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
April 29, 2012 @ 8:31 pm
Does it worth to get de 18 voices expansion (DSPB-Z1)?
My serial no. is 1282353335
January 16, 2012 @ 9:54 pm
Owned both a prophecy & a z1. Sold the prophecy and kept the Z. No regrets. Moss with multi-timbrality, xy-pad, lots of encoders, more instant arp edits, large screen & 61 keys. Easy decision. Deep basses, nice leads, but most of all the pads are sublime, & in comparison to a Wavestation, k5000s, DX7, Nord Modular it holds it's own very well. I am missing some of the encoder caps so if anyone knows where to get them please let me know.
January 16, 2012 @ 10:28 am
I'm a proud Z1 user - fantastic synth, with a super ARP and a great range of sounds from aciddy analogue basses to sparkly leads. Little tip for Z1 users that I've just stumbled upon on the 'net - to speed up program changes, go into MIDI and change SysExXmit to NO. Really helps.
December 26, 2011 @ 6:33 pm
It's quite astonishing synth even those days, one of dissapointment I found is that ARP is out of sync.Touchpad makes great effects with both OSC on,although Z1 has a bit metalic sound, most of it can be repaired with equalizer on mixing board.
Previous posts: Trinity had two boards, ordinary MOSS and TRI-MOSS which came with V3 OS and is complete Z1 without ARP (so what use).

I owe 01Wfd, Pa2X, Z1, Trinity (V3) and Triton Extreme. Considering all synths, Triton is off course best of the best and last good Korg (Chronos total fail), Pa2X is other type of instrument, but Z1 is very unique!
October 13, 2011 @ 4:57 pm
Planet Funk have used a Z1 in their album "Non zero sumness"
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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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