Suzuki Omnichord OM27
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Suzuki Omnichord OM27

Omnichord OM27, キーボードアレンジャー from Suzuki.

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moosers 06/23/2010

Suzuki Omnichord OM27 : moosers のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

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The Suzuki Omnichord OM27 is a unique electronic instrument that is really unlike any other instrument that I've used before. It can be likened to an electronic version of an auto harp. Basically you've got the option to play a number of different chords in either major, minor, or 7th form. You can actually strum on it like a guitar, giving you sort of an arpeggio of the chord that you're pressing down. It also has a slew of a parameters to work with to control the chord sounds, as well as for different beats and rhythms, so in this respect it's like a little keyboard.

UTILIZATION

I haven't found that using the Suzuki Omnichord OM27 is too difficult, as I felt I actually caught on pretty quickly with it. While it's definitely got unique features, the controls are generally self explanatory and are easy to get accustomed to. It's really just the strumming that took me a little while to get used to, but even this isn't very difficult. The best way to get used to using something like this is just with practice, although I can definitely see how the manual might be handy if you can find one for this.

OVERALL OPINION

While I can see how some people might look at the Suzuki Omnichord OM27 as a novelty, I actually think that this is a really awesome and useful instrument. I first became aware of the Omnichords because I know producer Daniel Lanois has used them on a few different records. I just so happens that the studio that I just started working at has one of these, so I was definitely excited to give it a whirl. It's hard to describe the sound of this, but it's really bright and dreamy sounding. I'd encourage those interested to check out some of the videos of this on YouTube to get a better idea of what it sounds like. There are many different versions of the Omnichord, but the OM27 is the only one I've used. These can be found used at a pretty reasonable price if you're interested enough in picking one up...