Korg Z1

Korg Z1

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Z1, Digital Synth from Korg.

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  • Manufacturer: Korg
  • Model: Z1
  • Category: Digital Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/08/2004

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Korg Z1 user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 7 reviews )
 3 reviews43 %
 4 reviews57 %

SurfSynth's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Today I Etone again!"

Korg Z1
Analog modeling and physical: wind instruments, strings struck, plucked, stringed bow etc ...
I find that sometimes the multi-effect "veil" the sound a bit but you can always cut for a more raw, more direct.


Very simple thanks to the many parameters available in real time
undrinkable and at the same time when you have to scroll through the submenus via the LCD screen is slow and difficult to read.


Innovation does not come from resonant filters (you can still tear the eardrum if you push them in their entrenchment) or the arpeggiator (yet powerful program but tedious), no originality comes many physics algorithms .

The drama of this synth is that the factory presets are for most unworthy of his abilities.


Both say clearly even not be very objective:
"This synth is a killer."

Close enough to me much more recent synth as NORDWAVE, but close in spirit that is capable of producing sounds both experimental hybrid but very playable, scalable and flexible since living with 2 buttons assignable, 2 wheels, 5 faders and a touchpad.
"Wow I must think me an extra hand transplant."

In short, tweak, triturate it will reward you a hundredfold!

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Z1
I do not describe the stuff, go to the site Korg ...
In very brief summary, there are only 12 voice polyphony.
There is a bank 2x127 sounds you can change to infinity and a bank of 2 x 15 combined sounds (or lack of polyphony can be a limit).
There is a pitch, modulation and especially a pad X / Y programmable which is great.
In addition to the sustain pedal, it worth to buy a Korg pedal which is cheap and is very useful on this type of instrument.


First, in the introduction, I use the Z1 used to assist in a group of jazz / funk and more of a Fender Rhodes and a Gem mega pro. So I use the 1 / 10 of its possibilities. It was not the case when I bought it there around 5 to 6 years. It was then one of my keyboards and only at the time, I was playing alone. I was impressed at the time by the arpeggiator pad and X / Y when in fact I am using any more of these two accessories that no longer have any interest in my current use.
I use it primarily to integrate pieces of ground in our live and to take chorus when using either type of monophonic analog synth sounds, or sounds of organs or keyboards. For this use, the Korg is perfect. filters are numerous and hanging a little (this is my first synth), we just really Scult sound to his taste. The original sets are dismal for some and too loaded, especially reverb. The result is that it can mislead the store but most sounds are unusable in a real band playing real music !!!!! (The sound designers and specialists in real synths that I'm not going to cry while reading this). This criticism is for me to so many synths trade.
For the use described above, I am very very happy. I thought about selling it when I bought the Gem mega pro but looking back, I do not regret having kept because these two instruments are complementary + + +
Regarding sound, tablecloths, monophonic synths, bass, distorted sounds, keyboards and organs and guitars are very good. The brass are zero. But it is clear that no one buys a Z1 for a bank of sounds that imitate acoustic instruments but for synth sounds ...
The general configuration is not obvious, but obvious by dipping a bit in the manual, it's OK. Editing sounds is relatively easy even if the screen is a little itty bitty


For sounds, see the previous paragraph.
The expression is good, the keyboard is well suited to the philosophy of the unit (this is clearly not made to play Mozart ...).
There are only 12 voice polyphony which is sufficient to use extra but can be a bit tight in the combined sounds, especially if you use the arpeggiator. There is an expansion card for a polyphony of 18 tracks. Frankly, this option is not required.
Avoid buying cards Korg sounds to have additional sets. They cost a fortune and have no interest.
However, it's worth it to buy a PCMCIA card to save your selections as you sound reworked.


I've had 5 or 6 years.
I do not resell, especially when used, it is virtually unsaleable.
It is found at 700 euros to 1200 euros opportunity and new. Frankly, even at 1000 euros used, it is still a steal when you see the possibilities and quality of this thing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Between Z1 at this price point and a synth nine will cost you double or even triple, there frankly hesitate.

pico's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Z1
Analog Synth has modlisation + electric keyboard, winds, strings and organ


Ergonomics somewhat complicated not always want to look in the sub menu, but plutt want to play, for Controller against many on the left of the keyboard very practical to make a keyboard matre


I had bought for electric keyboards, organs and synths, I trs silent until satisfied or released on a Clavia electro north, I sold as dry Z1 and j I bought used for electro north has its output and critical Keaboard bad he was not too much hill until version 2 or sales really Get You Started


For the first synth I think that was the best korg, a small oasis for one low price in time.

davidsynthé's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Z1
Instructions available here: http://virtualacoustic.free.fr/HTML/downloadZ1.html

Released in 1997, the Z1 is an extension of Prophecy with more polyphony (12 voice expandable to 18), more physical models, more options, more controllers, more ... Korg fits the consumer market: a arpeggiator makes its appearance, and knobs, signs of revival current analog.


The Z1 is finally the first multitimbral polyphonic synthesizer using physical models. on the other hand, no entry is made for a breath controller, which is a shame given the number of votes of wind instruments proposed. He excels in the emulation of electric pianos. No complete construction of the instrument is proposed.


Demos available here: http://virtualacoustic.free.fr/HTML/Demos.html

It retains all the physical models of Prophecy, with a total of 13 algorithms: Analog Comb Filter, VPM, Modulation (ring, sync and cross), Resonance, Organ, Electric Pianos, physical modeling of copper reed plucked and attacks bow. We use up just 6 stamps simultaneously over 6 midi channels.


Yamaha, Korg and Technics are the first manufacturers to attempt to use the technique of synthesis by physical models. Their business strategies are different, and distinct steps. It should be noted that all the synthesizers using synthesis by physical models employ exclusively models waveguides. If manufacturers adopt this synthesis by providing a variety of names (S / VA, MOSS, Acoustic Modelling ...) it is indeed always the same technique.

When you consider all that is missing in these synthesizers, physical models seem to be a beautiful place in the market.

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