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Our Sputnik Modular Selector giveaway is counting down! Today, we’re bringing you one more Selector tutorial video, this time featuring the 4MS Rotating Clock Divider as its dance partner. The Selector has served many purposes for us so far, including switching between Sputnik 5 (or 16) Step sequences and cycling through wave forms from a complex oscillator to generate interesting wave shapes. For this video however, the Selector is going to be hopping between clock tempos and then routing the resulting clock to a drum module or Envelope.

The Rotating Clock Divider is a handy module, receiving a clock trigger source and sending a resulting division of pulses or gates out of the corresponding /1 through /8 outputs. The /1 output mirrors the input clock, generating a pulse for every trigger received at the input. The /2 output sends a pulse for every two triggers, /3 for every 3, and so on up to one pulse for every 8 triggers.


This kind of device is extremely handy for controlling multiple devices in a modular system in time together, while maintaining some variation. Coupled with a sequential switch like the Selector, we can start to generate combinations of the divided clock tempos, and send them on to a destination. In this example, the Selector switches inputs and sends the resulting clock pulses to the Noise Engineering Basimilus Iteritas.

The Selector gives us the options of how many inputs to receive as well as the direction of the input switching (Up, Down, Random or Pendulum). Of course, this could just as easily be applied to a Clock Multiplier as well, or a more complex clock source, perhaps the 4MS Quad Clock Distributor. The resulting rhythms can be used in many ways, perhaps to drive a complex hihat pattern, or to generate unique sequencer timing. The Selector pairs well with many other modules, but this one is particularly fun.

What clock sources would you use with the Selector? Let us know in the comments!

Want to know more about Clocks and Drum Modules? Check out our Modular 101 Course!


Edit: Incorrectly labeled the 4ms Quad Clock Distributor as “Quantizing Clock Distributor”. Fixed!

Clock Your Selector

2 thoughts on “Clock Your Selector

  • October 20, 2015 at 8:49 am

    QCD = Quad Clock Distributor!


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