dance music producers, it lets creativity thrive so creators can lose themselves in the seamless workflow of the hands-on sequencer.Even if we needed to do one recording per track manually, they would be perfectly aligned and it would be easy to import into a DAW. It’s meant for creating “the song” on the fly by manipulating the patterns and scenes while playing the music. The Circuit Tracks inherits back the evolved feature set found on the second‑generation Launchpad Pro, reviewed in SOS April 2020.
An upshot of these additional MIDI and Drum tracks is that in the Pattern launch view you now see eight columns of four clips, instead of four columns of eight. The simplicity of the Circuit’s sequencing features made it popular as the nerve center of small and affordable synth rigs. It is built with an extremely light plastic chassis, but is still very sturdy and has no problems with bending or wobbling. Ideally I would like to see a way to either record to the internal SD card or memory, maybe WAV, FLAC, OGG, MP3, whatever format.It seems to have
Longer sequences can still be created using contiguous chains, simply by pressing the start and end patterns. You can’t send the audio up the USB cable to a computer, either, which is a real shame – even a stereo mix out this way would have been good, but being able to output all the individual instruments this way to a DAW for a mixdown/developing the project would have opened up more possibilities. 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.The Circuit Track’s back panel is small — those full‑size MIDI ports give you an idea — but packed with connections.