Extra features


Extra features of Korg Z1 Editor 2004

To see main features please click Features

New features in version 2.1

1.     Improved MIDI controls +

2.     Auto Merge (Sound Morph) +

3.     Global Edit +

4.     Shortcut Keys +

5.     Improved remapping ++

6.     Other improvements and fixes +

7.     Expanded Help +


Other extra features

1.     Auto Send (Sound Show)

2.     Bank: Find Patches (Super Find)

3.     Bank Undo

4.     Extract Banks

5.     Import to Bank (Bulk Import)

6.     Init Multi and Init Pattern

7.     More Sort Options

8.     Patch names: extra options

9.     Request

10.  Show Remap

11.  Sliders

12.  Swap First and Swap Last

13.  Up/down keys

14.  Minor Fixes

The latest version of the program can be downloaded for a free 7/28 day evaluation

+  added Nov 2009

++ added Feb 2010






Improved MIDI controls

Version 2 now includes a short MIDI Setup Wizard to help if any problem with the MIDI setup is detected. The correct MIDI link between the PC and Korg Z1 will ensure that all features of the program work well.

The MIDI setup now includes preset buffer sizes and delays. These can easily be changed to match any settings that might be recommended for a particular MIDI interface.

Version 2 of the program can now run on PCs with no MIDI connections, if required. Version 1 simply reported that there was a MIDI problem and then terminated the program.


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Auto Merge (Sound Morph)

Sound Morph is the latest and most advanced utility for creating and listening to new patches, building on the handy tools in version 1 for creating new patches by replacing parts of one patch with another.

Sound Morph, new in version 2, provides a fully automated utility for applying Quick Merge or Slow Merge to any number of selected bank patches, one after another, and sending the newly created patch to the Korg Z1 at each stage. This provides the opportunity to easily try out an almost limitless supply of new patches, in a way which is totally under your control.

In Sound Morph you can select either the quick merge or slow merge option. In the quick merge option, each patch will be merged into the next on a Group basis (EG, LFO, OSC etc). In the slow merge option, each patch will be merged into the next on a Subsection basis (EG1, EG2, EG3, EG4, LFO1 etc).

You can also select the time interval between each merge stage. The minimum interval is 3 seconds. With the Quick Merge option selected, this means that you can try out a merge from one patch to another (9 stages) in less than half a minute.

By selecting patches which use the same oscillator settings you will tend to get truer “morphs”. You can use the Find utility (Ctrl F) to select patches with the same oscillator settings, or to select all piano patches for example.  However, you can get lots of interesting results by mixing totally dissimilar patches.

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Global Edit

In version 2 you can change certain settings in any number of bank patches (1-128) at the same time. This is called Global Edit. The settings which can be changed include Auto Run, Link Arpeggiator, User Group and Patch Category.

The User Group is a handy feature which can be used to “flag” particular patches, and can have any value from 1 to 16. The author has used it to show those patches which are used in the factory multisets. It could be used for any purpose (eg patches you don’t want to move, patches you want to keep, patches you don’t want to keep, the results of a particular search, patches you have created).

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Shortcut Keys

Extra shortcut keys have been added in version 2 of the program, as well as those for the Global Edit functions above. For example, to swap selected bank patches you can now use CTRL + or CTRL – instead of right clicking and selecting an option from the pop-up menu.

A full list of shortcut keys can easily be accessed in the program by selecting Help > Shortcut Keys.

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Improved Remapping (added Feb 2010)

The Create Remap function has been made easier and more flexible. Bank maps for factory banks A and B are now pre-installed, and it is no longer necessary to load the same bank twice if that bank has not changed.

The improved function removes an error condition: “Missing remap text files”.

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Other Improvements and Fixes

In Sound Show, the Korg Z1 internal clock is turned on automatically if Arpeggiator Mode is selected.

In Quick Merge, Slow Merge, and the new Auto Merge (Sound Morph) function described above, the program generates more meaningful merge patch names. These now include the first 6 letters of the start patch, a number showing the merge stage (single digit for Quick Merge and double digit for Slow Merge), and the first 6 letters of the end patch. For example:

The Find utility now includes Auto Run (ON or OFF) as a search type.

The optional prefix for saving patch names now includes the oxxoxx format (as used in the Patch Library available in the Download page).

The default printer font has been changed so that formatted output (eg bank pattern lists) should now appear in columns.

The Pattern Editor no longer generates an error when a step is inserted into a 36 step pattern. It ignores any steps which exceed the 36 step limit.

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Expanded Help

The program’s help files and context help have been expanded to include the new version 2 features. A list of shortcut keys has been included, which can be accessed separately from the Help menu (as above). In addition, extra items have been included in response to questions (eg how to insert or deleted patches in the middle of a bank) and other cross-references have been added to the index.

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Auto Send (Sound Show)

With Auto Send (Sound Show) you can:

  skip through your Korg Z1 internal and memory card banks (as copied on the PC) to find the particular sounding patch that you want

  pick out particular types of patches with the Super Find tool and then check out all your bass, lead, piano etc patches back to back

  skip through new banks (eg banks that you have downloaded, or created using the random function) without overwriting any of the Korg Z1 internal banks

  try out each patch in turn without having to press any Z1 buttons. No need to repeatedly press the number buttons or + or - buttons

  save wear and tear on your Korg Z1 buttons and make the Korg Z1 last longer and perform better

  use sound show mode to listen to each patch without having to press any buttons or play any keys on the Z1. Completely automatic

  highlight patches as they are played, to form a new selection. (You can use all the Bank Editor functions on this new selection, including Insert First, Sort by...., Extract to Files etc)

  play back your highlighted selections, and increase the playback time so you can check out your highlighted patches more fully

  speed up patch editing. It can save a lot of time later if you start with a sound that is closest to the one you want

  speed up patch creation. If you are using the random function to progressively develop a new sound, you can quickly try out a few test patches from a new random bank instead of sending the whole bank 


The Auto Send function works by sending all selected patches in turn to the Korg Z1's edit buffer. The interval can be varied between 3 and 30 seconds. You can also choose:

Arpeggiator (On, Off or As Patch)

Pattern (Preset 1 to 5, User 1-1 to 3-5 or As Patch)

Chord Sequence (Fixed, Chromatic, Major 4, Major 5, Major-minor 4, Major-minor relative, Major-minor random)

With the Arpeggiator Off setting, patches can be tried out on the Z1 keyboard as they are sent. With the Arpeggiator On, you can hear a Sound Show of all the selected patches without any buttons or keys being pressed on the Korg Z1.

The Pattern and Chord Sequence settings give plenty of variety to the Sound Show.

The single-key Mark option enables you to highlight particular patches that you like, without interrupting the Sound Show. There is a Reselect option, to make a new selection from these highlighted patches. There is also a single-key Pause option.

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Bank: Find Patches (Super Find)

There is a powerful Find tool which enables a variety of searches to be made by patch name (eg Last part starts with bas) and by patch type (eg Filt1 is LPF). In this example, only the letters bas would need to be typed. All other parameters are in preset drop-down lists.

The Find box (below) has been kept small, to make it easier to see the results of the search.

Clicking on the main Find button will do a standard search. Clicking on the left-hand button <F will do a search within the results of the previous search. Clicking on the right-hand button F> will add the results of the new search to the results of the previous search.

The Switch button reverses the results of a search.

This combination of controls enables a variety of boolean-type searches to be made easily. It also allows you to add a search to a hand-picked selection.

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Bank Undo (1)

This function can undo most Bank A and Bank B changes in the program. It will undo all the sort functions (entire bank or specific patches), rotate, insert first or last, swap first or last and import/export bank (moving patches between banks).

Bank Undo (2)

  The number of bank undo levels has been increased from 6 to 10.

  Original selected patches now remain highlighted after the Undo operation. This is very handy if you have hand-picked a number of patches to move and then change your mind. Bank Undo will not only put the patches back to their original position, but the patches will remain highlighted (selected) for you to pick some other option.

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Extract Banks

When All Data, All Program or All Multi are loaded from disk or received from the Korg Z1 you can now extract the banks they contain directly into the Korg Z1 Editor, as well as sending the loaded data to the Z1 or saving the received data on the PC.

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Import to Bank (Bulk Import)

This feature allows you to select any or all of the patch files in a folder on the PC and put them directly in the program's bank A or B.

Files are selected using a standard file selection box, which includes the normal multiple and block selections. You then select the starting patch where you want the imported patches to go and click the Import key. All the files are then loaded into the bank automatically.

The Import to Bank tool will check all files, and ignore those that are not Korg Z1 patch files.

The Import to Bank tool is designed to directly replace a sequence of patches starting with the bank patch you select. However, it is also possible in a single operation to directly replace a number of separate patches dotted around a bank, leaving all other bank patches unchanged. This is covered in Replacing selected patches with the import tool in the FAQ and Tips page.

The Import to Bank tool can be used in conjunction with the existing bank function Extract To Files, giving you the fullest possible control of your patches and banks. These 2 functions can also be used to split an entire bank into 128 patch files, and merge 128 patch files into a new bank - removing the need for separate split and merge utilities.

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Init Multi and Init Pattern

Init Multi and Init Pattern are now pre-loaded at startup, as well as Init Patch, to make it easier to produce completely new multisets and patterns.

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More Sort Options

OSC2, FX2, Filt1 and Filt2 have been added to the options for sorting an entire bank or a group of patches.

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Patch names: extra options

  Automatic naming of patch files includes an additional option for including the bank letter and patch number in the file name (eg a127). This can be handy if you have sorted a bank and want to preserve this same order (eg saving individual patch files using the Extract to Files tool which you might want to use later with the Import to Bank tool).

  When the Quick Merge and Slow Merge utilities are used, patch names are automatically changed to show that they have been merged. (Note: name format has been improved in version 2).

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The program can already receive any of the following if you press the appropriate send buttons on the Korg Z1. With this option, you can also request any of the following without pressing any buttons on the Korg Z1:

current patch

bank A

bank B

current multiset

multibank A

multibank B

current arpeggiator pattern

arpeggiator bank

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Show Remap

This extra feature displays the remap list produced by the function Create Remap. The program can show the list in different ways and it can be copied to a word-processor, spreadsheet or sequencer program that uses remaps or instrument lists.

This function also provides the quickest way to produce a single alphabetical list of all 256 bank A and B patches.

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A slider control has been added for every patch and multiset parameter, so that parameter values can be changed quickly. The slider pops up when you click on the symbol to the right of the up/down arrows:

This is an extra control. The up/down arrows can still be used, especially for fine tuning. Right clicking the up/down arrows changes the value by 20. Handy shortcuts are still available, including double clicking the decode box (4.60 Hz above) to restore the loaded value.

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Swap First

Swap Last

These functions allow you to put patches at the beginning or end of a bank without changing the position of other patches. Put First and Put Last have been renamed Insert First and Insert Last.

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Up/down keys

Parameter values can be incremented by 20 (or 10 or 5) by right clicking on the up and down arrows.

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Minor Fixes (v1.5.184)

Text in decode boxes has been realigned. With some font settings the text had been partly obscured by the up and down arrows.

Graphic EG no longer reverts to text frame after using Quick Merge, Slow Merge or Copy (from Bank).

Selection boxes used in Settings have been simplified.

Minor Fixes (v1.5.193)

The Undo tool now works correctly with multiple bank operations. In version 1.5.184 there were occasional problems when switching between banks A and B and then using the Undo feature.

In versions 1.4.154 and 1.5.184 it was not possible to save or send multisets or patterns created from scratch unless a multiset or pattern had been loaded first. This has been rectified by preloading Init Multi and Init Pattern.

A problem with the 28-day start-up screen in one edition of the program, when "Run Program Now" button was clicked twice, has been fixed.

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