The Clock module typically is used to step a sequencer with its pulse output signal. It can also be used as an external pulse divider.
What sets this module apart from a typical LFO or oscillator is the
ability to divide the clock into standardized music note durations
Example Division Tables
The clock module uses ROM data tables which are programmed
to divide the master clock pulse by 1/16th, 1/8th, 1/4 notes etc.
There are 8 tables to choose from. Some are simple divide by 2 and 4
And some have triplets and syncopated values.
It works very much like a pulse divider or divide by N module
but with the added ability to select the range of divisions available.
A typical divide by N module will divide from 1 to 60.
Dividing by 19 or 41 etc. are fun but sometimes you just want to
divide by standard note values. The Clock 53B makes this an easier task by connecting an output row from the sequencer to voltage control the step duration of the clock.
Example: step one can be a 1/4 note, step 2 an 1/8th, step
three a 1/16th etc. Odd number divisions are also available in
some of the tables for dividing by 5,7,9 etc.
Being able to select or filter the range of division values is
unique as it makes it possible to 'play' the sequencer, changing
step durations on the fly. In some of the simpler division tables like table 4 with only 4 choices, it is very easy to position the controlling step sliders as only 4 positions are needed to cover the range, effectively reducing the resolution of the slider to 4 steps.