After reading the 61 page User Manual, I was blown away with how much technology is packed into this little jam machine. Circuit is a breeze to sequence and tweak on the fly. Beautiful sounds from the Mininova synth engines and drum machines.
+2 Nova synth engines, 4 drum tracks.
+Polyrhythmic 8 bar sequencers. Every bar can have a different length, as well every synth, and drums in pairs.
+"Sample flip" - though you can load one sample per drum track, and every drum track is monophonic, you can record changing samples. Very powerful.
(I should point out the memory: 64 presets (both synths share the same presets), 64 samples - 60 seconds of 16-bit mono .wav audio, 32 sessions - projects)
+Really easy to use. You turn it on and start making music.
+Portable - it runs on batteries and has a speaker built in.
+Cloud saving - When connected to a PC, you just go to https://components.novationmusic.com/ and you can backup all your sessions, samples and presets in the cloud.
-Synth editor is a bit hard to use. You can't edit presets on-board, you have to use the editor, which isn't the best designed program in the world. (They're working on a new one, VST, may be interesting)
-Only cloud saving. Though you can download samples, presets and sessions to your PC, you can't transfer it to Circuit without accessing the website. Which means no internet = no backup.
Can be used as a drum machine with 2 synth sounds or with the online updat, can be used as a sampler/ trigger for any sounds, easy to use!
This handheld box can sequence 4 drum tracks and 2 synths, 1 mono, 1 poly. It can then store up to 64 16 step sequences. Ive made about 5 beats so far on mine. I think its a good thing to have to rock parties and cookouts... or even the Aux plug on a roadtrip. Many find it ideal to control other synths via midi. It has room for improvements so I patiently await updates.
This thing was so easy to pick up and start making music on. They really did a great job making this. The sounds are hit or miss, some are great and others are just so-so but the ability to import samples makes that a non-issue