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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87 Visitor comments
George
October 26, 2010 @ 11:15 am
the answer to the first sentence. No.
Keijo
September 17, 2010 @ 6:29 pm
Hey you closet keepers, i mean who keep this beast even partly unused, give others who love this master piece a change!
Sell it! This are too hard to find in a reasonable price nowadays, why? Ppl. who own them put this to a closet. :D
Jorge
August 18, 2010 @ 12:06 pm
well, i bought mine 10 years ago back in 1999. At that time for me it was very complicated to understand and to make it work since i didnt have any clue about synthesis, it ended up in my closet.

Now that i know synthesis, still not loving it so much, I know you can do anything possible with this synth but I rather use Absynth or something, or if I wanna tweak knobs i go for my nord lead 2x more of a playful and ludic synth.

What really annoys me is that everything is measured in -99 to 99, I mean for the filters page no Hz no nothing just -99 to 99. the envelope pages no ms just -99 to 99. that annoys me.

Never get why in the oscillator pages for the standard OSC, the sine and triangle waves are like at the bottom, pretty much hidden.

I feel like korg wanted to change the way synthesis was done with this synth and that's why it went out of the market really fast.
Chris
May 29, 2010 @ 4:56 pm
This was actually the first "real" synth I ever owned. Looking back, I probably should've opted for something less complex, but nonetheless some good times were had. Some unreal sounds can be pulled out of this if you know what you're doing. But be warned; this thing can hurt your ears/speakers if you're not careful.

I had to part with this for spending cash and because I got weird about playing it as the band I did the most with it in, I got kicked out of...(plus it's really heavy, something to keep in mind if you wanna gig with this thing)
Ch-E
May 16, 2010 @ 10:03 pm
With so many types of synthesis, the Z1 don't have a signature sound. It's up to you to decide how it will sound. It's like a synthesis swiss knife. Even if it has been released more than a decade ago, I still don't know how can I get a better synth in the current market. Only if it had individual outs!

An advice for those who think it sounds digital and sterile: You can link filter 1 with filter 2 (in serial mode) on the filter routing page. Yes, you'll loose the 2nd multi-mode filter, but your Z1 will sound very warm and analog. PWM can be achieved on the oscillator page; it's called 'Wave Form', and it can also be even applied to saw waves. If you want it to sound even more drifty, there's a random feature. So yes, it's possible to get a lively analog sound with a Z1.

It can take a while to figure out how to get the best out of this synth, but it really worths. Once you master it, other polysynths - analog or digital - are no longer a real temptation.
 
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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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