Olegtron 4060E + X expander module


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Olegtron 4060E + X expander module

12 HP Eurorack version of Olegtron 4060 MK2  – plus an X expander module giving 10 separate jacks to all DIVIDER signals.

See Olegtron 4060 MK2 product page for full details.


So, what is Olegtron 4060E? It’s a compact oscillator / frequency divider Eurorack module capable of creating signals and sequences through a revolutionary programming method: sticking electronic components to it’s patchboard! The device can be used as a standalone sound generator or as a control voltage (CV) signal generator to a wide variety of machines, such as modular synthesizers. When used as a CV-generator 4060E can easily deliver complex results that would normally need a large system.

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 electronic components helps you get the idea 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, a “chip”. 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 frequency divider, that outputs 10 different subfrequencies.

Olegtron 4060 is based on an RC-oscillator example from the CD4060 datasheet, with the addition of a current limiting potentiometer that kind of simulates a weak battery. The rest is mostly user interface design, highlighting of course the innovative patchboard that makes a good playground for experimenting.

Olegtron 4060E is 12hp wide. It ships with a bag of components to get started with. All you need is to plug it into a standard Eurorack power supply, and start patching components into the patchboard and patch within your existing modular system. In order to protect your ears (with headphones) and close relationships (with loud speakers) please always start your experiments with amplifiers and gain controls set to the minimum!

Olegtron 4060E Introduction and component set (pdf)