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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The .invalid
March 27, 2011 @ 10:50 am
Got my Z1 yesterday after lusting after one for a year or two. Not the most well-preserved specimen (wonky key, noisy volume control, slightly bent knob), but the sound and the playability of this beast speak for themselves. Rather daunting to program as there's a huge amount of options to take in, but the LCD readout makes this a pretty enjoyable process. Doubtless I'll be spending the next few months delving into this machine's capabilities. £360 very well spent!
stealth bopper
March 8, 2011 @ 5:56 am
@ benny harris - the Z1 has a range of interesting percussive presets and you can programme / synthesize drum sounds. The arpeggiator can be used to create beats and rhythmic patterns but it excels at realtime control of these, using the XY pads and filter / ADSR controls
March 4, 2011 @ 10:39 pm
I love my Z1 :) Had it 6 months now, and haven't scratched the surface of it as I'm still not fluent in programming it yet. It's kind of true what some people say about it being difficult, but that's probably because I'm used to stuff like the SH101 or JP8000. This is a different beast. The screen size helps, but I still find the menu layout a bit confusing sometimes. Amazing sound though, definitely makes it worth persevering with. I wish the cards were easier to find over here (U.K) without messing around with adapters and so on. All in all though, a fantastic beast of a synth.
February 22, 2011 @ 2:13 am
And in other news: the Korg Kronos appears to be an updated Z1. Read SOS's review of the Z1 and tell me I'm far wrong. That's all I have to say about that.
February 21, 2011 @ 8:30 pm
So, my Triton Rack with the EXB-MOSS card has the same two oscillators and voice path as this Z1, plus all the equipment found in a Triton. Can my rack unit duplicate all the capability of the Z1? Or are there limitations to the MOSS card? I can't find enough info on line about major differences.
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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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