Synthesizers – KORG Z1
A voyage into the heart of the KORG Z1 MOSS Synthesizer from the year 1997.
Exploration by Marko Ettlich (RetroSound)
2 oscillators per voice (13 osc types) 1sub-osc, noise
resonant filter LP, HP, BP, Notch
61 keys (velocity and aftertouch)
used by Gary Numan, Orbital and many more
The Z1 is like a polyphonic Prophecy in a workstation! It does all the analog sounds and more. This is a great analog modeling synth with 12-voice polyphony, thirteen waveforms, four LFOs, two resonant filters, two effects units and more. The ability to create unique sounds is endless. The factory patches could use some help, but overall the sound is very nice! It has a fully polyphonic arpeggiator that blows all others away. It has five preset arpeggio patterns and fifteen user patterns. Unfortunately there is no on-board sequencer. There is incredible real-time control available with knobs to control the two resonant filters, and a touch controlled ‘XY’ pad for tweaking patches in real-time.