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Revised
15 June
1998

Troubador Tech

Korg Z3 Features & Specifications

The Z3 Guitar Synthesizer is an remarkably sophisticated device designed to bring the guitar player into the advanced world of digital music. With the aid of the ZD3 Guitar Synthesizer Driver, any 6-string electric guitar can be used to play, with accurate expression and instant response, the synthesized sounds of the Z3.

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-MIDI Guitar List
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-Using MIDI Guitar
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The Z3 Guitar Synthesizer features:

  • Extremely responsive, instant operation with accurate pitch-to-digital data conversion -even when bending strings.
  • Multi-timbral operation (allowing each string to play a different Program).
  • Comprehensive editing functions, including control over MIDI channels for playing additional synthesizers and recording to sequencers.
  • Built-in tuner.
  • Built-in reverb.
  • Footswitch control of various functions.
  • Chromatic/continuous pitch bend selection.
  • Patch Play function for increased ease in calling up Programs in live performance.

TUNER

The Z3 is equipped with a built-in tuner for matching the tuning of the guitar to the internal sound source of the Z3. Whether the Z3's operation is in Mode A or Mode B, the tuner function can be used by pressing the TUNER key. The LED of the key will light up and the following display will appear:
(The image of the display is not available)
Indicates pitch setting (standard pitch)

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Set the standard pitch by using the INCREMENT/DECREMENT keys.

The STRING SELECT LED corresponding to the string which was last played will be lit up.

MODE A

All operations and functions of the Z3 Guitar Synthesizer can be grouped into one of two conditions: PLAY or EDIT. In PLAY, of course, the sounds, functions and settings of the Z3 can be used "as is"; in EDIT, they can be changed.

Mode A is the basic playing mode of the Z3 Guitar Synthesizer, and in it only the PLAY condition is possible. It is the simpler of the two modes included on this instrument, and initially, until you become more familiar with the capabilities of the Z3, you probably won't need to stray from Mode A.

NOTE: When you turn the power on, the currently selected mode, A or B, will be shown on the display for a couple of seconds.

SETTING OPERATION OF THE Z3 TO MODE A

As delivered from the factory, your Z3 Guitar Synthesizer has been set to operate in Mode A. If or when the Z3 is not set to Mode A, here's what to do:

  1. Turn off the power of the Z3.
  2. Using a sharp, pointed object (such as a ball-point pen or a small screwdriver), move the MODE switch on the rear panel to 'A'.
  3. Turn the power back on.
Changing the setting of the MODE switch when the power is on has no effect on the operation of the Z3.

MODE B

Mode B lets you access the various editing and patch creation features of the Z3.

SWITCHES THAT DO NOT FUNCTION IN MODE B

Performance functions of the Z3 are set for each string in Mode B as part of the programs; as a result, no real time on/off switching of these individual functions can be done and the following switches are inactive:

  • The OCTAVE DOWN key
  • The OCTAVE UP key
  • The BEND ON/OFF key
  • The SENSITIVITY Hi/Lo key

The OCTAVE DOWN and UP keys are used in this mode for parameter selection. All other switches and functions are active as normal.

EDIT MODE

ENTERING THE EDIT MODE

The Edit Mode is a sub-mode of Mode B. In other words, to use the Edit Mode, the Z3's operation must be switched (after turning the power off) to Mode B.

SPECIFICATIONS: ZD3 GUITAR SYNTHESIZER DRIVER

Controls:

  • Synthesizer master volume control
  • Program DOWN/UP keys
  • Gain adjust dials for strings 1 though 6
  • Peak LED Indicator

Connectors:

  • Guitar input jack
  • 24-pin connector

SPECIFICATIONS: Z3 GUITAR SYNTHESIZER

Method: Divided Pickup
Sound Source: 6 voice Digital
Number of Program: 128
Number of Set Program: 128 Mode B
Effects: Digital Reverb 16-bit
Tuner: Digital Chromatic Tuner; Calibration 438~445 Hz
Front Panel:

  • GUITAR INPUT
  • REMOTE INPUT
  • PHONES
  • VOLUME
More MIDI guitar:
-MIDI Guitar List
-Roland Guitar Synths
-Casio MIDI Guitars
-Using MIDI Guitar
-MIDI Guitar Solo
Rear Panel:
  • OUTPUT L/MONO
  • OUTPUT R
  • GUITAR OUTPUT
  • PEDAL SW JACK
  • MDI IN
  • MDI OUT

Power Requirements: 24W
Weight: 4.5 Kg (9 lbs l4 oz)
Dimensions: 482(W) x 332.5(D) x 44(H) mm (19(W) x 13.3(D) x 1.7(H) inch)
Options: ZD3 (divided pickup), FC-6, PS-i, PS-2

This information is almost certainly copyright © by Korg. It was graciously provided to Troubador Tech by Z3 owner Robert Parent.


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