Polyphonic DSP Synthesizer
Previous DSP synthesizers may have gained a reputation for a single type of sound modeling, but the Z1, using Korg's advanced MOSS (Multi-Oscillator Synthesis System) technology, provides an awesome array of high-quality algorithms that cover the fullest range of sounds, from imitative to imaginative. Standard polyphony is 12 voices, and an optional board will expand the Z1’s polyphony to a whopping 18 voices!
MOSS (Multi-Oscillator Synthesis System) tone generation: the result of years of research and development
The oscillator algorithms of the Z1’s MOSS tone generator are direct descendants of Korg’s now legendary OASYS (Open Architecture Synthesis System) development platform. It’s the result of years of development of detailed models and a toolkit approach to synthesis voice design, and it gives the Z1 unsurpassed sonic power.
Thirteen oscillator types for the widest range of sounds The Z1 features a broad range of oscillator algorithms: Standard, Noise, Comb Filter, VPM, Ring Modulation, Cross Modulation, Oscillator Sync and Resonance provide exciting ways of creating synthetic sounds. The Organ, Electric Piano, Bowing, Brass, Reed and Plucked String Models emulate those types of musical instruments with a greater degree of realism and expression than PCM-based instruments can ever provide. This algorithmic diversity gives you a range of sounds that far exceeds other DSP synthesizers.
Since up to two of these 13 oscillators can be combined – along with a Sub-oscillator and a Noise Generator – you can also create unique, hybrid sounds with "organic" qualities that can be molded in ways that are impossible with any traditional acoustic instrument!
The dual multi-mode filters feature resonance, low-pass, high-pass and a new band-pass mode that allows four center frequency points to be set simultaneously. This lets you create complex tonalities like those found in the human voice and the body resonances of a violin or guitar.
Dedicated parameter knobs for filter cutoff, resonance, EG intensity and both filter and amp EG are located at the left side of the front panel. They let you control sound in realtime – just as on an analog synthesizer. Four LFO’s (which can sync to MIDI clock!) plus polyphonic portamento allow for unique synth effects.
The Z1 features 256 Programs, and additional Programs can be stored on a PCMCIA Flash memory card. Thirty-two Multi Set-ups are also available, each combining up to six timbres for split or layered sounds and multi-timbral playback.
The Z1 provides all of the traditional controllers like Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels, plus inputs for up to four foot pedals. It also includes dedicated controllers like eight Filter control knobs and four Amp. control knobs, as well as switches for
To take advantage of the Z1’s rich modulation power there are five Performance Editor (PE) knobs which are assignable to numerous parameter modulations with each knob able to control up to four parameters at the same time. Finally, the Z1 premieres Korg’s exclusive X/Y Pad which offers the musician ultimate expressive control. It is a four axis "grid" that lets you blend in controller amounts in real time.
The Z1’s effects section features superb, digital multi-effects with 15 high-quality insertion effects such as multi-tap delay, overdrive, wah, phaser, flanger, chorus and rotary speaker, plus three stereo master effects: two reverbs and stereo delay. All of these effects include realtime modulation capabilities for maximum expressive control. Finally, 2-band EQ is available per Program to help you shape your final sound as desired.
The Z1 includes a unique polyphonic arpeggiator which enables easy performance of complex patterns. In addition to the five preset patterns (Up, Down, Random,ALT1 and ALT2), 15 user-programmable arpeggio patterns can be stored in internal memory. Arpeggio performance data can also be transmitted via MIDI to external sound sources, and the Z1’s arpeggiator syncs to incoming MIDI clock.Dedicated Gate, Velocity, Resolution and Speed knobs provide excellent realtime control.
Twelve-voice polyphony in a DSP-based synthesizer is pretty awesome. But Korg makes available an optional expansion board that will crank simultaneous polyphony up to an even more amazing 18-voices!
An optional ADAT® optical digital interface board is also available. With the ADAT® I/F you get single-cable connectivity with any device that has an ADAT® interface
INSERT EFFECTS SIZE 1 (two effects can be used simultaneously) Overdrive,Compressor, Parametric EQ, Wah, Exciter, Decimator, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser,Rotary Speaker, Delay (Mono) SIZE 2 (single effect can be used) Talking Modulator, Multi-tap Delay, Ensemble, Rotary Speaker (L)MASTER EFFECTS Stereo Delay, Reverb (Hall), Reverb (Room) Specifications subject to change without notice