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Tektronix type 106 square-wave generator- anyone know-

Postby Tiger Jackson » Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:19 am

anything about this?

http://www.quickstopauctions.com/pictur ... 0619/2.jpg

There's this shop around me that collects & sells a bunch of random, old looking electronics inluding oscilliscopes and such. But this thing got me curious.. it's obviously something that came WAY before me (born in 90's), looks like it takes inputs that don't even exist anymore (?). But before they had full complete synthesizers, they had these seperate tone generators like this? Worth anything?
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Re: Tektronix type 106 square-wave generator- anyone know-

Postby garranimal » Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:28 am

Tektronix is a maker of good quality electronics testing equipment. The square wave generator is typically used in troubleshooting to inject a signal into a malfunctioning device to uncover where signal losses occur with the use of an oscilloscope. The outputs are simple probe style connectors that are still available wherever testing equipment is sold. I'm not familiar with this exact device, if it does emit a signal in the audio range then it may be used for audio experimentation purposes although the signal may need amplification.

If you want to experiment with things of this nature I would recommend a general signal generator that can emit various kinds of waves. When learning about electronics, a common student project is to build your own from various schematics available out there in used textbooks.
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Re: Tektronix type 106 square-wave generator- anyone know-

Postby madtheory » Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:15 pm

garranimal is right. It looks late seventies/ early eighties. This would be used to test digital circuits. So it doesn't predate synthesizers. So this would would not be much use for music. General purpose "signal generators" as they are called, can be fun for sound effects. Get one with a vernier dial for frequency, and as garranimal says, one that can generate a range of wave shapes.
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Re: Tektronix type 106 square-wave generator- anyone know-

Postby garranimal » Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:08 pm

I've also heard these multi-wave devices called function generators. Also, a simple signal generator can be built from a ready made kit available at hobby stores and radio shack here in the US. For getting started in electronics it takes the headache out of sourcing all the individual components.

If you want to get serious with experimenting with circuits the Knight electronics mini-lab has a built-in function generator and can be had on ebay less than $100. I found mine in a pawn shop for $25.
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Re: Tektronix type 106 square-wave generator- anyone know-

Postby cornutt » Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:48 pm

I have a function generator; it's a Hewlett-Packard but I don't recall the model number off hand. It can generate square/pulse, tri/sawtooth, and sine outputs from sub-audio frequencies up into the low megahertz. The real fun comes with the modulation inputs -- you can make it do AM, sync, and various forms of frequency sweeps under control of a built-in LFO or an external voltage. (There's an FM input too, but it can only modulate about plus/minus 10%, so not much fun for audio purposes.)

I see function generators on eBay for $300-500 US, depending on model and condition.
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Re: Tektronix type 106 square-wave generator- anyone know-

Postby Bitexion » Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:07 pm

I've heard about these multi-wave signal generators called...synthesizers. You can even choose the pitch via voltage control!
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Re: Tektronix type 106 square-wave generator- anyone know-

Postby meatballfulton » Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:17 am

Signal generators that go into the MHz are meant for testing radio gear, not audio gear. That's why you see the AM and FM features.

The photo of that Tek 106 has antenna connectors on it!
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Re: Tektronix type 106 square-wave generator- anyone know-

Postby schmidtc » Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:33 am

This is the Tektronix version of the Roland Juno 106. It will need all six voice chips replaced.
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Re: Tektronix type 106 square-wave generator- anyone know-

Postby cornutt » Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:03 am

Bitexion wrote:I've heard about these multi-wave signal generators called...synthesizers. You can even choose the pitch via voltage control!


I've never heard of such a thing. Next you'll be telling me that they have filters and stuff.
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Re: Tektronix type 106 square-wave generator- anyone know-

Postby Bitexion » Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:02 pm

meatballfulton wrote:Signal generators that go into the MHz are meant for testing radio gear, not audio gear. That's why you see the AM and FM features.

The photo of that Tek 106 has antenna connectors on it!


Indeed, AM and FM modulation is the basis for radio transmission since the beginning of radio.
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Re: Tektronix type 106 square-wave generator- anyone know-

Postby HideawayStudio » Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:33 pm

schmidtc wrote:This is the Tektronix version of the Roland Juno 106. It will need all six voice chips replaced.


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Re: Tektronix type 106 square-wave generator- anyone know-

Postby madtheory » Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:50 pm

That's really quite beautiful inside. There's about four 545Bs at work, gathering dust in a lab along with valve testers and vintage signal generators. A bygone age. The older analogue scopes are much better for teaching purposes than modern storage/ PC based types. Just like with synths, it's because there's a physical switch or dial for every function- no menu diving.

I think there are plenty of beautifully done modern surface mount designs as well though.
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Re: Tektronix type 106 square-wave generator- anyone know-

Postby schmidtc » Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:08 pm

I used to have that same scope, loved the orange glow. Using 7000 series now, and still hunting for a cheap audio band spectrum analyzer plug in for it to no avail.
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