The Suzuki Omnichord, With A Demo Video That May Lead To Therapy

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The Suzuki Omnichord – a sort of electronic autoharp – was first released in 1981, and is one of the bizarre electronic instrument that have lives beyond their original intent.

A completely unique design using a harmonic strumplate, directly linked to the chord buttons, meant a beginner could play in tune almost instantly, and a more accomplished musician would be able to accompany himself or another vocalist/soloist.

Instrument evolution saw additional sounds and rhythms, chord sequencer (ideal for composing or accompanying), MIDI, and finally a name change with the introduction of the Qchord.

In the video above, Casey Desmond introduces the Omnichord.

Below, Jolene Sugarbaker, trailer park queen, demonstrates some of instruments kitsch appeal.

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In this last video, ElectricPony demonstrates the various functions of the Suzuki Omnichord.

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5 thoughts on “The Suzuki Omnichord, With A Demo Video That May Lead To Therapy

  1. Omni-chord without MIDI ? lame unless you bend it,

    but with MIDI? – it's a lot of fun with your synths imagine if Ms. Desmond had a DSI Prophet 08 in that video – but then the newer versions of the Omni used DSP chips which unfortunately ruel out bending/hacking

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  2. Running the omnichord through dr. scientists sunny day delay pedal is the most heavenly sound I've ever heard and I don't think midi would make that sound any better. :3


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  3. I recently had the privilege of seeing the band Black Moth Super Rainbow live and along with a cs-50 and a cs- 10 in there arsenal they played there song: Twin of Myself which has omnichord underneath it the whole time. Sounded realllllly great. lots of fun….

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