Main features of Korg Z1 Editor 2004
Korg Z1 Editor 2004 is a Windows (95/98/ME/XP) program for the superb Korg Z1 synthesizer.
The program contains many tools for the Korg Z1 based around four linked editors: a patch editor, a bank editor, a multiset editor and a pattern (arpeggiator) editor. All editors include the standard send/receive/open/save facilities, which include useful checks on data sizes and automatic naming. These facilities are also available for Global, MIDI, All Data, All Program and All Multi.
The program contains utilities for printing and saving lists of patches in each bank, multi bank or multiset and lists of parameter names and values. The saved lists are ordinary text files, so Korg Z1 instrument lists can be copied and pasted into sequencers and other programs.
The program contains full help facilities.
The program provides comprehensive facilities for creating, editing, organizing and storing patches.
All patch parameters can be edited.
Parameters can be edited quickly and easily, helped by many handy features. These include:
2 panel parameter display
The 2 panels allow you to see the settings of any 2 sections side by side. Where the sections are of the same type (eg Filt1 and Filt2) all the corresponding parameters are side by side. There are options for keeping either panel "fixed" (handy for reference). The default is an automatic "rotate" option where you can always see the current section and the previous section side by side.
The main back/forward buttons can be used to navigate within an editing session. If you want to look back at a section you edited earlier (but can't remember which!) you can click the back button.There are also back/forward buttons which can be used within a group. If you quickly want to compare the 4 EGs you just click the back or forward buttons for the EG group.
You can change the settings of a whole section to zero, default values, user values, loaded values, previous values or even random values at the press of a function key. Settings can easily be copied from one section to another
If you often use a section such as OSC1, Filt1 or MFX, you can drag it into the favourites panel where it will be saved as a favourite section. Anytime you wish to look at OSC1, Filt1 or MFX in a loaded patch you can click the appropriate favourites section and you will see the corresponding parameters instantly.
Also, the Patch Editor is parameter based (not "document" based). This means that if, for example, you are working on LFOs and load a new patch, the editor will automatically go to the same LFO sections and will show the LFO parameters of the new patch.
You can instantly change individual parameter values to minimum (or zero), maximum, loaded, user or defaults by double clicking on the value box or parameter labels.
There is a "friendly" graphic display for showing and editing the 4 EGs and the Amp EG.
modulation sources screen
You can see on one screen all the parameters that are controlled by modulation sources (EGs, LFOs, X-Y pad, Mod Wheel etc). They can be reset globally or changed individually. You can also move, with a single click, between parameters in the modulation sources screen and the sections containing those parameters (eg FX2, LFO3)
random and incremental tools
The Patch Editor works in full conjunction with the Bank Editor. It can produce a complete bank of patches from a single patch in different ways (random or incremental). The extent of these changes can be fully controlled. Although these functions can be used to generate thousands of new patches, that is not their main purpose. They can be used iteratively to select and refine a single patch sound that is not otherwise available. A really useful editor feature.
The program has unique facilities for moving groups of patches within banks and between banks with a single click, and can sort an entire bank in a variety of different ways.
The Bank Editor uses advanced rotate functions in preference to basic "drag and drop" functions. When you move a patch within a bank using "drag and drop" you delete one patch and finish up with a duplicate of the other. The rotate functions allow 2 (or any number) of patches to be swapped. If you wish, you can insert a patch at the beginning of the bank, moving all the other patches back by one place. This is much more powerful than "drag and drop".
The Bank Editor works in full conjunction with the Patch Editor. Groups of parameters can be copied instantly from any bank patch to the patch currently in the Patch Editor.
There are Quick Merge and Slow Merge facilities for progressively merging one bank patch into another, producing an almost infinite variety of new patches very easily. These tend to be more "listenable" than patches created using the random feature, and it is fun to try different combinations to see the result!
The Multiset Editor has a full range of facilities for editing multisets, similar to those in the Patch Editor.
All multiset parameters can be edited.
Multisets can be easily copied to and from multibanks A and B.
The program contains a handy (and perhaps unique) facility for "remapping" multisets and multibanks to keep them in step with main patch bank changes. Even if banks A and B have been totally reordered, it only takes a minute or so to change all the multisets in multibanks A and B so that they use the same patches as before.
The Pattern Editor has comprehensive tools for creating and editing arpeggiator patterns.
All pattern steps and parameters can be edited.
Patterns can easily be copied to and from the arpeggiator bank.
The Pattern Editor tools include block copying, which makes it easy to copy blocks of steps up to the end of the pattern in a single click. Particular tones or parameters within a step can be selected. So, for example, if you decided to make a new bass pattern 2 octaves down you could instantly set the pitch offset to -24 for all steps.
There are three different modes available for block copying - normal, reverse and rotation. (With 4 blocks of 4 steps, normal would be 1234 1234 1234 1234, reverse would be 1234 4321 1234 4321 and rotation would be 1234 4123 3412 2341).
The flexible combination of tools and settings makes it easy to produce great new arpeggiator patterns.