Suzuki Omnichord OM27 Vintage Gear Review

This vintage gear review, via OmniCave, takes a look at the Suzuki Omnichord OM-27 from 1981.

The Omnichord was designed and marketed to be an anyone-can-play ‘electronic Autoharp’. It features a rhythm section, chord buttons, and a strum plate that lets you play notes from the currently selected chord.

It might have become a kitsch object, if musicians like Daniel Lanois & Brian Eno had not found creative ways to use it. Lanois and Eno made the Omnichord a key part of the sound of
Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, a classic ambient soundtrack from 1981.

If you’ve used the Omnichord, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!

5 thoughts on “Suzuki Omnichord OM27 Vintage Gear Review

  1. Korg’s next recreation. You know you want one. Its almost like a theremin for people who are too drunk to wave their hands in the air. Like.

  2. A lady at a church I went to in the 1980s used an Omnichord to lead the singing.
    I thought I recognized the distinctive rhythm patterns of the Omnichord on songs on Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks.

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