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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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OFM a part-time user from Santiago, CHILE writes:
I bought an used Z1 for about US$880, i needed to reduce my gear because moving my synth equipment was very difficult to carry and set up. When i read the specs, before buying it, i became impressed, because it wasn't another boring sample-based-keyboard with the "Synth" label on it, it was a TRUE SYNTHESIZER. So, when i first heard it, i became impressed with its sounding capability.

But, the best part, comes with the synthesis engine, it has different algorithms for different things. The MOSS engine brings you a new form of synthesis, never found yet, if someone thinks it's dated, believe me, he knows nothing about synthesis.

If you are a true synthetist, you'll like a lot this machine. No other synthesis engine can beat MOSS. (Maybe Kurzweil's V.A.S.T. but it costs twice than Z1, the most expensive MOSS machine, and obviously Software Based Synths, like Native Instruments Reaktor, but you can't go to a gig with Reaktor.)

Drawbacks: Even if 12 is good polyphony for an algorithm synth, sometimes i think i'll need those extra 6 voices, sadly, the expansion isn't easy to find.

Overall rating: 4.8 (round to 5)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-06-2002 at 22:56
WB a professional user from NYC writes:
I quite agree with those reviewers who praise this synth. It's indeed deep and great sounding board. While reading the discussion below I couldn't help quote some guy whom I met not long ago in a local music store. He was looking to purchase a SuperNova so I told him about Z1. But his reply was: "Well...I think Z1 is a little dated..." Ha! this is the same type of answer that you get from people who judge synth by its presets! Nuff said! Z1 still rules big time if you know how to program it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-11-2002 at 12:20
Blue Chunx a professional user from CA writes:
This synth was and still is one of the best VA's on the market.The filters blow the filters on the Triton away ,period.My roomate has the Triton and agreed that the Z-1 sounded warmer and more cutting. The thing is is that all these virtual analogs should not be judged by they're presets,(though my Z1 with the sound cards has some great ones)but by the extensive editing capabilities and great effects.When used together with analog gear,digital is a beutiful thing.Great for Drum & Bass,Techno,Trance,Goa,Jazz,Ambient,Experimental,Rock,hip-hop,and everthing in between.The X-Y pads kicks butt,too.Havent all these people complaining about synths ever heard of editing? Do they think the great songs of the world were made with presets? This synth is sick !

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-07-2002 at 06:57
Chris L a professional user from London writes:
Plenty of nonsense being spoken at the moment. No decent bass sounds? Resonant leads? Sure you're not reviewing the X5 by mistake? This baby is deep, fat and altogether beautiful. The sounds are always powerful. The editing is deep,complex and rewarding. It's the best part of 10 years ahead of the JD, which is also a great synth, so you can't really compare them. I don't think this synth is suitable for a novice though. You need to understand the synth and what you are doing to get the best out of it. This is one of the top three vas of all time. A great masterpiece!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-11-2002 at 12:25
Jeppe Johansen a hobbyist user from Denmark writes:
This synth is the amazing. It's not a workstation, but it does it's job to perfection. When you get your hands on the programming, you have unlimited acces to sounds. Leads, pads, strings and even organs Hammonds, Vox, Gibson and church it does it all and very good. It has a good fx section even with a good leslie emulator (overdrive lacks a bit though). Everything is programable and there are plenty of knobs to make it do the works. Most people use it for techno, but i use it for rockmusic, and it does that to A+ to.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-09-2002 at 16:45
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