COMPLETE THE CIRCUIT!?
When the Novation Circuit first got pushed across our desk we just got it, in minutes we had a simple tune up and playing whereas with other synths we’d hit brick walls after an hour of fiddling and then we’d pull the plug on the project without finding that spark of inspiration!
Novation then invited us to their head office in High Wycombe to finish work they’d started in an Max patch that would edit the inbuilt sounds for Synth’s ONE and TWO. It was ground we’d trod before in our work with LaunchSync and the LaunchControl XL Step Sequencer, however nothing would prepare us for how deep this one went…
After a few beta rounds of testing, it became apparent that we could develop something pretty special. We’d need a little more help from the team behind the development of the Circuit though. So after a few lengthy Skype sessions the gauntlet was set down…
We all agreed that we wanted to unlock the potential behind the Circuit and develop an Editor that would allow the user to fine tune or completely reshape the onboard sounds. Novation began by developing the latest firmware based on our requests, then we set about providing bi-directional feedback from the unit to the Editor, the advantage of being able to edit the Factory Settings and save them back to session slots was soon surpassed with the ability to overwrite the patches stored in the Circuits ROM. You’ve got two Nova Synths and a bank of 64 patches to play with so that should be plenty!
Virtually every element of each Synth is editable. You can adjust every parameter in realtime and play the results on the Circuit, tweaking everything imaginable from the Oscillators and LFO’s to the Chorus and Distortion settings. As part of the Circuits’ attraction is the 8 macro dials (which can be mapped to up to four parameters each) we’ve given you the ability to re-define what they’ll modulate when you perform Live!
When you’re happy with your new sounds you can save a bank of your own 64 patches to Disc and then load them to the Circuit for your next performance, or if want to retain some of the factory content there’s the ability to load a single patch to a Synth slot as well.
MAXFORLIVE & MAX STANDALONE VERSIONS
MaxforLive AMXD – On both Windows and Mac the editor can be run within Ableton Live through a simple MaxforLive device that sits on a single MIDI track.
Max Standalone Versions – We’ve created standalone versions for both Mac and Windows so you don’t even need Ableton Live to get editing your sounds!
We’re not be stopping there though, we’re already at the second release and want to keep going! Get involved, send us your feedback and let’s make this thing the best it can be!!
v1.0.0 – released 17/12/2015
- YOU MUST UPDATE to the Firmware beta available from Novation – CLICK HERE
- MaxforLive Device compatible with MAC OS – YOU MUST HAVE MAXFORLIVE 7 INSTALLED
- Standalone Versions for MAC OS and Windows
- Grab Patch from Circuit
- Patch Upload to Circuit
V1.1.0 – released 5/3/2016
- Added Windows Compatibility to the MaxforLive version – YOU MUST HAVE THE LATEST DRIVER INSTALLED – CLICK HERE
- New Macro’s View for easy identification of mappings, Macro’s ONLY view choice for the smaller screen
- A raft of glitch and bug fixes such as One-Shot-Sync etc
Circuit Not Communicating to Editor
Q, The Editor appears to be working as the Circuit is showing in Cyan on the main device menu but there doesn’t seem to be any communication between the Editor and the Circuit.
A, When you turn on the unit whilst pressing SHIFT, you get a settings page. On the left are 2 buttons for ‘Receive MIDI’ and ‘Send MIDI’ these settings effect both DIN and USB MIDI in and out of the unit. Make sure both of these are Green, then press Play to boot up the unit.
Mac Standalone Won’t Open
Q, I’ve downloaded the DMG file and when opening can see the Circuit Logo on the .app file, clicking it results in no action/states the DMG is damaged
A, Go to Apple > Menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy – Allow apps downloaded from Click anywhere…. Restart the installer – BINGO!
WINDOWS 10 STANDALONE USERS “I got an error saying that there’s MSVCP120.dll missing on my pc” – You also need to install the VC2013 redistributable, For 64-bit Windows 10 users install both the 32 and 64-bit versions of the redistributable – CLICK HERE