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Circuit Rhythm in home studio

Sample. Make beats. Perform.

Circuit Rhythm is a versatile sampler for making and performing beats. Record samples directly to the hardware, then slice, sculpt and resample your sounds effortlessly. Capture your groove quantised or off-grid into the sequencer, and layer up across eight sample tracks. Invigorate your live set with performance FX: embrace imperfection with lo-fi tape, stutter your mix with beat repeat, and more. Integrate Circuit Rhythm into your studio, or unplug and create anywhere utilising the built-in rechargeable battery.

Circuit Rhythm on a desk

Making beats, made easy

Push your beatmaking further and transform samples into incredible tracks with Circuit Rhythm. Tweak samples to perfection, edit patterns on the fly and build beats in no time with a streamlined screenless workflow and a lightning-fast sequencer.

Circuit Rhythm home studio

A powerful and flexible sampler

Find your groove with no limits to your sound. Make beats with high-quality artist sounds out of the box, or plug your phone, turntable or synths into Circuit Rhythm and record sounds directly to the machine, then process and resample them.

With eight flexible sample tracks you can immediately play back samples however you choose, whether you’re chopping straight from vinyl, making basslines and melodies, or punching in drum grooves live.

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Circuit Rhythm desk setup

The perfect performance tool

Bring killer highs and drops to your live sets with a DJ-style master filter and a wide range of performance effects. Embrace imperfection with Vinyl Simulation & Digitiser, stutter your mix with Beat Repeat and Gater, turn back time with Reverser, and explore new timbres with Auto-Filter and Phaser for a truly dynamic sound. With Grid FX, you can give samples new life.

Circuit Rhythm in a backpack

Make music, anywhere

Bring beats to life wherever inspiration strikes you. Circuit Rhythm’s portability makes it the best friend of the beatmaker on-the-go. With a built-in rechargeable battery and microSD card for expandable storage, you can create, perform and store full length beats all in one place.

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Circuit Rhythm home studio with synths

Optimised for studio integration

Circuit Rhythm integrates easily into any studio setup. With full-size MIDI DIN, sync out, and audio in, partner Circuit Rhythm with your favourite hardware or software and create music without resistance. It’s the perfect modern beatmaking sampler and drum machine to complement your studio workflow.

Circuit Rhythm home studio

Take control of your samples

Get hands-on with your samples with controls for distortion, slope, high and low pass filters, and more. Send tracks to lush delay and reverb for huge sounds and make your beats pump with side chain. The master compressor glues your mix together, so your beats are fire every time.

Circuit Rhythm with laptop and Novation Components

Manage your music with Components

Novation Components is Circuit Rhythm’s online companion that makes it easy to back up and manage your projects, samples, and Grid FX templates in one convenient place. Designed to work seamlessly with your device, you can keep your custom sample library organised with cloud back up, and make the most of sample packs available to download and use in your productions.

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Sample and resample

Record samples directly to the hardware, then slice, sculpt and resample your sounds effortlessly.

Slice, reverse, loop, play chromatically, and more

Playback samples however you choose, whether you’re chopping straight from vinyl, making basslines and melodies, or punching in drums.

Perform with grid FX

Invigorate your live set with performance FX: embrace imperfection with vinyl simulation, stutter your mix with beat repeat, and more.

Eight sample tracks

Make beats with eight sample tracks, each with their own 32-step patterns, chainable for up to 256 steps per track.

Seamless beatmaking workflow

Go from a sample to a complete beat with ease using the powerful and hands-on sequencer.

Go off grid

Capture your groove quantised or off grid into the sequencer, and keep your beats evolving with probability and pattern mutate.

FX on everything

Douse samples in lush reverb and delay, make your mix pump with sidechain, and add punch with the master compressor.

Comprehensive connectivity

Connect to your studio with full-size five-pin MIDI in, out, and thru, and analogue sync out. Sample to mono, or monitor through stereo out or with headphones.

Never stop creating

Insert a microSD card to save and access thousands of samples and projects.

Create anywhere

The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of battery life, so you can make beats anywhere inspiration strikes.

Go further with Novation Components

Novation Components is the online companion that lets you load samples and back up your work.

Sound Collective

Register your Circuit Rhythm today to get access to free plugins and content with Novation Sound Collective.

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Compare Circuit

Circuit Rhythm joins Novation’s growing Circuit family, and takes after the original Novation Circuit, launched in 2015, bolstered by amazing new features. To compare Circuit Rhythm alongside Circuit and Circuit Tracks and to find the groovebox with the right features for you, check out our comparison page.

Tech Specs

Product Hardware Specifications

32 RGB backlit velocity-sensitive pads

28 RGB backlit tactile click buttons

Power button with charge status LED

USB-C socket

Kensington MiniSaver slot

MicroSD card slot

3x MIDI DIN (In, Out, Thru)

3.5mm sync out

L/R Sample In Pair

L/R Audio Out Pair

Headphones out

8x endless encoders with RGB indicators

Master volume pot

Master filter pot with centre detent

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

240mm length x 210mm depth x 30mm height (40mm height including knob caps)