Novation has released firmware version 1.5 for its Circuit grid-based groove box.
The update focuses on increased expression of sequences and closer representation of live-recorded parts. It also enables instant preview of patches, making sound selection quicker and easier while jamming.
There are several features that are distinct improvements. The first is Fractional Gate: we’ve given 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.
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 you can choose what MIDI information you want to share between both devices.
The firmware is available for download via Components and Components Standalone on Windows and Mac.