606BD 1.3 – TR-606 Bass Drum clone

This is an update of the 606 Bass Drum clone: version 1.3

Revisions

V1.2:

  • Addition of an op-amp buffer output and correction of the trigger circuit (PNP instead of NPN for Q2)

V1.3:

  • R10, R12 and C5 have been removed.
  • R22 connector has been replaced by a resistor footprint. (47k is fine).

How it works

The 606 Bass Drum uses a double Twin-T damped oscillator. Each oscillator is tuned to a different frequency. The output of each oscillator is mixed together and the “Tone” potentiometer sets the amount of signal from each oscillator to be fed to the output buffer.
The output buffer amplifies the signal to Eurorack compatible levels (+10/-10Vpp).
The input is common for both oscillators.
The input circuitry converts any Gate signal and negative excursions into Trig signal.
The Accent potentiometer and its associated input jack allow you to change the volume. If the jack connector is plugged, the potentiometer is bypassed.

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Build instructions

The build process is straightforward. I recommend to refer to the Interactive BOM (It doesn’t represent the components in a particular order though).
It is easier to start by soldering the smaller parts (diodes, resistors) first and finish with the bigger ones (capacitors, etc).
I also recommend to first tighten the jacks and the potentiometers to the front panel before soldering them.

Most of the components values are written down on the silkscreen. Those values are, to date, correct.

The resistors have no polarity to respect.
Some are mounted either horizontally or vertically. The Interactive BOM lists them separately but they are the same components, and same value.

The diodes are polarized. Please follow the silkscreen marks.
Diodes D4 and D5 can be omitted and replaced by simple jumper wires, but they help protect your module against reversed power supply.
They are mounted vertically. The cathode (the white ring) is up.

The capacitors are divided in two categories: the ceramic or “plastic” ones, which are not polarized, and the Electrolytic (or aluminum) ones, which are polarized.
C12 and C13 are aluminum caps and must be carefully oriented. Watch for the longest pin (the positive side). The white band on the capacitor body shows the negative side.

IC U1 is polarized. Pin #1 faces the front side.

The output buffer has a trimmer potentiometer (R23) for setting the output amplitude. Turn Clockwise to increase the output, CCW to decrease it. Adjust until distortion disappears (the maximum amplitude is when “Tone” potentiometer is set on middle position).

Documentation

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