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Suzuki Omnichord OM27

Casey Desmond with her OM27 OmnichordThe OM27 was released in 1981 and became an international overnight success as a truly portable electronic musical instrument. Released in three colours, brown, ivory and red (allegedly), the Omnichord has 27 chords grouped into three rows: major, minor and seventh. The ergonomics are much improved over the Tronichord/Portachord with the 27 tactile chord buttons located centrally.

The Sonic Strings are located just to the right and turned by 90 degrees. This made for a far more comfortable playing experience. The "Instant Off" touch pad is located at the top right hand side of the strumplate which silenced the Omnichord.

The built in speaker is located on the right of the Strumplate whilst the new control panel is on the left of the chord buttons. Like the Tronichord, only one sound is provided for the Stumplate (Harp) however, a new adjustable sustain means the instrument can be played percussively or like a stringed instrument.

The 6 new styles (rhythms) with automatic bass and chords completely opened up the Omnichord and gave Suzuki the much required extra features the Tronichord lacked and a complete marketing program was put into place that has lasted to the present day.

The OM-27 was big news and to celebrate in the United Kingdom, Sir Ian Botham became the face of the initial launch. (See Omnimedia)

  Losing its pluck

OM-27 StrumplatesAlthough the metal touch sensitive plate could be played by hand, the early version OM-27 (left) was also supplied with a special conductive Rubber Plectrum. It became apparent those with dry hands struggled to create a sound and a new touch responsive membrane strumplate design was adopted which could be played more easily. As a result the Plectrum was no longer required. One could retro fit the OM27 with the newly designed plate (right) and these models can easily be recognized by the lack of the 1" plastic moulding directly under the 'instant off' touch plate. This new design has been retained through every model since, including the QC1.

  Specifications

Suzuki OM27

SonicStrings Strumplate Harp Sound. 4 Octaves
Chord Buttons 27 (Major, Minor, 7th)
Rhythms Rock, Waltz, Slow Rock, Latin, Fox Trot, Swing
Controls Master Volume, Harp Volume, Harp Sustain, Chord Volume Rhythm Tempo, Rhythm Volume, Tuning
Switch Buttons Power switch (with Pilot Lamp), 6 Rhythm switches, Syncro Start/ Rhythm Start switch, Auto Bass/Manual Chord switch, Memory switch
Auxiliary Jacks AC Adapter jack, Output jack
Speaker Built in 9,2cm speaker
Body Colour Brown, Ivory, Red
Power 12V D.C. 1.5V battery x 8pcs (SIZE C, R-14) or use Suzuki Adapter (DC12V, 400mA)
Output 2W
Net Weight 1.4Kg
Dimensions 520x280x50

  Accessories

  • OCA Mains Adapter.
  • OCC1 Silver Padded vinyl gig bag with strap and Omnichord Logo. A zipped compartment on the outside for storage of small items (such as the Plectrum)
  • OCC2 A very fine locking hard carry case finished in brown leatherette and gold Omnichord Logo with a plush lined interior and a storage compartment for accessories such as plectrum, adapter and batteries.
  • OCS-7 Amplified Speaker
  • OCM-3 Microphone

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Sound Like a Pro-even if you have never played before!

For the hidden musician in all of us. Suzuki brings you the exciting new OMNICHORD-the accompaniment musical instrument that anyone can easily play the very first time. If you love music but don't know one note from another, Omnichord now makes it possible for you to sound like a Pro-even if you never played before!

 

STRUM THE SONIC STRINGS TOUCHPLATE- JUST LIKE A GUITAR!

Omnichord automatically plays the background music to your favorite songs by providing 27 major, minor or 7th chords that you select. Also choose from six drum patterns or activate the walking bass line. Omnichord can even be strummed like a guitar with the amazing 'Sonic Strings' touchplate. Just select a chord and run your fingers along the electronically charged touchplate. Omnichord does the rest, producing 4 full octaves of your pre-selected chord. Its beautiful professional sound is played through its own built in speaker and internal amplifier. Omnichord is so versatile. it's like playing guitar, organ, piano, bass and drums all the same time! And for concert hall sound, Omnichord can be plugged into your own stereo sound system.

 

MAKE MUSIC INSTANTLY WITH THE ELECTRONIC MUSICOMPUTER OF THE FUTURE!

Powered by batteries or optional AC adapter, Omnichord is completely portable and always in perfect pitch. Quality constructed from unbreakable plastic, Omnichord is packed with the latest, state of the art electronics and includes instruction manual and 1 year warranty. Musician or non-musician alike will be delighted by just how much music this new compact musicomputer can make. Use your Omnichord with Suzuki's specially written Sing-A-Long Songbooks. They contain no traditional music notation-only the words and chord symbols of today's most popular songs. If you know your A B C's it's that easy to make music instantly and play your favorite songs- electronically.

So just for fun at your next party, get-together or social event, bring out that hidden musician by bringing out the best musician in the house- YOU!