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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86 Visitor comments
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.
benny harris
January 26, 2011 @ 9:41 pm
Can the Korg Z1 do drums arp patterns or provide a 'beat' of any kind?
December 31, 2010 @ 4:23 pm
audioblue: for those who demanded the Z1 have less instrumentation and more discotequity (sorry, my word, I think I just invented it), I can only say of those people, "Let them eat Casio."
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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
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Perfect Circuit Audio.

    Thanks to Jason Clubb and Scott Denison for providing information.

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