Meditation 1 – Circuit tribe

The Novation Circuit is a neat instrument, but it is limited at two synths, each with 6 voice polyphony, and four drum tracks. I wanted more.

At the same time I had an Korg Electribe EM-1 sitting in a cupboard. If I could hook them up together it would add another two monophonic synths and eight drum tracks.

I connected the MIDI OUT on the Circuit to the MIDI IN on the Electribe.

It worked fine, both synths on both machines played in unison, and the drums were in sync.  But there was no way to make the Electribe stop listening to incoming note messages.  However, it was possible to reassign its MIDI channels.


Snip from page 47 of the Electribe EM-1 manual.

The wiring diagram shows the Electribe running as master, controlling an external synth. But I had chosen to use the Circuit as master. Thus the reverse connection.

I reassigned like this:

  • Synth part 1 to channel 3
  • Synth part 2 to channel 4
  • Drum part to channel 11





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