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The Omnichord is an electronic musical instrument manufactured by Suzuki Musical Instruments since 1981 . It is the successor to the Tronichord and the predecessor of the Q-Chord .

The omnichord


It is operated by pressing buttons that specify the root notes or chords and a touch-sensitive sensor (strumplate). This sensor enables both single tones and (by stroking over) several tones to be triggered, similar to a zither or harp. The choice of chords results in a playing style that is comparable to the guitar, with the strumplate comprising four octaves. The instruments also offer a rhythmic accompaniment . With the Omnichord, this has the typical sound of electronic sound generators from the 1980s, as can also be found in the small keyboards from Casio .


The later Omnichord models OM200m and OM300 already have a MIDI -out interface, like the later Q-Chord .


In contrast to the Anglo-Saxon region, both Omnichord and Q-Chord are very rarely used in German-speaking countries. The German band Trio used the omnichord for the song Turaluraluralu - Ich mach BuBu what are you doing concisely; just like the Berlin band Von Wegen Lisbeth in their song "Drüben bei Penny".

The omnichord is a popular object in the circuit bending scene, whereby modifications to the sound are generated by interfering with the circuit board.


  • Joker Nies, article with a detailed description of the Omnichord, in: Keyboards Magazin issue 10/2004.

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