Novation’s Next Level Synth and Sequencer: Circuit Mono Station
For weeks now, we’ve been hearing rumblings of Novation’s latest, the Circuit Mono Station, so with its unveiling at last week’s Superbooth trade fair in Berlin, we thought we’d check it out. Our first impression is this synth/sequencer has a lot of really cool, applicable features, and it looks like a lot of fun. This could be a great tool to add some new flavor to your productions or give a new avenue for songwriting. For anyone familiar with Novation products, the Circuit Mono Station is a cross between the Circuit, Peak, and Bass Station II – taking the layout of knobs from the Peak, combining with the workflow of the Circuit, and mixing those features with the sound engine of the Bass Station II (we have a Bass Station II here and love its ability to produce fat, dirty or clean, analog bass sounds while retaining clarity).
The Circuit Mono Station is a paraphonic analog synthesizer with three sequencer tracks. Both monophonic and paraphonic modes are available, with each oscillator controlled by its own sequencer. There are two oscillator sequencers and one modulation sequencer – each with the flexibility to adjust Gate length, switch patterns instantly, choose sync rate, and mutate patterns. Each oscillator comes with individual control of sync and tuning parameters, and the monophonic and paraphonic modes include individual glide control. 32 velocity-sensitive RGB pads provide a comfortable platform to create and perform sequenced patterns with the oscillators.
Other key features allow for synthesis and sound design unique to the Mono Station. Specific frequency band manipulation is possible with high-pass, low-pass and band-pass filters with slopes of 12 dB and 24 dB, and resonance and frequency adjustment. Or, go deeper into sound design with three distortion modes including: Classic Bass Station, New Fuzz, or a mixture of both. More in-depth modulation is also possible with a modulation matrix including Source and Destination selection, allowing complex alteration and routing. Users can load and save up to 64 patches; being able to use the piece of hardware as a sampler creates even more, almost endless, possibilities for production.
The Mono Station also has compatibility with just about all other types of hardware. Connect via CV, Gate, or modulation outputs. Plug in and sync with your Mac or PC via USB. Or MIDI In, Out and Thru are available to connect with other MIDI gear. One of the coolest features is the ability to input an audio signal and use the analog filtration and distortion of the Mono Station on the source. Inputted audio can also be used with the mod sequencer to modulate, evolve, and process the source in amazing new ways. Very cool!
Check out more about the Novation Circuit Mono on their site HERE and check out the video below to hear some of the amazing possibilities this synthesizer/sequencer has to offer.