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Suzuki Omnichord OM-150
Other namesQ-chord
Classification Electronic musical instrument, Synthesizer
Inventor(s)Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation
Related instruments
Tronichord, Autoharp, Keytar
Suzuki Omnichord OM-27
Suzuki Omnichord OM-200m

The Omnichord is an electronic musical instrument introduced in 1981 by the Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation.[1] It typically features a touch plate known as "SonicStrings", preset rhythms, auto-bass line functionality, and buttons for major, minor, and 7th chords. The most basic method of playing the instrument is to press the chord buttons and swipe the SonicStrings with a finger in imitation of strumming a stringed instrument. The SonicStrings may also be touched in one place to create a single note. Originally designed as an electronic Autoharp, the Omnichord has become popular, due to its unique, chiming, harplike timbre and its value as a kitsch object.

The Omnichord and its prototypes, the Tronichord and Portachord (the latter two never reached full production) share many technical and functional similarities. Omnichords feature preset rhythms with a tempo and volume control, as well as an auto-bass line feature, actuated by a button, which the player may use as accompaniment. Several models of the Omnichord were produced that added MIDI compatibility, a selection of voices for the SonicStrings, vibrato, and chord memory. Some Omnichord musicians will play the instrument as a keytar, by strapping the instrument on both ends and playing it as if it were a Keytar.[citation needed]

The Omnichord is still produced by Suzuki, but rebadged as the Q-chord. It features more modern versions of the original Omnichord's features such as PCM sampled sounds, and more rhythms.[2]

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  1. ^ Hills, Bruce (2 June 1982). "Device converts the musically illiterate into instant maestros". The Deseret News.
  2. ^ Orensten, Evan (20 December 2007). "Suzuki Omnichord". Cool Hunting. Archived from the original on 7 September 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Daniel Lanois on 'The Making Of' Brian Eno's 'Apollo'".
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  5. ^ "Long Stories liner notes". Nomark.

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