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
August 10, 2011 @ 11:27 pm
Bill- There was two different operating systems on these. The ones with 1.0 have midi and slow patch change you want to find one with 1.1. There is a way to boot it up to show the o/s version hold enter and either 1 thru 9 not sure what combo as I don't have one right now, but you will find that way.
bill robin
August 5, 2011 @ 9:02 am
Dave - You mentioned lower serial numbers exhibit MIDI problems, do you (or anyone else) know from what number this is no longer an issue? I am looking to buy one now and obviously don't want to get a dodgy one! Thanks.
Maxim Korobov
July 19, 2011 @ 5:15 pm
Stephen, I have 2 PCMCIA cards for Z1 with 25 banks, most of them were downloaded from yahoo groups. You could try these patches, some of them are totally amazing and beat even Komplete 7 sometimes.
June 25, 2011 @ 8:51 am
I bought mine when it first came out and it's still my favorite synth. I remember rocking out in the store to Multi A00 Technotonic, trying a few more patches and falling in love. The modeling engine is great. Great anaologs, fantastic basses, vintage organs & keys, expressive synth saxes. Love the real-time controls.

I had always hoped to see lots of patch libraries for it, like with M1, but it didn't seem to be out long enough for critical mass. I always wondered what happened.

I tried a Kronos last night. Very cool, hints of Z1 in there, but I'lll never forget my first love!
June 16, 2011 @ 9:18 pm
"Could this be Korgs Masterpiece"?

Yea, because if this isn't a masterpiece, then Korg has no masterpieces? And if Korg doesn't have masterpieces, then who does?

Little wonder though from a website that rates the Alesis micron and Microkorg above Korg M1.
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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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