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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tixxican
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.
veell
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.
Jan Ancic
September 20, 2008 @ 10:06 pm
I agree, Zee (the) ONE is really N1 - digital magic. After 4 years of programming and playing I feel satisfaction.Sometimes not easy to tweak real analog sound, but if you will be patient, the result will come. Great for experimental and score movie production.
Maxim Korobov
September 9, 2008 @ 12:29 am
This is REAL Synth! Except some acoustic, it can do ALL what you want!

Nice keyboard touch (for synth-action key), nice aftertouch.
X-Y is good for some effects, but not usable every time.
Changing program cost 1-1.5 seconds.
Need some tricks for playing in multitembral mode clearly.

P.S.: Now i looking for Korg Prophecy, cause i know - this is REAL synth too!
 
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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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