The Circuit groovebox has certainly proved a hit — we were particularly fond of it when it came through the SOS office — and Novation have been consistently expanding its functionality with updates. Now, their latest firmware update, version 1.5 adds a host of creative, user-requested functionality.
Circuit 1.5 focusses on increased expression of sequences and closer representation of live-recorded parts. To that end, Novation have added 'Fractional Gate’, giving the Gate sequencer six times more precision per step. Version 1.5 enables staccato steps to be programmed per-step and increases variance in melody creation. The improved gate functionality makes it a great choice as a sequencer to drive a modular system, as well as it having two inbuilt synth engines (six-voice), and a sampler built-in.
It also enables instant preview of patches, making sound selection quicker and easier while jamming. Synth Patch Preview means that anyone can listen to synth patches directly from the selection view: poly patches play the root, third and fifth notes of the current scale and key, while mono patches play the root note.
Circuit 1.5 also features MIDI CC Send and Receive, which means MIDI CC data can be turned on or off to prevent any unwanted parameter changes. Circuit Mono Station also comes with MIDI CC Send and Receive, so what MIDI information is shared between both devices can be chosen. The firmware is available via Components and Components Standalone on Mac or PC.