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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87 Visitor comments
May 23, 2011 @ 10:19 pm
Be careful getting a lower serial number Z1. They were know for transmitting all midi messages at once causing it not to function I.E. send and receive midi. I have to get a new mainboard or a whole other Z1 for harvesting.
May 20, 2011 @ 10:59 am
I picked up my Z1 last weekend and am very positively impressed with it. A 16MB memory card in a PCMCIA adapter seems to work fine for patch storage, and it is really nice to not have to overwrite the factory patches. Now I need to find a supply of cheap MB-class memory cards.

One of the persistent complaints about the Z1 is that it is hard to use and program. I think this misconception comes from people who ultimately end up happy with Tritons, Fantoms, or Motifs. I find that it is easier to get at the exotic synthesis options on the Z1 than on a Virus.
April 27, 2011 @ 4:27 pm
I bought my z1 when it first came out. It is a great machine, and its good to see people enjoying them.
I am v pleased with mine.I have owned many synths since the early 80's .This is a great piece of kit (except for very occasional clipping sound!!)
Angels In Bondage
April 1, 2011 @ 8:04 am
@gridsleep: The MOSS board is only 6 voices and the Trinity version of the board i believe is just a monophonic module (could be wrong but im pretty sure).
Anyways Korg Z1 is a beast of a synth, takes forever to program but it is very rewarding once you get something out of it - i am pretty sure Frontline Assembly's implode album is a good 33% Korg Prophecy/Z1.

The only bad characteristic for this synth to me is the horrible aliasing it does especially on the high end notes.

Great for Bass/Leads.
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!
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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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