Novation Circuit Mono Station

Paraphonic Analogue Synthesizer

  • 2 Oscillators with individual control of sync and tuning parameters
  • Filter can be used as high, low or bandpass filters with 12 or 24 dB
  • Three distortion modes
  • Monophone and paraphone modes with individual glide control
  • 4 x 8 Modulation matrix for complex manipulation and routing
  • Internal memory for 64 patches
  • Modulation Sequencer
  • 32 Touch-sensitive RGB pads
  • 16 Scale Types
  • Adjustable sync rates
  • Outputs for CV, Gate and Modulation to control external devices
  • Modulate, modify and edit audio sources via the audio input
  • Save patches and sessions with Components
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 240 x 250 x 54 mm
  • Weight: 1.19 kg
  • Includes USB cable, 3 x Midi breakout cable, 12 V DC power supply, Ableton Live Lite and 4 GB sounds and samples

Further information

Design Desktop
Polyphony 1
Sound Generation Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out, 1x Thru
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port Yes
Effects Yes
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No
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Not really a Circuit

Jim Jones, 13.01.2018
While the Circuit is something you pick to turn an idea quickly into music, the Mono Station is more about sound design, something you'd pick for a patch idea.
The Circuit is more an all-around solution, while the Mono Station is pretty specific in it's purpose and use.
Pros
+ easy to use Circuit sequencer with 64 steps/pattern, 8 pattern/session (for OSC 1, OSC 2 and Mod)
+ each knob/fader movement can be recorded and saved
+ session and patch memory
+ lots of sound-shaping options
+ 3 different types of distortion
+ audio in which allows to manipulate the incoming audio
+ good connectivity (MIDI in, out and thru, analogue clock in and out, CV, gate and aux CV output and USB for MIDI and firmware updates)
+ great for Bass sounds but not limited to it

Cons
- requires some knowledge about analog synthesis
- price

Obviously it's not a Groovebox like the Circuit. However it's a great addition to the Circuit as it opens up more sonically possibilities. The audio-in turns the Mono Station in an advanced effect processor.
While there is some kind of learning curve it's pretty hands-on and a great piece of gear. A little pricey though.

If you look for analog sound with patch memory, sequencer and distortion effects built-in, while being able to process external audio, then the Mono Station is a pretty good choice. Recommended.
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infinite possibilities

BestenFalls, 24.01.2018
When I heard that Novation is packing its base station into a case with the sequencer of the Circuit I was seized with greed.

And what I found in the package met (almost - more on that later) all expectations.

The synth is solidly processed and is thoughtful and intuitive to capture.

The sub-oscillator provides a fat sound through the automation of almost all parameters,
The modulation matrix and the sophisticated sequencers offers unimagined possibilities.

The pattern and patch memory locations and the various inputs / outputs
are invaluable especially for live performances.

Unfortunately, the Volcareske mixer section is the mono station with their
tight and stiff pots a real problem
especially because the 'paraphony' makes it necessary
For example, if I want to generate a pure sine wave,
extract individual signal components now and then
(which is easy to do thanks to Automation & Mod-Sequencer)
because the second oscillator always resonates and not
as I falsely assumed after studying the manual,
a sequencer triggers one oscillator each,
and only VCA, Filter and Distortion are shared
where the oscillators are on request through
Oscillator Sync and Paraphonic Mode influence each other.

That just does not hurt the sound and the joy of experimentation
like the especially dust-affine gecko-base underside
and the 'Unicorn and Bubblebath' coloring of the pads.

It remains to be seen what nice gimmicks Novation still thinks out
but the update history of the circuit shows this open concept
still leaves a lot of possibilities open.

Three thumbs up :)
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