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Details of the new Suzuki Omnichord OM-108

Make Your Own Kind of Music OMNI CHORD OM-108

OM-108

What is Omnichord?

Released in 1981, the Omnichord is an electronic musical instrument with an automatic accompaniment
function (auto bass/chord) and equipped with a harp sensor. By pressing a chord button and sliding
your finger on the harp sensor (strumplate), an arpeggio corresponding to the chord is heard,
allowing anyone to easily accompany a song. Omnichord does not require any previous musical
experience with an instrument, or even knowledge of staff notation. All that is needed are the chord
names required to play a song which is a method commonly known as ‘tab’. Combined with its
portability, Omnichord became extremely popular, especially in Europe and America as a new musical
instrument that anyone can enjoy anywhere. In addition, due to the unique electronic sounds that are
reminiscent of the 80’s, and the tactile way musical expressions are achieved, Omnichord has
developed cult status around the world. It not only appears in recorded music, but also publicity
photos, and has featured in the titles of songs and albums. The Omnichord name was discontinued
after the OM-300 (released in 1996), but its popularity as a unique musical instrument has endured
the test of time, and now, over 40 years later the Omnichord returns with the OM-108.

  • You can play accompaniment straight away,

    even if you
    have never played a musical instrument before.

    You can play accompaniment straight away, even if you have never played a musical instrument before.

    Simply press a chord button and slide your finger on the strumplate. In this way, you can
    play accompaniment to almost any song on the very same day you first try the Omnichord!


    SUZUKI Omnichord OM-108 feature vol.01【スズキオムニコードOM-108特長vol.01】

  • The sound of the classic OM-84 is

    reproduced with analogue circuits.

    The sound of the classic OM-84 is reproduced with analogue circuits.

    We put a great deal of effort into the design of the Omnichord so that it accurately
    reproduces the sound of the OM-84, a model that is hailed as a masterpiece for its tone
    and versatility. To achieve this in the OM-108, we decided to apply the same method for
    sound creation as the OM-84, incorporating real analogue circuitry into the new model.
    In total, the OM-108 is equipped with 10 types of strumplate tones, whilst “omni1” and
    “omni2” reproduce the classic sound of the OM-84, revived for future generations to
    enjoy.


    SUZUKI Omnichord OM-108 feature vol.02【スズキオムニコードOM-108特長vol.02】

  • Equipped with both retro and new tones.

    Equipped with both retro and new tones.

    The OM-108 includes a selection of timeless instrument tones that are both retro and
    current. The “celeste”, “harp”, and “piano” featured in previous models. The “FM piano”
    tone is new, this is an electric piano sound that helped define 1980s music. The OM-108
    is equipped with “omni1” and “omni2” which use real analog circuitry. Other tones are
    reproduced using PCM sound generation.


    There are 10 tones…omni1/omni2/harp/celeste/A.piano/guitar/FM piano/organ/vibes/banjo(omni1 and omni2 have the same Main Voice but different Sub Voices).


    SUZUKI Omnichord OM-108 feature vol.03【スズキオムニコードOM-108特長vol.03】

  • Layer function that creates expression of sound.

    Layer function that creates expression of sound.

    The model OM-84 was equipped with two electronic harp tones, allowing the tones to be
    layered and played. OM-108 reproduces this function. A tone that sounds beautiful when
    layered with the Main Voice has been assigned as a Sub Voice. To control each layer,
    simply turn the appropriate Volume knob. This enables real time control changes adding
    expression to your sound.


    SUZUKI Omnichord OM-108 feature vol.04【スズキオムニコードOM-108特長vol.04】

  • Updated rhythm selection with popular drum beats.

    Updated rhythm selection with popular drum beats.

    Even though many rhythms included in the OM-108 share the same names as previous models,
    they have been updated to incorporate rhythm patterns that are current. Also, for the
    first time on Omnichord, a trap beat (Hip Hop) has been included. We have selected
    “usable” rhythms that will allow you to play a wider variety of songs.


    There are 10 kinds of rhythm…rock1/rock2/slow rock/country/swing/disco/hip hop/funk/bossanova/waltz


    SUZUKI Omnichord OM-108 feature vol.05【スズキオムニコードOM-108特長vol.05】

  • Adding sus4 and add9

    allows OM-108 to play 108 chords

    Adding sus4 and add9 allows OM-108 to play 108 chords

    The “sus4”’ and “add9” chords, often used in popular music, have been added. It is now
    possible to play a total of 108 chord types, hence the model number ‘OM-108’. The
    Omnichord has developed into an instrument that can be played more intuitively without
    having to substitute other chords.


    SUZUKI Omnichord OM-108 feature vol.06【スズキオムニコードOM-108特長vol.06】

  • Sensitive strumplate that

    fully expresses light touch playing.

    Sensitive strumplate that fully expresses light touch playing.

    Equipped with a wide type strumplate similar to models OM-100 onwards. Every corner of
    the plate responds sensitively to light touch, so you can concentrate on playing without
    stress.


    SUZUKI Omnichord OM-108 feature vol.07【スズキオムニコードOM-108特長vol.07】

  • Possible to play a melody

    using the chord buttons.

    Possible to play a melody using the chord buttons.

    When you press the “KEYBOARD” button, the chord buttons can be played as a 20-key melody
    keyboard(octave shift up and down is possible)*, and you can also layer tones.

    *When the tone “omin1” is selected, the sound is monophonic, and when other selections
    are selected, the sound is polyphonic.


    SUZUKI Omnichord OM-108 feature vol.08【スズキオムニコードOM-108特長vol.08】

  • Drum pad on both chord

    buttons and strumplate.

    Drum pad on both chord buttons and strumplate.

    In addition to the melody keyboard, the OM-108 is equipped with drum pad mode for the
    first time as a function (when the “KEYBOARD” button is pressed). Owners of the OM-108
    will be pleased to note the drum pad is assigned not only to the chord button, but also
    to the strumplate. This allows for the creation of interesting beats using the OM-108
    retro drum kits.


    SUZUKI Omnichord OM-108 feature vol.09【スズキオムニコードOM-108特長vol.09】

  • Expand sound with MIDI OUT

    MIDI OUTで音色の拡張

    The OM-108 not only sends chords and strumplate data, but also drum performance
    information from MIDI OUT. Strumplate information can be sent on two MIDI channels,
    allowing you to layer tones with external MIDI sound sources, or to layer the OM-108
    internal sounds with external sound sources. The OM-108 has evolved into an instrument
    that invites you to explore more creative sounds using MIDI.


    SUZUKI Omnichord OM-108 feature vol.10【スズキオムニコードOM-108特長vol.10】

  • Can be switched to

    OM-84 drum kit.

    Can be switched to OM-84 drum kit.

    The OM-108 includes rhythm voicing from the OM-84, which is extremely popular for its
    early 1980s retro sound. You can switch the rhythm tones between OM-108 and OM-84 by
    using a special ‘power-on’ operation.


    SUZUKI Omnichord OM-108 feature vol.11【スズキオムニコードOM-108特長vol.11】

Play anytime, anywhere.
Play anytime, anywhere.

Play anytime,

anywhere.

Although it has a built-in speaker, the Omnichord is small, lightweight, and
battery-powered*, making it easy to carry and play.
Connect an external amplifier and headphones, and you can perform anywhere, such as in the
studio, performing at a live venue, or just playing in your bedroom!

*Powered by 8, AA batteries or dedicated AC adapter (both sold separately).

REAL-TIME CONTROL.
REAL-TIME CONTROL.

REAL-TIME

CONTROL.

Using “REAL TIME CONTROL”, the OM-108 integrates multiple functions for switching the way
chords and rhythms are played. Whether you want to add bass accompaniment or start with a
drum prelude, you can easily switch in real time even during a performance.

The built-in speaker can also be used as a monitor.
The built-in speaker can also be used as a monitor.

The built-in speaker

can also be used
as a monitor.

When connecting to an external speaker etc., you can turn on/off the sound produced by the
speaker of the instrument. This is useful when you want to monitor your own sound during
live performances. This is a new feature included on the OM-108 in direct response to user’s
requests.

Topics

  • 2024.01.25

    Announced at NAMM show

Accessories

AC adapter

AC adapter

100-240VAD1-1210A(100-120V)

AD3-1210A(220-240V)

Strap button

Strap buttonOSB-108

Gig Bag

Gig BagOGB-108

Omnichord History

  • PC-27

    PC-27

    An electronic musical instrument that was the predecessor of the OM-27. Commonly
    known as Portachord or Tronichord (market dependent)

    [Strumplate] 4 octave, tone/harp
    [Chord] 45 chords
    [Body color] Ivory
  • OM-36 OM-84

    (System One/System Two)

    OM-36 OM-84

    OM-36 OM-84

    (System One/System Two)Simultaneous release of two models
    in 1984.

    [Strumplate] 4 octave tones / OM-36 (harp) OM-84 (harp x 2)

    *Only
    OM-84 has 2 harp patterns.

    [Chord] 84 chords
    [Rhythm] Rock 1, Rock 2, Disco, Latin, Country, March, Tango, Blues, Swing, Waltz
    [Body color] OM-36 (beige) OM-84 (gray, ivory)
    [Remarks] Only OM-84 is equipped with functions such as keyboard, transpose, and
    chord memory.

    *The image is OM-84
  • OM-150 OM-250M

    OM-150 OM-250M

    OM-150 OM-250MSimultaneous release of two models in 1993

    [Strumplate] 4 octaves Tone / Omnichord, Guitar, Harp, Banjo, Strings, Piano, Organ,
    Bossa Nova, Celeste, Marimba, Steel Drum
    [Chord] 84 chords
    [Rhythm] Rock 1, Rock 2, Rock 3, March, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Samba, Waltz
    [Body color] OM-150 (beige)

    OM-250M (gray)
    [Remarks] OM-250M included additional functions such as keyboard, transpose, MIDI
    OUT, and chord memory.

    *The image is OM-250M
  • Qchord QC-1

    Qchord QC-1

    Qchord QC-1Released in 1999 and advertised as the Digital Song Card
    Guitar

    [Strumplate] 4 octaves 100GM tone
    [Chord] 36 soft touch buttons, 84 chords
    [Rhythm] Bossa Nova, Country, Dance, Jazz, New Age, March, Waltz, Ballad, Rock,
    Blues Shuffle
    [Remarks] Song data can be played back with song and rhythm cartridges.
  • OM-27

    OM-27

    OM-27Released in 1981

    [Strumplate] 4 octave, tone/harp
    [Chord] 27 chords
    [Rhythm] Rock, Waltz, Slow Rock, Latin Foxtrot, Swing
    [Body Color] Brown, Ivory, Red
  • OM-100 OM-200M

    OM-100 OM-200M

    OM-100 OM-200MIn 1989, Two models released simultaneously

    [Strumplate] 4 octaves Tone/Guitar, Piano, Banjo, Jazz Organ, Flute, Organ, Chime,
    Brass, Vibe, Synth
    [Chord] 84 chords
    [Rhythm] Rock 1, Rock 2, Disco, Blues, March, Country, Latin, Bossa Nova, Swing,
    Waltz
    [Body color] OM-100 (beige)

    OM-200M (gray)
    [Remarks] OM-200M includes additional functions such as keyboard, transpose, MIDI
    OUT, and chord memory.

    *The image is OM-200M
  • OM-300

    OM-300

    OM-300Released in 1996

    [Strumplate] 4 octaves Tones/Omnichord, Guitar, Harp, Banjo, Strings, Piano, Organ,
    Celeste, Marimba, Steel drum
    [Chord] 84 chords
    [Rhythm] Rock 1, Rock 2, Rock 3, March, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Bossa Nova,
    Samba, Waltz
    [Body color] beige

  • PC-27

    PC-27

    An electronic musical instrument that was the predecessor of the OM-27. Commonly
    known as Portachord or Tronichord (market dependent)

    [Strumplate] 4 octave, tone/harp
    [Chord] 45 chords
    [Body color] Ivory
  • OM-27

    OM-27

    OM-27Released in 1981

    [Strumplate] 4 octave, tone/harp
    [Chord] 27 chords
    [Rhythm] Rock, Waltz, Slow Rock, Latin Foxtrot, Swing
    [Body Color] Brown, Ivory, Red
  • OM-36 OM-84 (System One/System Two)

    OM-36 OM-84

    OM-36 OM-84 (System One/System Two)Simultaneous release of two models in
    1984.

    [Strumplate] 4 octave tones / OM-36 (harp) OM-84 (harp x 2)

    *Only
    OM-84 has 2 harp patterns.

    [Chord] 84 chords
    [Rhythm] Rock 1, Rock 2, Disco, Latin, Country, March, Tango, Blues, Swing, Waltz
    [Body color] OM-36 (beige)

    OM-84 (gray, ivory)
    [Remarks] Only OM-84 is equipped with functions such as keyboard, transpose, and chord
    memory.

    *The image is OM-84
  • OM-100 OM-200M

    OM-100 OM-200M

    OM-100 OM-200MIn 1989, Two models released simultaneously

    [Strumplate] 4 octaves Tone/Guitar, Piano, Banjo, Jazz Organ, Flute, Organ, Chime, Brass,
    Vibe, Synth
    [Chord] 84 chords
    [Rhythm] Rock 1, Rock 2, Disco, Blues, March, Country, Latin, Bossa Nova, Swing,
    Waltz
    [Body color] OM-100 (beige)

    OM-200M (gray)
    [Remarks] OM-200M includes additional functions such as keyboard, transpose, MIDI OUT,
    and chord memory.

    *The image is OM-200M
  • OM-150 OM-250M

    OM-150 OM-250M

    OM-150 OM-250MSimultaneous release of two models in 1993

    [Strumplate] 4 octaves Tone / Omnichord, Guitar, Harp, Banjo, Strings, Piano, Organ,
    Bossa Nova, Celeste, Marimba, Steel Drum
    [Chord] 84 chords
    [Rhythm] Rock 1, Rock 2, Rock 3, March, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Samba, Waltz
    [Body color] OM-150 (beige)

    OM-250M (gray)
    [Remarks] OM-250M included additional functions such as keyboard, transpose, MIDI OUT,
    and chord memory.

    *The image is OM-250M
  • OM-300

    OM-300

    OM-300Released in 1996

    [Strumplate] 4 octaves Tones/Omnichord, Guitar, Harp, Banjo, Strings, Piano, Organ,
    Celeste, Marimba, Steel drum
    [Chord] 84 chords
    [Rhythm] Rock 1, Rock 2, Rock 3, March, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Bossa Nova, Samba,
    Waltz
    [Body color] beige
  • Qchord QC-1

    Qchord QC-1

    Qchord QC-1Released in 1999 and advertised as the Digital Song Card
    Guitar

    [Strumplate] 4 octaves 100GM tone
    [Chord] 36 soft touch buttons, 84 chords
    [Rhythm] Bossa Nova, Country, Dance, Jazz, New Age, March, Waltz, Ballad, Rock, Blues
    Shuffle
    [Remarks] Song data can be played back with song and rhythm cartridges.

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