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A very naughty synth

Circuit Mono Station is a scheming, manipulative little beast of a machine, with a deafening roar to be tamed. It’s infectious to use, quick to engage with and capable of some unpredictable and rather dangerous results.

You wish

Just try and muzzle it

Featuring three types of analogue distortion effects, a really nasty ring modulator, a chunky sub-oscillator and step automation for all 53 parameters, Circuit Mono Station sounds bloody disgusting. It’s an instrument that can be used as an experimental, polyrhythmic sound design tool – set apart with Bass Station II’s synth engine, reworked into a paraphonic form. Sequences can benefit from longer LFOs staying in sync across several notes, perfect for making widely evolving musical phrases.

SOS

Circuit Mono Station is a unique, powerful and rather loveable little beast that embodies the fusion of old and new technologies that is making synth hardware so exciting right now

DJ Mag

Novation have done it again... Simple to get into, but complex enough to take your sound to the next level... It can be nasty and aggressive when it wants to be, as well as lush-sounding.

MusicTech

Circuit Mono Station doesn’t just make putting patterns and tunes together easily, it positively encourages each and every one of them to be a moving, lively, shifting beast… Never have patterns and sounds had so much vibrancy

Impressive CV with lots of sequencing experience

Impressive CV with lots of sequencing experience

Having the same workflow as the Circuit sequencer and synth, Circuit Mono Station really is the potty-mouthed child of Novation. The Mod Seq, Swing Sync and a Mutate function are useful for happy accidents, and the AUX CV output can send complex modulation signals to the outside world. You can programme notes into the Mod Seq page to independently control your modular and CV gear with pitch and gate control via the CV/GATE output.

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So filthy it'll hook-up with anything

It’ll say anything to anyone

With USB MIDI, MIDI IN/OUT/THRU, CV and GATE connectors, Circuit Mono Station can get in the face of every piece of gear in its space.
 

Ask Audio

Thanks to the tweakability it can be mangled to do anything from sharp hits to beats and of course those legendary fat basses.

Loopop

Beyond it sounding great, I’ve never seen so much sequencing power…

FutureMusic

Sonically it’s impressive... the deep, multi-channel sequencer, flexible mod matrix and automation all add up to a workflow and creative experience unlike anything else on the market, combining the best of digital flexibility with a classic analogue synth design.

SDG
It's a grower

Hungry for more

The recent Circuit Mono Station v1.2 upgrade comes biting at the heels of the v1.1 update, and it establishes an all-new sequencing structure optimised for unique sonic creativity and modular gear. Circuit Mono Station continually evolves, never leaving you hungry for more.

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Helping you find your new sound

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Individually control oscillators

Two oscillators with individual control of sync and tuning parameters.

Get the frequency band you want

High-pass, low-pass and band-pass filters with slopes of 12dB and 24dB.

Three distortion modes

Classic Bass Station, new fuzz or a mixture of both.

Monophonic and paraphonic

Monophonic and paraphonic modes with individual glide control.

Adaptable modulation system

Four-by-eight modulation matrix that enables complex alteration and routing. The Circuit Mono Station LFOs allow you to decouple synced LFOs from key sync, perfect for making widely evolving musical phrases.

Patches at your fingertips

Load and save up to 64 patches on the device.

Three sequencer tracks

Two oscillator sequencers and one modulation sequencer. Hit Shift + Sessions to send either Osc 1, Osc 2 or the Mod Seq to the CV/GATE output.

Connect to hardware and software

CV, Gate and modulation outputs for controlling separate hardware. Connect and sync to your music software and MIDI-compatible hardware. Modulate, evolve and process your source through the audio input.

Store unlimited sounds

Backup patches and sessions with Components. Learn more about Components here.

FACT

…a solid control hub for a larger analog setup… one of the most user-friendly sequencers ever designed.

Sonicstate

Lots of modulation possibilities with the sequencer make for complex sound shaping, and great for external synth CV control…

electronic musician

It's synth has some very interesting features I wouldn’t necessarily expect from a compact mono synth.

Product Hardware Specifications

Product Hardware Specifications

  • 32 RGB backlit velocity sensitive button grid
  • 18 RGB backlit function buttons
  • 8 Pots including dedicated filter and volume pots
  • 2 Encoders for tempo and modulation path depth
  • 6 RGB backlit mini pots for mixer section
  • 4 35mm sliders for envelope ADSR control
  • 16 Tact switches
  • 27 Orange LEDs for functional selection
  • 19 RGB indicator LEDs
  • 2 1/4” jack sockets for line out and audio input
  • 3 3.5mm jack sockets for MIDI in, out and thru (MIDI din break-out cables included)
  • 2 3.5mm jack sockets for analogue clock in and out
  • 3 3.5mm jack sockets for CV, gate and aux CV output
  • USB socket for system / MIDI comms only (no bus-power)
  • Configurable MIDI channels
  • Front-mounted 3.5mm jack socket for headphones
  • Rubberised knob caps
  • Rotary controls secured to the chassis with metal nuts
  • Power supply connector
  • Power switch
  • Kensington Security Slot

Synth Engine

  • Paraphonic - dual osc, single amp with separate control of each oscillator's pitch
  • 64 Synth patches
  • 2 Oscillators + sub osc (follows the pitch of osc 1)
  • Noise generator
  • Coarse and fine tune per osc
  • Waveform octave depth 16’, 8’, 4’ or 2’
  • Ring mod between osc 1 and 2

Oscillator waveforms include:

  • Sine, triangle, sawtooth, square / variable pulse width

Envelope

  • 1 ADSR Envelope (Attack/Decay/Sustain/Release)
  • Routable via the modulation matrix

LFO

  • Single LFO with rate
  • Sync mode
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Waveforms include:

  • Sine, triangle, sawtooth, square / variable pulse width, sample and hold

Filter

  • State variable OTA filter
  • 12/24dB slope
  • Low-pass / band-pass / high-pass
  • Pre-filter overdrive
  • Frequency and resonance controls

Modulation

  • 4x8 Modulation matrix
  • All modulation routes available at all times with depth control for each route
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Mod sources (4)

  • Envelope
  • LFO
  • Modulation sequence
  • Pad velocity
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Mod destinations (8)

  • Osc 1 pitch
  • Osc 2 pitch
  • Osc 1 PWM
  • Osc 2 PWM
  • Amp
  • Filter cut-off
  • Distortion level
  • Aux CV outpu

Mixer:

  • Osc 1 level
  • Osc 2 level
  • Sub Osc level
  • Noise generator level
  • Ring modulation depth
  • Audio In (with gain control)

Distortion

  • 3 types of analogue distortion: 1, 2 and 3 (combination of 1 & 2)

Sequencer

  • 32 Sessions
  • 2 Tracks per session + 1 track modulation sequence
  • 16 Patterns for osc 1, 8 patterns for osc 2 and mod sequence
  • 16 Demo sessions
  • Real time record (notes, with velocity and automation)
  • Auto-quantise notes to steps and automation to 6 events per step
  • Sequencer resolution 24 PPQN
  • 51 Automation parameters
  • All knob and slider movements can be recorded (excluding volume)
  • All modulation route depths can be automated
  • Tempo range 40 - 240 BPM
  • Swing 20 - 80%
  • Glide amount configurable per step
  • 8 Pattern sync rates (incl. triplet rates)
  • Pattern direction setting including ping-pong and random
  • Pattern mutate
  • 8 Global swing sync rates (incl. triplet rates)

Real Time Performance

  • Full range velocity scanning and record. Editable to 16 levels
  • 16 Scale types and chromatic transposition
  • Synth expand view doubles playable area
  • Dual view for playing osc 1 and osc 2 simultaneously and independently
  • Paraphonic mode option switch to select how the amp envelope triggers
  • Configurable pattern start and end points
  • Configurable pattern chain
  • Instant and queued Session switching
  • Instant and queued Pattern switching

Editing

  • Velocity and gate per step
  • Fractional gate lengths (each step divisible by 6)
  • Automation edit per step
  • Clear step, automation parameter per pattern, pattern, session
  • Duplicate step, pattern

Software Compatibility

  • Ableton Live Lite 9 is included
  • Circuit Mono Station is a USB-MIDI class compliant device

Power Requirements

  • Maximum power consumption 12V DC 1A

Product Dimensions

  • Maximum power consumption 12V DC 1A