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
benny harris
January 26, 2011 @ 9:41 pm
Can the Korg Z1 do drums arp patterns or provide a 'beat' of any kind?
December 31, 2010 @ 4:23 pm
audioblue: for those who demanded the Z1 have less instrumentation and more discotequity (sorry, my word, I think I just invented it), I can only say of those people, "Let them eat Casio."
December 24, 2010 @ 10:04 pm
@hannasdeli : Set the effects at 0% rather than OFF. Should work.
December 10, 2010 @ 11:04 am
I own many synths (uQ, XT, Pulse, evolver, mopho, virus KC, SY77, supernova2....) yet time and time again I find myself drawn towards the Z1 and the prophecy, Love them both. Prophecy was my 1st and the Z1 was my second(I'll leave out the QS6, rubbish), both were brought new and I've never regretted it for a second. Built like a tank with the fire power to match and they have never missed a beat, more than I can say for some of the newer synths I've owed/played. Get one one, take your time and you Will be rewarded. If you want to hear them in a mix listen to a few of my tracks on soundcloud. Most tracks have some Z1/Prophecy in them somewhere.
Ok, It's 4am and I must sleep now.
December 10, 2010 @ 11:04 am
From what I understand, the reason why is amazing synth did not fare so well commercially was that, around it's release the desire for all things dance/analogue sounding was what the market was screaming for. Now, I have been told by a serious collector that Korg received numerous calls asking why they had included brass, woodwind, e.piano....and all the other natural instruments in the synth. In essence, people were saying that if they had made the synth more dance orientated and less broad(read, less powerful), they would have had made more sales. Madness I tell you. Less power makes for a lesser synth in my opinion. Besides, this was never intended as a beginners synth, but as something that would stand the test of time. It has, you just need some skills, a little patience and imagination. I am regularly amazed with the complex sound I can draw from the beast. Yes the factory dance sounds are crap, but that's great as it makes you actually create something original.
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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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