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 20, 2009 @ 1:52 pm
@Sotiris, The SOUNDQUEST MIDIQUEST XL is a great editor but rather pricey. i use it for all my synths and does the job extremely well
September 1, 2009 @ 9:40 pm
This is one of the best Korgs ever, but it has very bad buttons and poor interface (no dial wheel) and poor, very fragile plastic parts. Having said that, Korg are crazy to drop MOSS. The best synthesis by Korg to date.
August 31, 2009 @ 4:34 am
Someone asked for a software editor - Midi Quest 10 XL (squest.com) supports the Z1, among numerous other hardware synths and modules.
July 31, 2009 @ 2:46 pm
A great synth with an amazing palette of sounds. It is difficult to program but with some time and patience the rewards are well worth it. This synth easily lends itself to any style of music. I use it primarily for soundtracks and ambient music. A sweet addition to any studio.
July 26, 2009 @ 5:59 pm
A really great synth. A programmer's dream! When it came out i didn't buy it, but when i saw a used one for sale i grabed it (for 650 euros, with voice expansion and memory card). Can't stop playing it! The keyboard feel is very pleasant and the arppegiator is tons of fun. And if you know about synthesis, well ... you 're in sound heaven. I 'd love to have a software editor for it, maybe someone knows about one?
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Rated 4.44 (1351 Votes)

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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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