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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Korg Z1 | demo (1 of 2)
WC Olo Garb
Korg Z1 | demo (2 of 2)
WC Olo Garb
ManualDownload the complete owner's manual from Korg here.


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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