The Korg Z1 super synth
the Z1 in my old studio
The love/hate relationship I’ve had with this beast … I think it’s one of the best, most complex synths out there. It’s built well, has a great big keyboard with after-touch. But programming it is a bitch. Trying to get access to this hugely complex system through a tiny screen must be like keyhole surgery. I did so much menu-diving I got the bends. And that just hinders creativity. Which is why I sold it.
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For a long time my Ambika was sitting on my desk, naked. Partly because it’s handy when you
want to change something, learn about the circuit, probe it with the scope, etc …
Also because I thought of designing my own sheet metal case at some point. But that turned out
to be so expensive for just a one-off it never happened. There is the Plexiglas one,
but I’m not really a fan of it.
So when community member Adrian designed this beautiful white metal case I decided to get one.
Personally I think it looks stunning, minimal and elegant. 1mm steel, white powder coated with
wooden end cheeks. Silkscreened on it is the beautiful artwork by Papernoise that has become
Mutable Instruments’ instantly recognizable visual style.