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 .
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.
- Some pictures of the modification of the Omnichord ( Memento from April 23, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) (English; accessed: November 11, 2013)
- Suzuki Omnichord page (English; accessed: June 13, 2015)
- Video for Time Machine (Living Room Version) by The Great Bertholinis , which prominently shows a stylophone and an omnichord between 1'30 "and 1'47" .