Top 3 Synthesizers for BoBeats

Published on Mar 14, 2019 BoBeats

“In this video I talk about 3 synthesizers that I think are really nice.

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Changing Midi Channels (1.8) // Novation Circuit Tutorial

Published on Mar 11, 2019 Ron Cavagnaro

“This tutorial is how to change the midi channels on the new 1.8 firmware for the novation circuit.”

Making Beats with the Novation Circuit 1.8 Update

Published on Mar 11, 2019 Gabe Miller Music

“Making couple of jams from scratch using the Novation Circuit 1.8 firmware update. Unquantized beats galore.”

Analog Studio Electro Jam

Published on Mar 10, 2019 Peter Maas

“Playing with the machines. TR808, TR09, TR606 and Boss Clapper through Clouds on drums. Novation Peak and Oberheim Matrix 1000 on leads. Intellijel Rubicon+Metropolis and MC202 on Bass. Digitakt and Moog Minitaur on bleeps and blops. Processing with Ensoniq DP/4, Strymon El Capistan, Klark Teknik 1176KT, FMR RNC, Boss RV500.”

Compact Creations 010 // My favorite mono synth & Novation Circuit Jam

Published on Mar 9, 2019 Enrique Martinez Music

“Built this mini eurorack out of my favorite pieces of my larger case.
Put it through its paces with the 1.7 Circuit firmware.”

Microstep Recording (1.8) // Novation Circuit Tutorial

Published on Mar 7, 2019 Ron Cavagnaro

Intro 0:00
Toggling Quantization 0:19
Quantized Example 0:39
“Non-Quantized” Example 0:51
Editing Microsteps 1:10
Short Improvised Non-Quantized Recording 2:10

Lofi Electronica Soundpack for Launchpad

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“With grainy beats and subtle, yet driving melodics – New pack LoFi Electronica brings a dynamic Soundpack for chilled productions.”

Novation Circuit crams still more features: 1.8 update

There’s yet another firmware update for Novation’s Circuit, the inexpensive synth/drum groovebox. 1.8 adds new internal expression features like non-quantized recording, plus custom MIDI channels for use with external gear.

Firmware updates are not normally worth making front-page news, but there’s something unique about the unstoppable force of the Circuit.

It’s small. It’s cheap – still around US$350 new, and used for a lot less. It’s simple – the big surprise has been that what first appeared as a basic entry-level instrument has become a sleeper hit packing unexpected powers. And it just keeps adding firmware updates, at this point seeming more like the sort of thing we’d get from hacker users than from the manufacturer.

New in this build:

Record without quantizing. This one’s long overdue – sure, it’s nice that Circuit automatically quantizes for anyone who’s finger drumming skills suck, but it also takes the soul out of the music. Now you can choose.

Per-note velocity. This was another sort of oversight – because Circuit can have more than one note on the same step, but didn’t track the velocity for each note, you had multiple notes that were all stuck with the same velocity. Now each note has its own velocity.

Synth microsteps. Each step has up to six microsteps for still more rhythmic division.

Assignable MIDI channels. Synth 1, Synth 2, and Drums let you choose MIDI channel 1 to 15, useful if your outboard gear doesn’t let you select.

Also a new 1.8 feature (not sure when it was introduced) – CALC has grown a mustache. Erm, 1.8 video:

I think we’re now probably really mostly at the end of the life of Circuit in terms of what the hardware will even run, but it’s still worth noting this longer journey. And actually, just having these additional features might be reason to bring a unit out again, especially with outboard MIDI sequencing.

And there’s a lesson for more long-ter life for gear. MPC die-hards will likely have fond memories of JJ OS, an unofficial alternative firmware for the Akai MPC1000 and MPC2500. Now it’s time for that sort of mindset to apply to official releases.

And why not? Musicians love buying gear. If they got the sense that their hardware would get long-term support rather than being abandoned, they might actually buy more gear. And it’s clear the attention Novation lavished on Circuit has had a halo effect on the whole brand. So manufacturers, take note: musicians invest more in long-term love than they do in planned obsolescence.

So you do hope more manufacturers devote this kind of effort into updates. Novation have been a model for browser-based updates and editing, one you’d hope others follow. And it’d be great where manufacturers don’t devote resources themselves, that they find ways of leaving architectures open for users to modify and extend their gear – whether large manufacturers or small shops.

If it sounds like I may be leading up to discussions of that elsewhere, you bet I am. So other manufacturers working on updates and extensibility, or who would like to talk about those ideas generally, we’d love to hear from you.

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Novation // Circuit v1.8 Update

Published on Mar 7, 2019 NovationTV

“Introducing the next stage in the development of Circuit – the firmware v1.8 update. V1.8 adds four new features to our all-in-one groovebox to benefit every producer’s creative workflow.

In this video, -CALC- talks you through all four new features: Non-quantised recording, Synth microstep edit, Per-note velocity tracking and Assignable MIDI channels.