How to setup the Mininova with Circuit Tracks

As a note to myself and for future reference:

  1. Make sure the MIDI template for Minonova is synced to the Circuit Tracks via Novation components. This is quite self-explanatory. (Keep track where it is as the Circuit doesn’t have a display to tell you which template is which)
  2. Connect via MIDI cable (e.g. Mininova MIDI In <-> Circuit MIDI Out)
  3. Connect via Audio cable (e.g. Mininova Audio Out to Circuit Tracks Audio Input 1 – n.b. that these are mono inputs). Just to be on the safe side make sure your volume knobs are turned down before switching your gear on.
  4. Set Mininova to MIDI channel 3 (for the „MIDI Out“ socket on Circuit Tracks with default settings, triggered via notes input on the „MIDI 1“ track on Circuit Tracks)
  5. Make sure Circuit has all MIDI channels activated and properly set, see manual p. 103f
  6. Set the clock correctly: „ClkSource MIDI“ or „ClkSource Auto“ in Mininova settings
  7. For arp settings, see below

For MIDI specs see Mininova Manual and Circuit Tracks Manual (link as of April 2021).

Getting the arpeggiator to work

As soon as the Mininova was setup correctly, I tried to experiment with bass sounds and leads – which worked perfectly well out of the box. As the Mininova has some nice arppegiator sounds and the Circuit Tracks doesn’t come with an arp feature itself, I then tried some arp pads – and ran into a problem: I could trigger the sound without a glitch, but it wouldn’t arp. No matter if I programmed in a chord or hit the Circuit Tracks pads, I could only get one note out at a time.

I turned pages in both manuals to no avail until I found the setting „Arp MIDI“ (which I still can’t find properly described in the Mininova manual, unfortunately) by flipping through the Mininova Menu. This setting has to be set to „MIDI->Arp“ from the default „Arp->MIDI“ – and the arpeggiator can successfully be triggered by notes played on the Circuit Tracks.


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