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Olegtron 4060 MK-2
4060 -MK-2 Experimental signal generator
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 4000Band 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.
dis is the MK2 update
- More connectors: 4 x 3,5mm TRS stereo connector for maximum of 8 signals in/out - Larger patchboard: 10 rows of patchboard instead of 4 - Changeable patchboard elements: if the patchboard becomes loose, you can change the connector elements to fresh ones - Integrated 7-bit saw generator: buffered saw and ramp outputs - Power input socket: a standard center positive barrel type power jack - Power LED to make sure you will not leave power on accidentally - Buffered virtual ground: connect this to I/O sleeve to make 4060 output signals bipolar (+/- 4,5v), and make 4060 react more easily to input of external signals too. - Trimming of the working range of FREQ-potentiometer in the front panel