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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Jim Wicked
February 26, 2009 @ 11:02 am
This could have been the greatest digital synth ever made. It sounds amazing and the potential is limitless. ...unfortunately, programming it is a real bear. If you have an inhuman amount of patience, you owe it to yourself to get one of these. Otherwise, look for something easier to program.
planetplayer
January 12, 2009 @ 11:17 pm
Tried when first came out. ALmost brought one, but they ran out when I was ready. When in stock again I said. No.
Good as a solo synth. Like the almost forgotten Prophecy.
Alan
December 14, 2008 @ 7:50 pm
An excellent beastie! Using it as a master KB because of the controllers. The sounds are distinctive and cut through a mix. esp IMO the pads and awesome choirs which because of the XY pad are "infinitely" variable. Main drawbacks - the delay changing patches (its doing alot of maths I guess) and multi is clunky (you have to assign voices per part!) and shares FX. I Use it in single mode and record each part as audio in VST.
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?
Matt
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.
 
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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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