November 2021 - 45

I threw in some of my own custom-created
sounds (one shots, beats, grooves,
synth tones, found sounds and manipulated
field recordings) and then I rolled up
my sleeves for a bit of a learning curve.
Slice and dice
It took a bit of time to wrap my head
around the Circuit Rhythm workflow;
I'm still getting the hang of it. It's an old
school by-ear process, and while the 32
RGB backlit pads do offer some visual
editing feedback, the lack of screenbased
editing felt unusual. The user
guide and a few quick YouTube videos
got me up to speed.
FX
The usual suspects are all there for
built-in effects in the Circuit Rhythm.
Starting with reverb and delay, they
lean toward modern and even decidedly
lo-fi quality to my ears. The distortion
knob can get you anything from subtle
warm saturation to extreme hard clipping
sounds. There is the ability to sidechain
tracks, a feature I found to be very useful,
and a master compressor to glue
the mix together. A Grid Effects feature
allows you to add effects live to your
master output while performing. There is
Beat Repeat, Reverser, Gater, Auto Filter,
Digitise, Phaser and Vinyl. The Vinyl
effect was my favorite and is reminiscent
of the legendary Vinyl Sim effect on the
old Boss Dr. Sample 303 machine that
is very popular with hip-hop producers
and beatmakers like Madlib and J Dilla.
For editing, the ability to fine-tune and
tweak the effects in the Components app
is far superior to working directly on the
hardware. For example, inside Components,
you can adjust the filtering of the
Vinyl effect and the intensity of the wobble,
crackle and hiss. You can add up to
16 grid effects and customize them all to
your heart's content.
Conclusions
While actual sampling has fallen out
of favor over the years, as much of it is
done for you in today's virtual instruments,
I am pleased to see it and hear it making
a comeback. Many beatmakers and electronic
and hip-hop music producers past
and present rely solely on hardware-based
sampling in their music creation. I'll never
forget the first time I sampled a vinyl record
into an old MPC 1000 and started
messing with the pitch, reversing the audio,
and immediately becoming hooked.
Realizing that early electronic artists and
even the Beatles were into manipulating
audio with tape loops made it an even
more appealing world to get into.
All this to say, the Novation Circuit
Rhythm is an excellent gateway into that
world. It's portable, powerful, affordable,
and once you learn its ins, outs
and architecture, it's fun and inspiring.
I've spent time with a few similarly styled
and priced machines. The appearance,
build quality, sound, effects, and overall
vibe of the Novation Circuit Rhythm
make it a top-tier consideration.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of November 2021

Fade In
Fast Forward
Studio Upgrade Roundup
Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: A Crash Course in Atmos
Plugin Outlet: Slate Digital MetaTune
KRK Systems: KNS 8402
Southern Avenue and the Modern Memphis Sound
Plugin Outlet: Raising Jake SideMinder ME2
Shure MV7 USB Podcast Microphone
RECORDING Show and Tell: Studio Upgrades (2021 Edition)
Plugin Outlet: bx_console Focusrite SC
Novation Circuit Rhythm
Session Log: The AngelHeaded Hipster, Part 11: Home Mixing in Home Studios
Mackie: Onyx16
Alclair: Electro 6 Driver
Plugin Outlet: Arturia FX Collection 2
Inside the Box with Joe Albano: workflow-focused programs and plugins
RME Fireface UCX II 40-channel USB Interface
Readers' Tracks
Fade Out: Studio Feng Shui
November 2021 - Intro
November 2021 - Cover1
November 2021 - Cover2
November 2021 - 1
November 2021 - 2
November 2021 - 3
November 2021 - Fade In
November 2021 - 5
November 2021 - 6
November 2021 - 7
November 2021 - Fast Forward
November 2021 - 9
November 2021 - Studio Upgrade Roundup
November 2021 - 11
November 2021 - 12
November 2021 - 13
November 2021 - 14
November 2021 - 15
November 2021 - 16
November 2021 - 17
November 2021 - 18
November 2021 - 19
November 2021 - Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: A Crash Course in Atmos
November 2021 - 21
November 2021 - 22
November 2021 - 23
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Slate Digital MetaTune
November 2021 - 25
November 2021 - KRK Systems: KNS 8402
November 2021 - 27
November 2021 - Southern Avenue and the Modern Memphis Sound
November 2021 - 29
November 2021 - 30
November 2021 - 31
November 2021 - 32
November 2021 - 33
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Raising Jake SideMinder ME2
November 2021 - 35
November 2021 - Shure MV7 USB Podcast Microphone
November 2021 - 37
November 2021 - RECORDING Show and Tell: Studio Upgrades (2021 Edition)
November 2021 - 39
November 2021 - 40
November 2021 - 41
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: bx_console Focusrite SC
November 2021 - 43
November 2021 - Novation Circuit Rhythm
November 2021 - 45
November 2021 - Session Log: The AngelHeaded Hipster, Part 11: Home Mixing in Home Studios
November 2021 - 47
November 2021 - 48
November 2021 - 49
November 2021 - Mackie: Onyx16
November 2021 - 51
November 2021 - Alclair: Electro 6 Driver
November 2021 - 53
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Arturia FX Collection 2
November 2021 - 55
November 2021 - 56
November 2021 - 57
November 2021 - Inside the Box with Joe Albano: workflow-focused programs and plugins
November 2021 - 59
November 2021 - 60
November 2021 - 61
November 2021 - RME Fireface UCX II 40-channel USB Interface
November 2021 - 63
November 2021 - Readers' Tracks
November 2021 - 65
November 2021 - 66
November 2021 - 67
November 2021 - 68
November 2021 - 69
November 2021 - 70
November 2021 - 71
November 2021 - Fade Out: Studio Feng Shui
November 2021 - Cover3
November 2021 - Cover4
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