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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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elektrodude a professional user from London, England (U.K.) writes:
Possibly the deepest synth ever created. Not the easiest to get your head around for the neophyte, but is worth the effort!! The pads, leads, and basses are fantastic. To think individuals purchase the MS2000 over this. That is absolutely moronic!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-09-2002 at 18:20
Trust in the future a professional user from US writes:
A truely wonderful synth. How can anyone find fault with this monster? It's a masterpiece. The pads are the best ever. The effects are crazy-horse and the leads are fatness itself. As for,'It doesn't cut it with a true analogue synths,' rubbish. Take the whole lot..yes Moogs, Arps, early Rolands, anything made before this and bury it in the back yard. This baby is better than the lot put together! They're junk, this is the future!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-09-2002 at 13:34
Ergot a hobbyist user from US writes:
I love this beast and have found it to be the perfect compliment to my XTK and its va sounds. Its really the only piece of gear which, if it someday died, (eek) I would immediately replace with another Z or a Trinity with the MOSS board.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-01-2002 at 21:21
Magpel a part-time user from USA writes:
I can't add much to what's been said already, but I'll address a couple of common issues about the Z1, which I've had for just over two weeks now:

1. The idea that it's opaque and difficult to program is way exagerrated, if not just plain silly. I am no expert programmer by any means, and I'm already completely comfortable moving through the guts of this thing and I'm not even using an editor. *How* exactly all of the different models and oscillators work, and how the myriad adjustable parameters interact and affect the sound is another question, and I would love to see better documentation about the many things you can tweak and the synthesis models available. I suppose you just have to study how the presets are built and play with parameters as you go.

2. As has been oft said, the presets do a fairly poor job of representing the Z1's power. This is not a strength. I like the old saw, "if the guys who built it can't get good sounds out of it, then why would I be able to?" Well, the Z1 is not without usable sounds, but there's a flatness to the presets that will make you think you've made a terribler mistake if you're just scrolling through the patches and tapping a few keys. Turns some knobs and scratch the X-Y pad a bit and your opinion will rapidly change.

I like the synth leads a lot. The pads are good but I rarely like or use pads, so... You can actually do some damage with organs if you play around with the drawbars and such. Ditto for the EPs. As for the physical models, well, very mixed bag. Some of them do *behave* in very cool ways, but their essential sonic quality can't match good samples, IMO. I look forward to layering some Z1 brass in with brass samples and seeing how that works. I think the power in the physical models lies in tweaking them into new sounds and not expecting some shocking level of realism.

3. As y'all know by now, the realtime control elements are awesome. They are what makes this thing so addictive--the only synth I've ever owned that keeps me up late, not writing my music but just twiddling with my new toy.

4. As is also well known by now, this is not a bread and butter machine you can build your studio around. For me, it is serving the role of my first VA and the machine on which I intend to really bolster my programming chops. I think it will do nicely, and after 2 weeks, I think it sounds good. Essentially good.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-14-2001 at 18:26
Pschycho Bob a part-time user from Holland writes:
The Z1 is a digital, WARM, deep, complex (if u like), fat SYNTHESIZER with an excellent keyboard and very nice controls (weels and the great X/Y Pad). Forget the 'analog-or-not discussion' not relevant, character and flexibility is what really counts...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-23-2001 at 15:18
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