The Stoel Music Systems Clock Divider divides incoming clock signals into slower ones. The input accepts a clock input, such as a MIDI sync clock, a gate signal, or a square wave LFO. The first output (/2) has half the speed of the input. The remaining outputs (/4 to /64) are each half the rate of the previous stage. In addition, each output features an LED to indicate if the corresponding output is high (on) or low (off). The reset jack sets all the output jacks off and restarts the counting process.
For example, on the divided outputs, a 128-beats-per-minute clock would be output at 64, 32, 16, 8, 4, and 2 beats per minute. This module is excellent for triggering percussion and noise sweeps. It can also be used for adding unpredictability and creating generative music.
All Stoel Music Systems modules feature aluminum front panels with a durable high-gloss white finish. For a crisp appearance and exceptional durability, the front panel markings are digitally printed at high-resolution with UV-cured ink. Mounting holes are plated to significantly reduce screw rash. The power connection features polarity protection to prevent accidental damage to the module if it is connected backward.
Each module includes a 12” long 10-pin to 16-pin ribbon cable compatible with the Eurorack standard, M3 mounting screws, and a complimentary sticker.
A clock divider is a module that takes an input clock signal and divides it into smaller subdivisions. This can be useful for creating complex rhythmic patterns or synchronizing different parts of a modular system. In addition, clock dividers are a staple of generative music, and it never hurts to have more than one.
There are a few different ways to drive the input of a clock divider. The most common is to use a clock signal generated by a MIDI module, sequencer, or drum machine. Sources of randomness, logic modules, or comparators could also drive it.
Musically speaking, clock dividers can be used to create complex rhythmic patterns and syncopations. They can also be used to create polyrhythms, where different parts of a modular system are running at different rates. Additionally, clock dividers can be used to create exciting modulation effects by using CV signals to modulate the clock rate.
Clock dividers can be exploited in various ways. Sending the outputs to different filters or oscillator CV inputs can create exciting rhythmic texture. For example, try sending one clock divider output to an oscillator PWM input, another to a filter resonance CV input, and another to an LFO rate. As the sequence progresses, all of these other modules will change. It can be subtle or dramatic. Clock dividers can create complex rhythmic patterns and interesting modulation effects with this technique.
Additionally, clock dividers can be used with other modules, such as logic modules, envelopes, sequencers, or trigger delays to create more complex patterns and rhythms. The slower outputs can help define a musical structure, like adding a noise sweep every 8 or 16 measures or shifting an oscillator up or down an octave.
In conclusion, the clock divider is a practical module, not just for triggering repetitive drums but for adding a source of texture throughout a patch and musical structure throughout a composition.
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