Synth Site: Korg: Z1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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stealth bopper a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Excellent synth!! It can do analogue, physical modelling and has a polyphonic arpeggiator. The XY pad is great and the assignable knobs (in addition to the usual cutoff, resonance, etc) give tons of control.

It has preset sounds and multitimbral sets but can be programmed to create unexpected textures - it can be very deep for those who want to get stuck into programming their own unique sounds.

It can produce and isn't just a one trick pony - it can do dance, old school, soundscapes or emulate real instruments.

A synth I have come back to time and time again - software isn't quite the same....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-06-2011 at 14:14
Andrew Lund a part-time user from Australia writes:
My first review on this synth was made almost 6 years ago, here's my 2nd review after owning the Z1 for almost 6 years.

Yes, it is hard to use at first. To be honest, its taken me years to understand it and feel comfortable using its menu system, but that is partly because it has Virtual Analog, a few different types of Physical modelling, and FM (called VPM in this synth)

I think the acoustic sounds are great, I know a lot of people think they sound fake, but if you have the patience to go in there, learn the system you can improve the presets.

You will be rewarded by having unique violin, flute, sax, trumpet and other sounds that sound both realistic and more importantly, very expressive. You do need to use the X/Y pad and other controllers a lot though to wring the most out of this synth.

Best sounds in my synth? Violin/Viola, trumpets, very realistic minimoog patches, and atmospheric stuff. Many of the atmospheric/pad presets are awesome, and easy to modify and make them your own. I've made some interesting percussion and sound effects with this synth too.

Love the keyboard too, best non weighted keyboard, feels the same as the DX7 II, which I also owned. Monophonic aftertouc feels good, although I wish it was polyphonic! Also, I wish Korg had made Z1 with a weighted keyboard! But thats just being picky! WILL NEVER SELL!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-31-2010 at 21:53
keith a part-time user from CANADA writes:
really great synth, it sure sings nicely. Pros: fun, unique sounds, solid built, the XY pad is a gas. Cons: springy keyboard touch, sound quality is a tad thin.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-17-2008 at 00:12
Epsylon a professional user from USA writes:
To put it lightly, this thing is amazing. No one has yet made a synth or plugin that can do what the Z1 can do. It's 10 years old and still cranks out sounds that give any plugin on my computer solid beating. The value of these will only go up.

You can get just the most amazing range of sounds out of it, with over 300 modulation destinations and an X/Y pad that is far superior to many of the new ones, you can do completely mental stuff like modulate 50 parameters at once with one finger! The presets are mostly garbage, but dig in and you will find stuff that will blow your mind. Setting up the patch takes a little time, but once it's there, watch out!

This is Korg's crowning achievement in synthesis! Get one while you still can!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-07-2007 at 02:41
Matt Simpson a part-time user from US writes:
Hmm... to sum it all up in a nutshell it's basically a polyphonic prophecy. Great sounds and a fairly user friendly interface. Like all synths it takes some time to get used to but well worth it in the end. Price is digestable too. id give it a 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-20-2007 at 13:52
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