Korg Z1

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The Z1 is like a polyphonic Prophecy housed in a full sized and featured Trinity workstation-like casing! It does all the analog sounds and more. This is a great analog modeling synth with 12-voice polyphony, thirteen waveforms, four LFOs, two resonant filters, two effects units and more. The ability to create unique sounds is endless. The factory patches could use some help, but overall the sound is very nice! It has a fully polyphonic arpeggiator that blows all others away. It has five preset arpeggio patterns and fifteen user patterns. Unfortunately there is no on-board sequencer. There is incredible real-time control available with knobs to control the two resonant filters, and a touch controlled 'XY' pad for tweaking patches in real-time. The Z1 is used by KMFDM, Gary Numan, LTJ Bukem and Orbital.

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88 Visitor comments
July 15, 2014 @ 8:46 am
Just picked one up for £275 - Very good condition (once I'd cleaned it up!!!).

I've wanted one for years to compliment my Kronos (I've no idea why Korg dropped modelling before the Oasys came out, maybe not enough processing power?).

Great programmers synth - very surprised that the Analogue modelling Sub-osc is independently tunable... nice :)

I use it with Midiquest, so programming is much, much easier. Beautiful lush strings, hard and realistic brass, great basses and searing leads and some of the most playable saxes I've used on a synth.

It's a keeper.
bobby h.
April 22, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Peter Gabriel uses a Z1.
March 14, 2014 @ 3:05 am
The Z-1 sounds a lot cleaner than the EXB-MOSS, which sounds a bit more lo-fi. This can be a good thing, depending on what sound you're trying to get. I'd like to know if it's possible, to somehow transfer EXB-MOSS patches to a Z-1. (short of manually editing each patch) I've seen Z-1 to EXB-MOSS conversions, but not vice versa.

PS: I HATE the captcha system here! Have to do it over & over 5 freakin' times, even though it's typed correctly.
December 11, 2013 @ 2:03 pm
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December 9, 2013 @ 3:46 am
Dimmen - Now you can download a free new patch bank for the Korg Z1:
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If anyone wants some free, cool, Z-1 sounds, just sign up for the Z-1 Yahoo! groups. There are quite a few there.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 12 voices (expandable to 18)
  • Oscillators - 2 osc (13 types including pulse, saw, tri, sine, organ, electric piano, piano, brass, reeds, strings, more) 1sub-osc, noise
  • LFO - 4 LFOs; 18 waveforms including sine, tri, saw, square, sample/hold, stepped
  • Filter - Resonant low, hi, dual band pass
  • Effects - 2 effect units with 15 effects including Reverb, Parametric EQ, chorus, phaser, flanger, rotating speaker, overdrive, auto-wah, talkbox, decimator, compressor
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch
  • Memory - 256 patches, 32 multis
  • Control - MIDI (6 parts)
  • Date Produced - 1997
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