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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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James a hobbyist user from UK writes:
The Z1 is a superb sounding synth, despite it taking ages to get used to. When I first got it, and heard the presets, I was very dissappointed. The presets are very weak sounding, especially the analogue type sounds. When first editing the machine, I was baffled. The menu system seemed like a pain in the arse. But I have now had the z1 for over a year now, and I know it like the back of my hand. It is an extremely phatt sounding machine, way better than my novation supernova. I like to program big strings, and heavy trance leads, and it sound perfect. I definitley recommend one, especially if into trance.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-11-2001 at 08:42
ILIKEIT a hobbyist user from England writes:
This machine is not for the weak hearted, to get the best out of it (which I have yet to do) your really have to know you synthesis, I was lucky, with 10 year playing around with matrix boards etc. The manual should be referred to as a "general guide", but hey I wouldn't like to document this beast. The oscillator models are fantastic, if your want a violin, you will get one, and with some clever trickery with the wheels and X/Y pad you can get (pretty much)the playing dynamics also. If used for general synthesis the scillator models will provide you with very original powerfull sounds. as a normal VA synth the Z1 could do with a bit more umph, but for the price you get a a decent VA synth and a bucket load originality. All I would wish for is a Human Voice Model... In the UK our mascot is a bull dog, if you turn the dog around your get a Z1......I actually give it 4.5 as nothing is perfect.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-11-2001 at 07:55
lunarwynd a part-time user from USA writes:
Excellent board for what it does. Rich analog-type textures and strings, great bells, nice organs and EP's, decent reeds and horns, fabulous basses. Not, by any means, an all rounder. You won't find pianos here to speak of. Very few "real' sounding acoustic instruments at all. Some of the brass and sax. But the textures you can create and control with the X-Y pad are well worth the grand you'll spend these days. The filters sound great, but higher resonance does turn it more into a squeal than anything else. I love that for industrial noise, but the rave techno lovers will hate it because it's hard to get that high-resonance, hard rave filtering going on. For me, the board is a 4 point 5. For you? Well, you want differeny sound than me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-03-2000 at 16:25
a part-time user writes:
good for general purpose analog synth sounds. good for wurlitzer EP and pianet sounds. good for strings, reeds and brass. OK for guitar, bass guitar. sucks at organs, rhodes EP, FM sounds (it's no DX7!) filters sound great but high resonance robs the sound. multi mode can't have different effects on different sounds, no individual outs to process programs individually. for the most part the sounds have about the same delivery as samples with a little more sound shaping capabilities. not as fat as it could be although the effects help a bit.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-23-2000 at 06:08
Darren Lambourne a professional user from UK writes:
The Korg Z1 is indeed no analog monster. But then neither is the nord lead (sounds like an FM monster to me :) - I think all these virtual synths have their own character and place in a studio. The Korg Z1 is an amazing instrument for sound design. The Korg MS2000 is a nice analog model .. If you want a real analog sound then check out the soft synth 'The Tassman' - sounds great. Overall though the Z1 is a unique and hugely powerfull synth. If you have a sampler with horn patches then u can use the Z1 to 'layer' and give your samples more life. Try it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-16-2000 at 10:38
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