Novation Circuit Tracks: A Portable and Powerful Groovebox for EDM


Joining Novation's popular and portable Circuit Series music-making machines is Circuit Tracks, a potent groovebox (and so much more) purpose-built for EDM and dance music production in the studio or anywhere creativity flows. With its dual poly-synth engines, sample-based drum tracks, screen-free workflow, and internal rechargeable four-hour battery, Circuit Tracks is an all-in-one music studio solution that can go anywhere, no computer required.

Novation Circuit Tracks Standalone Groove Box with Synths, Drums, and Sequencer
Novation Circuit Tracks Stand-Alone Groove Box with Synths, Drums, and Sequencer

Though its footprint is small, everything else about Circuit Tracks works on a grand scale. It packs in eight tracks—four drum tracks, two synth tracks, and two MIDI tracks—along with a sequencer that can provide 32-step patterns, up to 256 steps per sequence, and micro-timing for sliding off the grid. All drum tracks can utilize samples, which you can load via the Novation Components companion app. The synth tracks take advantage of dual polyphonic digital engines while the MIDI tracks let you send note and CC automation data to hardware or software MIDI instruments.

The inclusion of MIDI in/out/thru ports and an analog sync out connection allows this groovebox to integrate smoothly with your DAW system, MIDI keyboard, and even modular synth goodies. Run external audio into the 1/4" inputs to add effects and use the headphone and line outputs to monitor through cans or speakers.

Shocking as it may seem, Circuit Tracks manages to put 32 RGB backlit velocity-sensitive pads, 28 RGB backlit buttons, and eight endless encoder knobs with RGB indicators at your fingertips. This means that instead of squinting at a screen, your workflow revolves around a slew of tactile controls.

Once you've whipped up some tasty tracks, you can sweeten them with the onboard reverb and delay and inject the mix with sidechain and master compression. If an idea for a fresh tune hits you in the middle of a song, just pop a microSD card into Circuit Tracks to save your entire project or just the synth patches and drum samples.

With so much creative horsepower under the hood of this compact music production machine, Circuit Tracks is likely to become like your phone… you'll never leave home without it.

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