Novation Circuit Beta Test Firmware Update, Software Synth Patch Editor & MIDI CC Spec

Novation Circuit is only recently out and already has some exciting updates, including an awesome Max4Live / standalone software synth editor from Isotonik Studios, updated firmware & MIDI CC spec.  

First update released (in beta) which includes new hardware capabilities and bug fixes, plus a software synth patch editor made by Isotonik Studios, and MIDI CC specifications.

Following the recent release of our first groove box, Circuit, we've taken on board your feedback and have been working hard to deliver on what we believe to be your key requests.

Watch/Read >>> Ask.Audio video review of Novation Circuit here

Today, we're pleased to offer Circuit owners three new items:

  1. Updated Firmware (Beta)
  2. Software Synth Patch Editor (via Isotonik Studios)
  3. MIDI CC Specification

Details are as follows.

Novation Circuit

1. Beta Firmware Update

We’ve been working on the first update for the firmware and would like existing Circuit owners to test it out and provide feedback. 

You can download it from the Novation beta website here: 

Included in this update:

  • Record External MIDI

◦Plug-in a controller keyboard using the included MIDI Din to Mini-Jack cable (additional MIDI cable required).

◦Use MIDI Channel 1, 2, and 10 to play and record Synth 1, 2, and Drums 

◦All notes will be recorded into the sequencer 

◦This all works via USB too. So you can have a MIDI file in your DAW and play it into the Circuit. 

  • Improved Automation

◦Hold and release on Record button for temporary record

  • Easily switch in and out of record mode for quick automation and note overdubbing

◦Clear Step

  • When stopped, press record button, then a step. Holding Clear and wiggling a macro will delete the automation for that step only. 
  • External MIDI program change

◦Change synth presets externally

  • Bug Fixes

◦Copying a step between tracks (synth -> synth, drum -> drum) now works correctly

◦Master filter is now always set to neutral (off) on startup irrespective of the knob position

◦Fixed stuck notes when switching sessions and after selecting patch 1

◦Fixed sporadic audio glitches with Synth


2. Software Synth Patch Editor 


We’ve partnered with our friends Isotonik Studios who've made a Max4Live device which can be used to edit synth presets on Circuit. 

Novation Circuit Synth Software Editor from Isotonik Studios

The software allows you to edit patches on your Circuit, save new patches to your unit, or to create your own bank of 64 patches. We hope this'll encourage you to share your patches with other Circuit users (joined the Circuit Owners Group yet?!).

Download it here*: 

It is a Max4Live device and currently for Mac OS only, and you’ll need Ableton Live 9.5 Suite. This will run inside Live so also allows you to integrate Circuit into your Live workflow. 

However, don’t worry if you don’t have Live Suite…..

Standalone versions are also available for Mac and PC. These are big files (because they operate in the Max Runtime environment), but are an identical in function to the Max4Live version. They run on your computer even if you don’t have Live, or Max4Live, or Max MSP installed.  Note that they are NOT plug-ins, so cannot be used in a DAW.

*this software has been built and will be supported by Isotonik Studios.


3. MIDI CC Specification


We've compiled a document containing every MIDI message that you can send to the Circuit to control synths, drums, mixer and FX, allowing users to create mappings for MIDI controllers.

Get the document here:


The Future


This is just the beginning of our work to develop and expand the capabilities of Circuit. 

We are working on other items that we'll release as soon as we can.

For now, please send any feedback/requests to: (related to hardware)  (related to software)

and consider joining the Circuit Users group here: 

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