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Olegtron 4060 Experimental Signal Generator

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    Description
    Olegtron 4060 is a compact oscillator / divider box capable of creating unique signals and sequences through a revolutionary programming method of sticking components to it’s patchboard! The device can be used as a standalone sound generator that connects with a 3.5mm stereo jack output or to send complex control signals to a wide variety of machines.

    ​Learning the 4060 is easy, but there is a lot to master. Using it doesn’t require any previous electronics skills, but experimenting with different components helps you get the idea of how they work, and your programming can become more systematic. The provided resistors and small capacitors are color coded for clearness.

    ​The name of the device comes from CD4060, which is an integrated circuit, or chip if you may. It belongs to a series of CMOS logic chips called 4000B and interfaces with other chips of the series seamlessly. The series dates back to the sixties, but is still relevant in sound electronics and DIY. The CD4060 contains an oscillator with adjustable frequency and a divider, that outputs 10 different subfrequencies.

    ​Olegtron 4060 is based on an RC-oscillator example from CD4060 datasheet, with the addition of a current limiting "starve"-potentiometer known from the world of circuit bending. The rest is just user interface design, highlighting of course the innovative patchboard that makes a good platform for experimenting.

    ​The Olegtron 4060 ships with a hefty bag of components to get started with (see ´getting started´ in the pdf manual). All you need is a standard 9v battery and something that connects to a 3,5mm headphone jack.

    ​Uses

    + Stand alone sound generator: plug in to your amp or headphones (start with low volume!)

    + Synth control: send CV, clock and gate signals to your synth and from the synth to 4060!

    + Bipolar signal generator: TRS connector ground can be set to any signal (internal jumper)

    + Circuit bending: trigger toy buttons and modulate pitch with the signals

    + Electronics lab: generates 10 bits of test signal usable in various projects

    + Sound manipulation: feed amplified signals to 4060 and output them with a no-fi flavor!

    + Light sequencing: connect single- or multicolored LEDs straight or via a driver

    + Drive micro motors directly (internal 180R starve resistor must be shorted) or with a driver

    + Combine above uses and keep everything in the same fluctuating sync!


    Specifications

    + Frequency range presettable with an internal capacitor

    + 3,5mm stereo connector for inputting and outputting signals

    + Light weight but durable computer grey plastic enclosure, black on request

    + Uses one standard 9 volt battery

    + Ships with a set of basic electronic components and getting started info

    + Resistors and small capacitors are custom color coded for ease of use

    + Through hole components

    + Factory manufactured PCB

    + Carries the European Union CE-marking

    + RoHS compliant


    ​7-bit Saw

    Since march 2016 all Olegtron 4060 units have shipped with a plug-in module called ”7-bit Saw”. The plug-in module works as a D/A converter, turning 7 of the highest frequencies of 4060 into a stepped (128 steps) sawtooth waveform. The module gives you another timbre, but makes getting started easier too: you don't have to patch any components to get a sound out!

    ​All you have to do is plug the module in and the sawtooth is output straight to the TIP of 4060's TRS-connector. Just connect a normal 3,5mm mono patch cord and get the signal to your system with unprecedented ease! If you use a stereo cable, you can patch another signal, input or output, to the RING, as you would normally do with the 4060.

    ​Patching the 4060 with electronic components works pretty much the same as normally. Adding components causes fluctuation in the waveform, but instead of squarewave, the basic waveform is sawtooth. If you want low frequencies, like a rising CV-sequence, place a small capacitor between OSC: CAP and COM. The pictures below illustrate the waveform with and without components.
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    Architecture
    Type: Analog
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: 1
    Waveforms: Saw Up
    Osc Modulation: Input, Knob
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 1
    Timbrality: 1
    Tuning: Atonal
    Modes: Mono
    Sequencer
    Light sequencing: connect single- or multicolored LEDs straight or via a driver.
    Chips and Operating System
    Texas Instruments CD4060 CMOS chip.
    Case
    Case: Desktop
    Controls: Knobs, Switches, Modulation Pin Matrix, Sequencer
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/8" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    Audio Output Count: 1
    CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT
    Power: 9V Battery
    Production
    Year Released: 2017
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] www.olegtron.com
    Pricing
    Retail Street Price: $149 - convert
    Shopping
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