The Novation Circuit Rhythm Groovebox now Available


Today, Novation officially introduced the Circuit Rhythm. Finally, the Circuit Tracks gets its long-awaited rhythmic sibling, the third groovebox in the Circuit family.


The Novation Circuit Rhythm groovebox marches to a different beat, with onboard sampling and performance features.


The Circuit Rhythm keeps the streamlined grid-based sequencing interface of the original Circuit, but focuses on sampling and sample sequencing. Instead of offering two synthesis and 4 drum tracks




  • Record samples directly to the hardware, then slice, sculpt and resample your sounds. Slice, reverse, loop, play chromatically, and more
  • Perform with grid FX
  • Make beats with eight sample tracks, each with their own 32-step patterns, chainable for up to 256 steps per track.
  • Capture your groove quantized or off grid into the sequencer, and keep your beats evolving with probability and pattern mutate.
  • Effects – add 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 analog sync out. Sample to mono, or monitor through stereo out or with headphones.
  • microSD card slot too save and access thousands of samples and projects.
  • The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of battery life




  • 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



The Circuit Rhythm comes with eight sample tracks that you can record directly into via the audio inputs, and grooves can be constructed in the sequencer. Here, you can put together chainable 32-step patterns, and all at lightning speed, says Novation.


Beats can be quantised or you can go off-grid and keep things loose, while further vibe can be added with the performance-friendly Grid FX. These include the likes of beat repeat and vinyl simulation.


Besides is designed to be a fast and fun beatmaking device that you can take anywhere – it has a built-in rechargeable battery – Circuit Rhythm’s full-size MIDI In, Out and Thru ports mean that it can also be used in conjunction with your other studio gear. There is analogue sync out, too, as well as audio and headphone outputs.


Samples and projects can be stored on SD card, while computer connectivity is handled by the Circuit Components app. This enables you to load samples, back-up projects and download artist soundpacks.


Find out more on the Novation site.


The Novation Circuit Rhythm now available.

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