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Novation Circuit Groovebox and Sample Import

Want some instant electronic inspiration? Get on board with the Novation Circuit – the standalone groove box which makes creativity second nature. Start making music in seconds –with Nova-heritage synths, expertly sculpted drums or your own samples.


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It's all about the hands-on experience. Hit the pads, tweak the knobs. Layer the parts, adjust the effects. With its compact design, battery power and built-in speakers, Circuit can be used to make music entirely on its own anytime, anywhere. Likewise, sync to your computer and session hardware, and use your own samples for full DAW connectivity. It's a beat-dropping, heart-stopping musical brainstorm in a box. Grab the moment. The only question you'll ask is: how did I ever live without it?

Ideas in Seconds. Tracks in Minutes
Circuit inspires, straight out the box. It combines a 2-part synthesiser and a 4-part drum machine with a 4x8 RGB velocity-sensitive grid sequencer, which will have you finding unique musical directions and creating electronic grooves in no time.

Stand Alone
Compact, battery powered and with built-in speakers, Circuit is about getting creative whenever and wherever inspiration strikes. Build entire tunes from scratch without a laptop, then save them and play them back live. Of course, Circuit will also plug in to your sound system and work with your computer and other synth gear too.

Cutting Edge Sound
Deep bass lines, epic leads and warm pads lets you explore an unimaginable world of electronic sound at your fingertips. Building on Nova heritage, Circuit delivers cutting-edge sound with production-ready monophonic and polyphonic patches full of character.

Fractional Gate
The gate sequencer has six times more precision per step. This enables staccato steps to be programmed per-step and increases variance in melody creation.

Improved gate functionality
The improved gate functionality makes it a great choice as a sequencer to drive a modular system, as well as it having two built-in synth engines (six-voice), and a sampler built-in.

Synth Patch Preview
Listen to synth patches directly from the selection view: poly patches play the root, third, and fifth notes of the current scale and key, while mono patches play the root note.

MIDI CC Send and Receive
MIDI CC data can be turned on or off to prevent any unwanted parameter changes.

Drum Micro Steps
Increases the resolution of the Circuit's drum sequencer by six steps, accessible by pressing the Gate button.

The panning feature splits the audio into left and right channels, which can be set by turning the knobs. There's also a handy function for muting effects.

Settings View
Lets you dim the Circuit's lights as well as change patches on an external synth direct from the Circuit hardware.

Pattern Chain Sequence
You can select up to 32 patterns and 16 chains of patterns in any order. You can repeat patterns and chains and build up your sequence, navigating easily between sequences. Toggle the append setting to add patterns and chains to an existing pattern sequence, even when playing.

Tied/Drone Notes
Each step has a tie-forward setting, so it's possible to tie notes together in order to create drone notes and long ambient pads.

Synth Micro Nudge
Take your music off the grid by delaying notes on a step from one to five ticks (each step is divided up into six ticks). It's also possible to use Synth Micro-nudge to create unique, complex rhythms like triplets across the beat.

4GB of Loopmasters Samples!
Now expanded from 1GB to a whopping 4GB, the Loopmasters sample library is packed with professional quality, royalty-free loops and one-shots. Encompassing all contemporary genres from blues, funk, and hip-hop to bass, techno, and all flavors of house, it's everything you need to start making music today!

Build Ideas Quickly
Take control with Circuit's intuitive interface. The split grid shows your steps and notes at the same time, so you can sequence and play while seeing exactly what's going on program each step or capture your performance in real-time.  

Circuit Components
Supported by an online suite of tools that is constantly evolving, take advantage of regular updates and functionality to customise your Circuit. For example, simply drag and drop samples onto Circuit with Sample Import, using the streamlined browser-based Web MIDI workflow, and create your own sound library.

Searching for the perfect beat?
Velocity-sensitive RGB pads let you quickly build expressive drum beats, by step sequencing or playing live across a wide range of drum sounds. Define your sound with real-time control over pitch, decay, distortion, EQ, and filter. Then drop your perfect beat with Circuit –time and time again.

Easily Tweak Your Sound
Unleash your spontaneity with eight macro knobs to take your sound through subtle shifts to twisted transformations. It's your sonic landscape – go somewhere new every day.

Sample Flip
The Sample Flip function lets you create multi-sample drum lines on each of Circuit's drum tracks. In previous versions of Circuit firmware, only one sound could be used on each drum track. Now, you can select a different sample for each step in all four of the drum tracks. So for example, you can have a kick and a snare on 'Drum1', freeing up other tracks for additional instrumentation or sample playback. This totally transforms Circuit's drum- and sample-programming functionality and opens it up to unique styles of music.

Sample Preview
This commonly requested feature lets you play and preview your samples without programming them into a pattern. In the studio, this speeds up the drum-programming process immensely due to the speed at which you can audition sounds. On stage, you can live-play any sample along to your existing drum patterns, using Circuit's velocity sensitive pads. Let the finger-drumming commence.

Session Colors & Single Session Backup
Using the Circuit Librarian —part of the Components suite of browser-based tools, you can now change the color of the LED that represents your Session on the Circuit hardware. This means you can use colors to differentiate styles —pink for house, orange for Techno, for example —or to discern between different sections of your songs: green for intros, purple for main sections, say. Also with Circuit v1.3 is the facility to manage sessions individually, rather than in a batch of 32.  

Sound Management
You can now change the placement of your samples so you can, for example, group similar sounds together to make it easier to remember which sample is on which pad. For example, you could have kick drums on row 1; snares on row 2; vocal snippets on row 3.

Polyrhythmic Drum Patterns
The length of drum patterns 1/2 and 3/4 can now be set independently of the other pair to create mind-bending polyrhythms and pattern variations.

Clock Settings
Making MIDI control more versatile, the Settings page offers separate transmit and receive settings for MIDI clock

Circuit Packs
Circuit Packs format combines a complete library of Sessions, Samples and Patches in a single file, for easy archiving and sharing. A full Circuit Pack is included with v1.4, effectively turning Circuit into a different instrument! Circuit Packs are loaded into Circuit via the free Circuit Components Software.

  • 2-part Nova-heritage analog-modelled +wavetable synthesiser
  • 4-part drum machine
  • 4x8 grid of RGB, velocity-sensitive sequencer pads
  • MiniNova spec oscillator types and updated with wavetables
  • 64 production-ready patches
  • Step sequence or build live
  • Lock your music in time and key  
  • Tweak using 8 synth macro encoders with RGB LEDs
  • Record and play back your tweaks  
  • Combine up to 128 steps of synth and drum patterns
  • Add awesome delay and reverb effects  
  • 32 slots for saving sessions  
  • Create your own synth patches using Circuit Editor
  • Add your samples with Sample Import
  • Compact and battery powered
  • Built-in DSP-enhanced speaker
  • Pads and knobs, and sequence works with computer and hardware via  USB and MIDI

Get your Novation Circuit Groovebox + Sample Import today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Novation Circuit Groovebox
  • Circuit Components Software Suite
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • 4 GB Loopmasters Sounds/Samples
  • USB Cable
  • (2) MIDI Breakout Cables 3.5mm to female 5 pin
  • (6) AA Batteries
  • 12V DC Power Supply
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Circuit Patches Sheet

Satisfied Customer


Love this new piece in my collection! I've been mostly playing with it as a stand-alone, and the fun factor is just endless. I just got the cables needed to hook it up with my minilogue and sp-404 and can't wait to start using them together! I spent a lot of time agonizing over what Groovebox I was going to get, but I have no regrets here. The online chat people were very helpful during my purchase, also.



Portable, Standalone Music Sketchpad


The Novation Circuit Groovebox is perfect for creating music or capturing ideas on the go. With drums, bass lines &, built in speakers you can create music on the go. It's also capable of being used in the studio for pro level recordings. Sample importing, built in fx, 32 slots for saving sessions, sequencing, battery powered are just some of the many features of this little guy.

Christopher H

Cincinnati, OH


Great Product! So fun to use!!


Really like this product. It makes so many different types of sounds and you can make many, many adjustments to sounds, tempo, pitch, etc.


Missoula, MT


Very Versatile


The Novation Circuit is extremely versatile for such a small piece. Inside this small guy you get a synth and 4 part drum machine. You can create full sequences on the fly as well as tweak multiple part of each sound which will add new layers of depth to your live performance.


Edison, NJ

One of a Kind


You can't find many controllers that standalone like this one does. It has built-in speakers to hear the beats you're creating straight from the Groovebox. It's fun and easy to use as well as inspiring. Anyone who enjoys making beats or writing their own music should try out the Groovebox. This review is from Ellis at Sam Ash in Richmond, VA.


Richmond, VA


Great Groovebox!


This groove box is great, easy to use and great features. Can't beat it for the price!




Finally a stand alone groovebox/production piece


Novation nailed it with this piece, a production/drum/groove box with built in sounds and a small speaker without the need of a computer. It can be integrated into a recording setup no problem, but it can be used without the hassle of computer software as well.




Cicruit rules!


While these groove boxes are not necessarily my forte, I will tell you that this is both neat and fun. The pads are velocity sensitive and you can turn this thing into a DAW as well. It comes equipped with the Nova synths (which are awesome) and it even allows you to import and tweak virtually everything, you can even flip your stuff around. You can do so much with it, that it's un explainable..you really have to try it for yourself. I find myself hours on end, playing with this and learning something new everytime.

Lee FInn

Cincinnati, Ohio


Circuit Groovebox and Sample Import

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Midi Controller Type Trigger/Pad
Knobs/Encoders Yes
Number of Knobs/Encoders 10
Faders No
Trigger/Pads Yes
Number of Trigger/Pads 32
Digital Display Type No
Transport Controls Yes
Software Included Ableton Live Lite
Connections In/Out, 2 x MIDI break-out cables: 1/8" to 5-pin DIN socket, 1 x 1/8" (Headphones), 2 x 1/4" (L/R) (Analog Ouputs)
OS Compatibility PC ,  Mac
Mac OS Requirements OSX 10 or Higher
PC OS Requirements Windows 8 or Higher
Power Supply Type Circuit can be powered using 6 x AA batteries or a power supply (both included). It can not be powered via USB Maximum power consumption 12V DC 600mA
Weight 3.09 lbs
Dimensions 9.45" x 7.87" x 1.38" inches (WxDxH)
Series Circuit Series
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