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
September 15, 2013 @ 11:15 pm
Would anyone happen to know what the difference is between the Korg Z1 and Z1EX version? I can't find any info on the Korg Z1EX version. I am wondering if perhaps the EX means it has the DSPB-Z1 inside. Thanks!
Maxim Korobov
August 18, 2013 @ 12:58 pm
Have it 5 years. Sold it...
I loved that beast, yet, in 21 century VST (NI, UVI, VIR2) do it all.
Sometimes I missing Z1, other times there are no regrets.
August 7, 2013 @ 7:22 am
@key: I had a prophecy and bought later a Z1 and...yes...it makes the propecy for studio work redundant. But for live gigs, the prophecy is still a big live beast - its smaller and not as heavy as the z1. I like the physical Osc very much, combined with the X/Y-Pad and the right routing you can do amazing sound. 4 LFO and 4 envelopes are great for dubstep-blastsounds! Only the FX-Section and the filters are weak.
July 3, 2013 @ 2:57 pm
Just got one of these advertised on "SOS" magazine. It's a beast and truly magnificent, I'm just starting to tame it...Still scratching the Surface though. What I can say is that I played a JP8000 before I purchased this, and this Z1 keyboard is better made and more robust. The JP has different sounds but is like a "Toy" compared to the Z1. ..My next project will probably be to buy a Jp8000
June 11, 2013 @ 6:11 pm
Is the Z1 truly as amazing as the Prophecy? And can we generally consider the Z1 as a polyphonic version of the Prophecy with extras? In other words, does it make the Prophecy redundant?
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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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