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Castor & Pollux

Castor & Pollux  ·  Source: Winterbloom

Castor & Pollux

Castor & Pollux  ·  Source: Winterbloom

Castor & Pollux

Castor & Pollux  ·  Source: Winterbloom

A mythologically heavy module featuring two Juno inspired and differently fathered digitally controlled analogue oscillators with an open-source firmware and ancient symbols dressed in an intriguing starfield of possibility.

Castor & Pollux

Interesting name. Weren’t they the twin half-brothers of Zeus and Tyndareus born to Leda the Spartan Queen and a rare example of heteropaternal superfecundation (look it up)? Whereas Juno is the wife of Jupiter and mother of Mars so maybe there’s a bit of Greek and Roman mixing going on in the intention behind this curious oscillator. Curious only in that it looks very different to your usual oscillator but offers some very sought after tones and a potentially fascinating back story.

The module is inspired by the Roland Juno polysynth and includes a similar LFO based chorusing. Each oscillator has individual outputs for ramp and pulse waveforms plus a sub for each. When you include the two mixers and a crossfader you have a total of 9 outputs. You can address the independently or if Pollus isn’t receiving any CV it will follow Castor in a dual oscillator mode and you can Hard Sync them.

The firmware is open-source (written in C) that works with a completely open-source toolchain (gcc arm). You can adjust to re-write the firmware and upload it via USB.

Here it is in action – give it a second to get going and then it gets really interesting. Looking forward to hearing more.

 

Caster & Pollux is a fascinating looking module with an interesting configuration and convincing sound. Preorders open at the end of October.

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