MATRIXSYNTH: Isotonik Studios Releases Novation Circuit Editor

Monday, December 21, 2015

Isotonik Studios Releases Novation Circuit Editor

via Isotonik

When the Novation Circuit first got pushed across our desk we just got it, in minutes we had a simple tune up and playing whereas with other synths we’d hit brick walls after an hour of fiddling and then we’d pull the plug on the project without finding that spark of inspiration!

Novation then invited us to their head office in High Wycombe to finish work they’d started in an Max patch that would edit the inbuilt sounds for Synth’s ONE and TWO. It was ground we’d trod before in our work with LaunchSync and the LaunchControl XL Step Sequencer, however nothing would prepare us for how deep this one went…

After a few beta rounds of testing, it became apparent that we could develop something pretty special. We’d need a little more help from the team behind the development of the Circuit though. So after a few lengthy Skype sessions the gauntlet was set down…

We all agreed that we wanted to unlock the potential behind the Circuit and develop an Editor that would allow the user to fine tune or completely reshape the onboard sounds. Novation began by developing the latest firmware based on our requests, then we set about providing bi-directional feedback from the unit to the Editor, the advantage of being able to edit the Factory Settings and save them back to session slots was soon surpassed with the ability to overwrite the patches stored in the Circuits ROM. You got two Nova Synths and a bank of 64 patches to play with so that should be plenty!

Virtually every element of each Synth is editable. You can adjust every parameter in realtime and play the results on the Circuit, tweaking everything imaginable from the Oscillators and LFO’s to the Chorus and Distortion settings. As part of the Circuits’ attraction is the 8 macro dials (which can be mapped to up to four parameters each) we’ve given you the ability to re-define what they’ll modulate when you perform Live!

When your happy with your new sounds you can save a bank of your own 64 patches to Disc and then load them to the Circuit for your next performance, or if want to retain some of the factory content there’s the ability to load a single patch to a Synth slot as well.


MaxforLive AMXD – On a Mac the editor can be run within Ableton Live through a simple MaxforLive device that sits on a single MIDI track.

Max Standalone Versions – We’ve created standalone versions for both Mac and Windows so you don’t even need Ableton Live to get editing your sounds!

The Mac version presents itself as an .app file whilst Windows is a .exe in both cases you’ll need to have downloaded Max7 for it to work. You don’t need a full license as the editor will continue to work when your trial has expired. This means that you don’t even need to have a DAW to get new sounds out of and into your Circuit!!


We’re not be stopping there though, you’ll see what we mean when you open the device! Get involved, send us your feedback and let’s make this thing the best it can be!!


v1.0.0 – released 17/12/2015

YOU MUST UPDATE to the Firmware beta available from Novation – CLICK HERE
MaxforLive Device compatible with MAC OS – YOU MUST HAVE MAXFORLIVE 7 INSTALLED
MAX Standalone Versions for MAC OS and Windows –YOU MUST HAVE MAX 7 INSTALLED
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