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
October 15, 2009 @ 6:21 pm
The only reason I can explain someone preferring the Z1 over a Nord Lead is that they are trying to justify their purchase and have made a bad choice.
I originally purchased a Z1 based reviewson the net (newby and inexperienced), I didn't enjoy it, so soldand got a Nord Lead. Wow, what an amazing learning curve.
Now that I had a understanding, I decided to purchase another Z1. I will be selling this thing again. Why would you bother, it's just not right and sounds metallic (in a [beep] way).
October 8, 2009 @ 5:01 am
great machine. very creative and inspiring.
October 7, 2009 @ 7:10 pm
I had "face to face" comparison with Clavia 2x. Well- Clavia lost her face. Not only in my opinion.
One visitor started to force his arguments that he saw "world class musician who has Clavia and he knew what he wants to achieve" - it's no argument for me.
I will never sell my Z1 and I'll never buy Clavia.
More to say - today's synths - who can do things that Z1 can - cost much over twice than Z1 and there are just few - maybe Virus TI...
October 7, 2009 @ 10:07 am
really difficult to program
October 1, 2009 @ 12:51 pm
Used Live by the swedish Electro Pop Band S.P.O.C.K.!!!
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Rated 4.44 (1350 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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