Omnichord

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An Omnichord is an electronic musical instrument, introduced in 1981 and manufactured by the Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation. It typically features a touch plate, and buttons for major, minor, and diminished chords. The most basic method of playing the instrument is to press the chord buttons and swipe the touch plate with a finger or guitar pick in imitation of strumming a stringed instrument.

The Omnichord we have sampled here is a ‘System Two’, and it has a great synth tone, which sounds ‘cheap’ in all the right ways. You can mix two different tones, one straight, and one modulated with a basic LFO. While not sounding much like a plucked string, it does have a pure character all its own, which won it many fans, such as Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, to name but two.

We’d like to thank UK producer Neil Davidge for the loan of this particular Omnichord unit.

The Suzuki Omnichord

Compatibility

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Compatible with Kontakt  3, 4, 5 - Full version of Kontakt required( NOT compatible with Free Kontakt Player )

or Apple Logic 8 or Above

or Ableton Live 8.2.2 or higher.