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Analogue Solutions | Black Coffee (Phobos)


The Black Coffee system is a small monosynth. Through the use of routing through 6 switches and 10 pots, an wide variety of sounds can be produced. 

MIDI allows you to play the black coffee from a MIDI keyboard or sequencer. MIDI channel can be selected and you get control of pitch, gate (note on/off), filter cut-off control (via MIDI controller 1/mod wheel), TB303 style `Slide' on/off (activated by overlapping notes) and Accent on/off (a velocity of over 64 will briefly increase the filter cut-off).

There are three parts to this system: the actual black coffee module, the case (part number AS0018) and the MIDI to CV converter (MCV). All 3 parts together are called the black coffee system. Parts can be bought separately to allow choice of units you need for your requirement.

The black coffee module will fit into a Concussor, Integrator and A100 modular system rack so can be integrated and used with a modular synth system. When housed in the AS0018 case, it becomes a totally self-contained analogue monosynth. Add the MCV it now becomes a MIDI analogue synth!

The black coffee uses true analogue voice circuitry for a fat and warm sound. By switching the VCA to `THRU' the unit can be used as a versatile analogue effects unit for guitarist and vocalists.

BrandAnalogue Solutions
ModelBlack Coffee (Phobos)
Engine TypeAnalog
Voices (max)1
LFO1 Square, Triangle
Engine Detailed1 VC) Saw Down, Square, White Noise
Filter (VCF)24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
Envelope (VCA)ADSR
Key typeN/A
AudioMono out
CV-gateCV I-O Gate in
Extra infoMidi to CV
Produced:2001 - 2001
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.


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