Novation Introduces Circuit, a ‘Grid-Based Groove Box’

Novation has introduced Circuit, a stand-alone, grid-based groove box.

Teased out by Novation with several weeks of “start something”-themed videos, Novation has positioned Circuit as an all-in-one solution for music creation:

“Sometimes, starting a track can be a difficult and daunting task…. We suffer from this problem too and wanted to create a solution.”

“We wanted something small and portable, something that doesn’t sound like a toy, something that gives maximum creative output from minimum input, something that encourages exploration and creates ‘happy accidents’. That’s why we created Circuit.”

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Knobcon 4 Photo Gallery – Highlights Of The Largest Synthesizer Convention Ever

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Knobcon 4, described as the largest synthesizer convention in the world, was held earlier this month, Sept 11-13, in Itasca, Illinois.

According to organizer Eric Williamson (aka Suit & Tie Guy), Knobcon 4 was the largest synth convention ever – attracting close to 500 people, from 6 countries.

The event was packed with activities, including:

  • A keynote by synth pioneer Malcolm Cecil, above;
  • Two nights full of electronic music performances;
  • Workshops and interviews;
  • A massive gear room, with tables of new and rare vintage gear: and
  • A synth DIY room.

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Knobcon 4 Synth Convention Coming Next Week, Sept 11-13


Knobcon 4 – a massive synth meetup, featuring performances, workshops and vendors – will be held next week, Sept 11-13, 2015, in the Chicago area.

The three-day event, which focuses on electronic and experimental music and the tools used to create it, will be held at the Westin Chicago Northwest.

Highlights include two nights of live electronic music performances; a Saturday banquet with keynote speaker Malcolm Cecil; workshops on the Triadex Muse, acoustic synthesis and more; and synth DIY. Continue reading

Synth Jam In The Park, With An iPad, Volca Keys & A Wooden Box

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Perplex On, captures a synth jam in the park, featuring an iPad, a homemade wooden box (used as a trigger for the Impaktor app), a Korg nanoKontrol and a Korg Volca Keys.

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