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
bro ben
December 6, 2008 @ 2:15 am
It's one of those synths that have a unique sound quality that sets it apart from the 'crowd'. if you like the sound, then you'll proboly keep it for a very, very long time because nothing else quite sounds like it. Even trying to get a Kurzweil to copy it's sound will ether be differant or end up sounding 'better' but still not the same but then againe who can say that apples are 'better' than bananas?
October 9, 2008 @ 2:16 pm
The Korg Z1 is a real sleeper waiting to be awaken. This synth can produce sounds like you never heard before. Some'what easy to program (great screen) and lots of controllers (cool XY pad). You can modulate everything (including the modulators themself). You better know what you are doing with this synth because it is very deep and complex, but way worth the learning curve.
October 6, 2008 @ 6:39 pm
This beast is very complicated, make sure you know what you are doing when aquiring one of these (am new to synths). I now have an original nord lead and love it. In a few years I will be gutted I sold it...according to everything I've read.
September 25, 2008 @ 10:55 am
Great, Fat and Crazy machine for sound-design!
Mickey 2 shooz
September 21, 2008 @ 4:30 pm
Most certainly Korgs Finest synthesizer hour in the 90s.

Never understood why this Synth was such a Flop for Korg,rock solid Build quality,loads of hands on control and sounds awesome,if you spend time getting to know this synth,you'll see why its such a beast,Plus..you could buy one of these secondhand for less than the price of a Moss board for the Triton.
Shame Korg never made it availible in a larger Keybed edition..would have liked to had a 76 or 88 note model.
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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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