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 23, 2013 @ 1:19 am
Z1 is a really mixed bag for me. Great synth engine, poorly thought-trough design, slow envelopes, over-all clumsy product, yet unique and versatile... I loved it when i had it, i don't really miss it after i sold it. It's one of those products that "would have been awesome if only...)
Dan McBride
April 16, 2013 @ 4:09 pm
Wondering what some folks on this board think of the z1 vs the jp-8000 for control, fun sounds and basically old school synthy arpeggios?
Goose Borfner
March 16, 2013 @ 11:09 pm
Amazing synth! Sorry, got a problem with tortured animals in the videos.
Terry Kelling
March 12, 2013 @ 3:45 pm
I thinking of buying a Z1 it has software version 1.02 but I want to find out what this does thats different to the early 1.0 version. I dont want to buy it if it a has the midi problems that I read plagued the early 1.0 versions. I want to use it in my midi set up. Does the 1.02 update fix the midi and slow patch change bug that 1.0 version suffered from. If not, what did it do? I cant find any info on the web sbout this.
January 25, 2013 @ 12:32 pm
The Z1 is an almost perfect synthesizer, very unique and more flexible in synthesis architecture than many modulars. I've had it since 2007 and I'm probably keeping it for the rest of my life. Very controllable and warm sounding, random vector LFOs routed to oscillators can make it really lush, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend this complex creature if you only need a VA. For that there are better options, like viruses and novations. The only big problem for me are the envelopes. They reset to zero with every re-triggering in mono mode and are incapable of fine control over snappy sounds.
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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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