Synth Site: Korg: Z1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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pgwalsh a hobbyist user from Atherton, CA USA writes:
My understanding is that there's so many parameters in the Z1 that if you assigned a knob for each one, you could fill a football stadium. I think the Z1 is wonderful, but it will take time to bring out the richness that's hidden under the hood. I've created some brilliant pads and some amazing evolving ambient sounds utilizing the x/y pad and then some hard-deep-crunchy lead sounds that you expect to only find being used by the devil. IMO the Z1 is great synth for ambient and atmospheric sounds and for some hard lead sounds. It's not something you will create and entire piece from, but will do wonders for your piece. Oh and yes you can synchronize almost any parameter to midi, just have to figure out how it's done.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-09-2003 at 17:46
dave a hobbyist user from uk writes:
This is still the deepest, most powerful VA on the planet, even in 2003. Korg were mad to drop it, as VA's are now the big thing. This is the daddy.

They will be like gold dust in the future. Get one while you can. Circa £500 s/h in the uk at moment.

People who know their synths will sell their grandmother for these babies in years to come.

No non-patchbay synth available come close in terms of modulation routings.

Get one asap


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-19-2003 at 14:34
peter kadar a professional user from Canada writes:
I've had my Z1 for a little over three years and am still incredibly satisfied with my purchase. I use it often on gigs, and it sounds excellent, from old school analog to acoustic. This and a module for piano will do everything you need. I just did a hip hop gig and when I listened back to my Wurly sound, it freaked me out with its realism. Overall, I love this synth and would seek another if this one was destroyed/stolen. I wish that it had the polyphony board, and could transmit on more than one channel at a time. It's not too hard to use considering its depth, and the fx are decent enough to get by with. An inspiring and powerful synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-08-2002 at 03:14
Sonny a professional user from France writes:
Just an awesome unit. The sound engine is the best. Much better than the ageing VAST system. The editing is a bit tricky, though you can get your head round it quite quickly if you concentrate. Good real time control. Great arpeggiator. Always sounds good. Yes, limited poly, however, all VAs are limited in this way and the Z1 is better than most. They hold their value very well which is rare amongst modern synths. Definitely a future classic. The best VA of all time. Nice to play. The keyboard feels good. Very reliable and well build. Looks, sounds and plays like a high-end keyboard.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-01-2002 at 12:32
Adam a professional user from Grand Rapids writes:
At first glance, this synth is somewhat overwhelming - even for an experienced user. However, you can not judge it until you familiarize yourself with the menus and oscillators. Once I got into it, I realized that I found myself one of the best virtual analog synths ever produced. This machine is a beast. Great sounds, great editing capabilities, and above all, its sounds are limitless to an imaginative user.

The only drawback is the ability to model acoustic sounds (mainly piano) but a simple sound module will cure that in no time.

I highly reccommend this synth over all others to anyone with a bit of dedication and spirit.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-12-2002 at 21:32
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