BLIMEY WHAT'S THAT THEN? IT LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF "STARTREK".
If you're thinking of Spock's Vulcan Harp, you're close. The Suzuki Q-Chord is an electronic musical instrument for people who can't play instruments - its great for solo singers and for working out song ideas. Q-Chords have already been sold to Bjork, Jarvis Cocker, Add N to (X) and Echo and the Bunnymen among others.
HOW DOES IT WORK THEN?
The Digital songcard guitar is based on the Omnichord, as used by U2 producer Daniel Lanois, but is better specified and cheaper. You select a chord using the buttons on the left, and strum the touchplate on the right to play arpeggios of notes in the correct key. There are 10 drum rhythms, automatic bass and chord accompaniments, as well as 109 general MIDI-compatible strumplate voices, effects including vibrato, reverb and pitchbend, a built in speaker, battery or mains power, a headphone socket and MIDI sockets.
SO IT'S GOT GENERAL MIDI?
Yup, MIDI IN and OUT, which means that you can connect up to external modules for an even wider range of voices. You can even plug in a song and style cartridge to expand your repertoire.
SOUNDS LIKE A LAUGH IS THERE A DOWNSIDE?
Well you might look a bit of a prat playing it. But its a lot of fun so who cares?
Suzuki Europe. Ltd, tel: 01908 263990
WRITTEN BY CHRIS JENNINGS
from MARCH1-7th 200 edition of