As a note to myself and for future reference:
- 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)
- Connect via MIDI cable (e.g. Mininova MIDI In <-> Circuit MIDI Out)
- 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.
- 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)
- Make sure Circuit has all MIDI channels activated and properly set, see manual p. 103f
- Set the clock correctly: „ClkSource MIDI“ or „ClkSource Auto“ in Mininova settings
- For arp settings, see below
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.