This is related to the problem of ‘how do I get a sequencer to play the first step when the clock starts?’ That’s a problem I’ve always solved by not caring too much about sequencers starting any particular place
But this is a question that came up in a discussion of how to replicate Caterina Baribieri’s SOTRS sequences. The backbone of that piece is a 5 note sequence that rises in pitch, where the first note changes with each repetition. I solved that by using a @synthi “Dual Five Steps” module plus @jeremy 's JW Patterns module to do the division.
The catch with Patterns (and, as far as I know, all clock dividers) is that if you tell it to divide the clock by 5, it triggers on the 5th, 10th, 15th etc clock after reset.
It would be useful for dividers to have a ‘trigger on first clock’ mode, where divide by 5 would trigger on the 1st, 6th, 11th, 16th etc clock pulse.
This doesn’t matter in the case where you just want different clock divisors to cycle against each other and aren’t particular about how it turns out.