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!