For the average Minecraft player, the art of Redstone is shrouded in mystery. It’s just too technical, sciencey, nerdy, and overall requires a great deal of some serious knowledge to pull off and make work. It’s easy to copy someone’s work, but creating something on your own using Redstone is no easy task. For people that truly want to learn, one of the essential things is understanding redstone pulses and how you can manipulate them to be faster or slower. So, how can you make an extremely rapid redstone pulse in Minecraft but make it easy?
The method to make an extremely rapid redstone pulse that uses the least amount of resources is the one where you grab two observers and make them face each other. This already creates a rapid redstone pulse, as is visible from the red dot on the observer. You can then extend the range by placing redstone dust next to them.
The method used below might work for some, while others might be looking to create a rapid redstone pulse in different ways. You might want to do a few tests to see which one feels best and works the best for your specific build and redstone contraption. Still, before I get into that, I also want to explain what pulses are and how you can apply the knowledge practically in the rest of this article.
What a rapid redstone pulse is
As the name suggests, a rapid redstone pulse is a fast signal sent to a mechanism that works on its own. In simple terms, a redstone pulse is a power that can be sent to various mechanisms.
Redstone pulses can be manipulated to move faster but can also be delayed through repeaters or other Redstone tools. There are various reasons why someone might want to generate a rapid redstone pulse, but more on that later.
The typical speed of a redstone pulse
There’s no set speed for a Redstone pulse. You can manipulate it to go faster or slower, depending on what you’re building towards. The pulse usually does happen instantly, but some may perceive it as slow because of delays in the output that can happen due to the mechanics of various redstone components.
One good example is a redstone torch that, when turned on or off, has a delay called torch delay or torch burnout. The pulse is slow because of the torch. Logically, the pulse could be faster if we just combine the right components to make it faster.
A popular terminology used among redstoners for fast pulses is to refer to them as 3-tick, 2-tick, 1-tick pulses, etc… Ticks are Minecraft’s measure of time, and one tick is 1/20th of a second long. So, if you were to create a 3-tick pulse, it would mean that it’s 3/20th of a second long, making it extremely fast.
Of course, for longer pulses, standard measurements of time are used. We want to manipulate pulse length in the case of our rapid redstone pulse. Before I get into the numerous ways you can create a rapid redstone pulse easily, let’s see the practical applications of a rapid stone pulse.
Practical applications of rapid redstone pulses
Before getting into this, I want to point out that these are just a few practical applications, and only your imagination can stop you from finding other uses for rapid Redstone pulses. For Redstone noobs like myself, though, these are a great way to start exploring and learning more about redstoning. It’ll give you a general idea of what is possible in the world of redstoning, but making these things will be no easy task if you don’t know what you’re doing.
One point of fascination among redstoners are doors that open automatically in various sequences. Vault doors are a popular choice, and the goal is to fit the least amount of Redstone components into the door to make them open as fast as possible and in a constant rhythm. Apart from doors, other redstone contraptions that benefit from using rapid redstone pulses are elevators, traps, and so much more.
Pistons are a Redstone component activated through pulses. The faster the pulse, the quicker the piston system activates. Piston doors are another common contraption with rapid redstone pulses, automated farms, and hidden entrances.
Dispensers and droppers are commonly used for dispensing and sorting items, where a rapid redstone pulse would greatly help. Other contraptions you can use them for are farms, transport, or trap mechanisms.
By creating a raid redstone pulse and utilizing the power of repeaters to extend the range, you can activate redstone contraptions from far away or use the rapid pulse for command blocks to create complex systems for minigames, adventure maps, and so much more.
How to make a rapid redstone pulse five ways
Comparator redstone pulse
- For this mechanism, you’ll need a Redstone comparator, a lever, and some redstone dust.
- Place the Redstone comparator on the ground and a line of Redstone where there are two torches.
- Right-click on the comparator and then put the lever on the end of the Redstone line.
- Then, place two Redstone lines on the other end of the comparator and
- Then, connect the repeaters using redstone dust and another two to loop them back to the comparator.
Redstone torch pulse
- Place 2 grass blocks next to each other and another two on top.
- Then, place another two on either side of the top one and break the first two top ones you placed.
- Place two redstone torches on the sides of the grass blocks covered by other grass blocks.
- On top of the bottom grass blocks, you’ll place Redstone lines and extend them further to the ground.
Small comparator rapid redstone pulse
- Place a Redstone comparator on the ground and a block of Redstone next to it, making sure that the block of Redstone is where there are two torches on the comparator.
- Right-click on the comparator to turn it on.
- Then, place a line of Redstone dust on the other end (where there is one torch and loop it around to come back to the comparator.
Redstone torch circuit
- Place four wool blocks on the ground to create a square shape.
- Then, grab four redstone torches and place each one on one of the wool blocks
- Place 4 Redstone on top of the wool blocks and extend the lines to the ground by two so the redstone dust is right next to the torch.
Small comparator redstone pulser
- Grab a Redstone comparator and a Redstone torch, and place the comparator on the ground.
- Next, place the Redstone torch next to it, making sure the two comparator torches are next to it.
- Right-click the comparator to turn it on.
- On the opposite side, place a line of Redstone dust and loop it around to connect to the comparator again.