Just in time for all of us to retreat into a bunker and cut ourselves off from the world — erm, uh, I mean just in case you don’t have an Internet connection in your studio, now Novation’s Web-based editor for Circuit works offline.

We’ve waxed rhapsodic about the Circuit Components before – as it turns Novation’s simple, cute, cheap, lovely drum machine into a more customizable tool. You can load samples, save presets, and make backups quickly and easily. But there’s been one very annoying inconvenience: you need to run the tool in your browser, and you need to login with an Internet connection.

Now, there’s a standalone version for Mac and Windows. Once you’ve downloaded it, you can do all the things the Web editor does, but offline. There’s also a new option for saving locally to your desktop, among a number of other nice little tweaks. If you do have an online connection, you can still use that for sharing and cloud backup, but you’re not out of luck when you’re on tour or in a disconnected studio.

Obligatory promo video, because you need them.

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While you’re in your Novation login, you’ll also want to check inside Circuit Components to download this excellent sample pack from the incomparable Shawn Rudiman.

Shawn Rudiman’s Post-Industrial Punch [Novation // Notes – Medium]

This is, by the way, something we’re exploring for the future with our own open source MeeBlip Web editor. It’s definitely possible to use the same Web technologies and produce something that works offline. In fact, it works well enough that this may well be the future for this kind of app. Watch this space.