Time Splitters are a type of module that distribute V/Bar timing signals in various musically useful ways. As well as being very useful for chaining sequencers together to form sequences longer than a single bar, for instance in an ABCD or ABCDEFGH form, they can also be used to create motif patterns such as ABAC or AAAB etc.
The Time Split 2, Time Split 4, Time Split 8 and Time Split 16 modules simply split up time into the indicated number of bars. So for instance to create a two bar long sequence a Time Split 2 module can be used to feed V/Bar signals to two sequencers.
Time Split Fills provides an easy way to create a time split when one sequence runs most of the time but another replaces it every now and then to punctuate the end of a musical phrase. For instance a kick drum pattern might repeat the same sequence for seven bars but use a variation on the eighth bar.
Time Split Binary provides timing signals that split time in two . For instance one sequence running for four bars and then another for four bars. This task can sometimes be handled more elegantly by a Song Part module but Time Split Binary offers you the flexibility to extend the range of other time splitters and divide time as needed without artificially messing with song structure.
Time Splitters can be organized in complicated hierarchies (with Song Part modules at the top) and, as their outputs are simply voltages, they can of course use Voltage Modular buses and multiple mechanisms. V/Bar outputs can also be combined – so for instance a chorus can be defined just once and be activated by combining signals from the multiple Song Part modules that represent the individual chorus instances. This works because an inactive V/Bar signal drops to zero Volts and therefore has no impact when mixed with an active V/Bar signal.
Note that time splitters will work at any speed and can also run backward, so can be useful in experimental patches, audio applications and at rates where the term “bar” simply relates to the voltage rather than the actual musical period used.
Use the Time Flow Changer module to speed up or slow down the flow of time. This module allows you to do things like slow down a Rhythm Sequencer so that it runs at two steps per bar over an 8 bar period instead of 16 steps over a single bar. Or you could perhaps drive a CV Sequencer at a rate of 16 steps per beat to create tempo-synced LFO modulations with user-programmable waveforms.