Euclidean Rhythms in VCV Rack

Hey guys, today I want to show you 2 modules
you can use for adding some euclidean magic to your patches. Both of them are available for free, and they
are really fun, so let’s start. Ok, so first of all, what is a euclidean rhythm. In a euclidean rhythm the notes will be distributed
as evenly as possible through the sequence. So if we have for example a 4 step sequence,
and we add 2 notes to this sequence, they will appear on the 1st and the 3rd steps,
or on the 2nd and the 4th. Now, things will start to get interesting
when the length of the sequence and the number of notes in the sequence are not even, so
for example when we have 5 notes in a 9 step sequence. So let’s dive right in with the first module,
and see how something like this will sound like. So the first module we will use is SNS from
Southpole and let’s first have a look with what we are
dealing with we have 3 knobs at the top with the fill knob we can change the number
of notes in the sequence with the
step knob we can change the number of steps and with the rotation knob we can rotate the
sequence and get even more variation we also have the pad knob, which will add
silent steps and we can also add accents by using the accent
knob and rotate the accent with the accent rotation
knob we also have cv inputs for all 6 knobs, which
is really nice and we can also chain a few modules together by connecting the last two
outputs to the next module we have also different modes in the right
click menu and we can also choose to output random cv
instead of triggers or gates by using the turing mode so let’s use already 3 sns modules and chain them to one another and let’s change their sequence and add some voices. So we will use 2 fm operators and basal from vult and for basal let’s use also slap as our envelope generator and vca and let’s use the gate outputs from our sequencers and activate the level envelopes of the fm
operators set a nice snappy envelope and let’s hear one by one how they sound like now, I also want a change in pitch, so let’s
use Ions and I want just that the 2 fm operators will
have change in pitch, so let’s run both sequences of Ions with the respective SNS modules and change the values of Ions and let’s use Erwin from the Aepelzens collection
to quantize the signals set up a scale and send ions through erwin to both fm operators and also to their feedback amount open the attenuator a bit and listen to how this sounds like ok, now let’s use another euclidean sequencer,
and this one will be from frozen wastelands and here we have 4 channels, for each channel
we can set the sequence length with the steps knob we can determine the amount of notes in each
sequence by using the division knob also here we can rotate the sequence with
the offset knob and add silent steps with the pad knob and also here we can add accents and rotate them now also here you can chain a few modules
together, but for now we will use just one, and let’s drive it with our multiplied clock and connect it to the reset of the clock and let’s add some drums, and we will start
with trummor from vult we will use the first 2 rows to drive the
kick and the hihat and send them to the mixer and see what happens now, let’s add also a snare and an open hihat
from Autodafe and use the other 2 rows to drive them what we can also do is modulate the rotation
of some of the sequences, so let’s add branes and drive it with a slower clock and let’s also change its range to 0 to positive 10
volts so we have a unipolar signal that will add only
positive voltage, and send it to some of the rotation cv inputs now, there are 2 more modules that have euclidean modes, the note
sequencer from jw and
the topograph from valley I hope you enjoyed this video, if you did
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