Novation Circuit Rhythm
The Circuit Rhythm offers a good amount of sampling power at a reasonable price. The $400 groovebox obviously takes a lot of inspiration from the SP-303 and SP-404 which are staples of lo-fi hip hop, but offers some more modern sequencing features and a more intuitive workflow. Still, without a screen it’s helpful to have the menu handy and the performance-focused Grid FX leave something to be desired.
- Solid sampling and slicing features
- Workflow is simple and intuitive
- Portable and battery-powered
- Grid FX are underwhelming
- Advanced features take time to memorize
- Thin line between subtle and over-the-top on effects