Suzuki Omnichord OM36 & OM84
Following the success of the OM27 two new Omnichords landed on Planet Earth, possibly delivered to 'Mork' in person by a Vulcan Princess named T''Pau? These new versions; System One (OM36) and System Two (OM84) were released simultaneously (err...that means together).
Like the OM27 with its 27 chords, the name of the OM36 and OM84 directly related to the amount of chord variations available to the Omnichordist. Three rows of newly designed rubber chord buttons provided 36 major, minor and seventh chords for the OM36 and 84 major, minor, seventh (M & m), augmented and diminished chords for the OM84. The OM84 chord button layout has remained with us on almost all proceeding models including the latest version (QC1)
This model was finished in Beige with matching chord buttons, and panel controls. In addition to the extra chord buttons, 10 new rhythm styles were included with auto accompaniment, alternatively the chords could be played in manual mode. Like the OM27, the OM36 had one strumplate voice with sustain.
Available in Ivory or Grey with colour coded controls, strumplate and chord buttons, the OM84 was a giant step forward. In addition to all the features found on the OM36 the System Two includes twin strumplate voices with variable sustain. The two sounds could be mixed via a double rotary control giving many new possibilities for the SonicStrings. The Chord buttons had an interesting new feature; two colours were used to mimic the layout of 19 piano keys. (C-G). The biggest new addition was the on board Chord Computer allowing the user to record a sequence of chords which could be started and stopped via panel buttons or optional footswitch.
Both models packed a whopping 2 Watts which is surprisingly loud!
|SonicStrings Strumplate||2x Harp Sound, 4 Octaves||Harp Sound, 4 Octaves|
|Chord Buttons||84 chords (Major, Minor, 7th, Major 7th, Minor 7th, Aug., Dim.||36 chords (Major, minor, 7th|
|Keyboards||C-g (19 keys)||-|
|Chord Transpose||Select x 12||-|
|Rhythms||Rock 1, Rock 2, Blues, Tango, Latin, March, Swing, Disco, Country, Waltz||<-|
|Controls||Master volume, Coaxial volume for keyboards and chords, Sustain, Coaxial volume for Voice 1 and 2, Rhythm volume & tempo||Master volume, Sustain, Chord volume, Rhythm volume & tempo|
|Switch Buttons||Power switch (with pilot lamp), rhythm select & 5 rhythm switches, Auto-Bass Sync switch, Chord memory ON/OFF switch (with pilot lamp), Playback/Record switch, Repeat/Delete switch & Playback/Enter switch.||Power switch (with pilot lamp), rhythm select & 5 rhythm switches, Auto-Bass/Manual chord switch, Chord hold switch.|
|Auxiliary Jacks||AC adapter jack, Output jack, Foot pedal jack||AC adapter jack, Output jack|
|Speaker||Built in 9.2cm speaker||<-|
|Power||12V D.C. 1.5V battery x 8pcs (SIZE C, R-14) or use Suzuki Adapter (DC12V, 400mA)||<-|
|Dimensions||520 x 280 x 48 mm||<-|
- OCA Mains Adapter
- OMC-2: Hard Shell Plastic case that was advertised as indestructible...they are still with us some 30 years later so maybe the claim was true!
- OFS-2: Footswitch for starting and stopping the Chord Sequencer
- OSH-84 Songbook (Omnichord Spoken Here)