I picked up a Plog module last week (a supposedly brand new one), and it’s working as expected except for one strange behavior that is making it difficult to use the toggle flip-flop and the data flip-flop at the same time.
I am trying to make a random gate by sending a clock signal to the clock input and random S&H signal to the data input. When I do this, it acts like the data input is normalled to the toggle input and causes the toggle to start flipping on and off. But it’s not just normalled: It happens even when something is plugged into the toggle input. So I can no longer use it like a toggle (at least not a toggle that I control via its input). Additionally, once this happens, if I unplug everything, sometimes the toggle is now in clock mode and continues to toggle on and off at regular intervals.
I can’t imagine this is the expected behavior, but I’m wondering if any other Plog owners have experienced anything like this?
I was looking at the jumpers on the back of the module and there are 3 pins (two positions) for the toggle input normal: Out B and N/A. There are no jumper cables on the back of my module, so I tried adding one to the N/A pins for the toggle normal, hoping this would disable any normals to that input, but it did not have an effect.
I spent a while investigating and determined this is happening because the data signal (the S&H signal) is bipolar. If I use an attenuator and offset signal to put that S&H signal in approx the 0V - 8V range, then everything seems to work as expected.
As an experiment I have a Duatt plugged into the data input. The Duatt has no input so it’s sending constant voltage. In unipolar mode, everything works as expected and does not affect the toggle. In bipolar mode, quickly turning the Duatt knob into the negative and back will trigger the toggle. This happens even with no clock input. If I turn the Duatt knob into the negative for about 1 seecond, the toggle goes into clock mode. Another strange detail is this doesn’t happen if I turn the knob very slowly. So it’s like there’s some “sharp edge trigger” detection happening.
In other words, it appears sending negative voltages to the data input acts like a toggle button press. Why is the data input even influencing the toggle? Is this by design or is my module somehow unintentionally “bleeding” signal between inputs? Why only negative voltages?
I guess I can be careful about sending negative voltages, but that’s not something I want to worry about and would like to disable this behavior if possible.