MATRIXSYNTH: Exploring clocks, loops and chaos with Rung Divisions from Fancyyyyy Synthesis

Sunday, January 07, 2024

Exploring clocks, loops and chaos with Rung Divisions from Fancyyyyy Synthesis

video upload by Tom Churchill

"This video is about Rung Divisions, by Fancyyyyy Synthesis. It’s one of the most inspiring modules I’ve used recently, but it’s also quite a hard one to sum up in one sentence.

It has two main components. The first is a clock divider which outputs pulses that you can combine in two buses to create polyrhythmic patterns. That drives a universal shift register which outputs pseudo-random, chaotic or looping stepped voltage patterns. It’s an evolution of Rob Hordijk’s Rungler circuit, which is at the heart of the Benjolin synth. And there are dozens of interesting musical applications for it - a few of which I explore here.

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NB: Fancyyyyy Synthesis sent me this unit to check out, but I don’t get any other sort of payment. This is a demo, not a review, and this channel is a hobby, not a job, so I only showcase things that I’m genuinely enthused about.

More stuff from me:

00:00 Intro and patch previews
02:46 Rung Divisions overview
05:54 Drum trigger sequencing
09:54 Melodies from pulse divisions
14:14 Shift register sequencing
20:15 2-channel pitch sequencing
24:00 Patching a voltage-controlled clock divider
27:42 Shift register as a VCO
30:22 Rungling for chaotic sequencing"

​Rung Divisions combines a universal shift register, a “divide by n” pulse divider, analogue noise, and several logic and binary operations. These functions synthesise an array of predictable and unpredictable digital signals at arbitrary time scale.

Rung Divisions’ primary use is as a complex polyrhythmic gate generator that drives a chaotic / pseudo random / looping stepped cv pattern generator, with voltage control over the pattern “direction”, length, and chance of the pattern looping. The combination of these features can be used to generate auditory illusions similar to a stroboscopic effect – like the visual aliasing of a wheel that appears to stand still and reverse direction at speed. Rung Divisions is built with solid state & discrete logic blocks to work at frequencies between 0–40kHz. The module is designed to drive multiple voices with gate patterns and CV, or to generate audio rate mayhem - these functions can be combined through patching with other modules that can take input signals over a wide frequency range. ​

Rung Divisions behaves in many surprising ways with feedback and self patching - the module has propagation delay compensation to allow for all outputs to be used in feedback loops.

Polyrhythmic Clock Divider
Random / Looping Sequencer
Chaotic Stepped Signal Generator
35mm deep
+12V 58mA
-12V 42mA

Complete redesign of the 2018 module, building on the original features in multiple ways:
Universal shift register - can shift data in two directions​
Dual gate bus with three position switches
CV over pattern length, shift direction and chance of loop
Analogue noise output
Clock pulse width affects all outputs
1-bit, 3-bit and 8-bit data encodings
All solid state and discrete logic, runs at wide bandwidth
Expander ports for upcoming dual oscillator, cv addressable clock divider, bit sieve and random voltage sources

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