Today I received my latest eBay purchase in the mail: a Suzuki Omnichord OM-84. Add a star to my hipster cred wall. Nevertheless I love the (analog) sound and playability of these instruments. There were a few variations and you can buy new digital models with MIDI called Qchords. If you have an iPad and you want some Omnichordness download the very good Polychord app (link). There’s a good blog that covers old Omnis here: Any of you Wire to the Ear readers own an Omnichord?

“The Omnichord is an electronic musical instrument, introduced in 1981 and manufactured by the Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation. It typically features a touch plate, and buttons for major, minor, and diminished chords. The most basic method of playing the instrument is to press the chord buttons and swipe the touch plate with a finger or guitar pick in imitation of strumming a stringed instrument.” – Wikipedia

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This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 2, 2012 at 11:10 am, filed under drum machine, hardware and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.


5 Responses to “Omnichord”

  1. James Lewin says:

    Is The Horrorist going folktronica?

  2. Chris says:

    Lovely! I have an OM84, I think that was the last of the analogue ones? They’re really nice song writing tools. Great to plug into reverbs, delay etc.

  3. endai says:

    in my former band we used a lot of omnichord. amazing instruments, and people in the audience always loved it. always nice when it got slower when running out of batteries ;-)

  4. Ben says:

    Just used an Omnichord for a new song, they’re great!

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