Omni²

Omnichord for Ableton Live

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Omni is an innovative Ableton Live plugin that meticulously captures the unique sound and feel of the Suzuki Omnichord, an electronic autoharp first introduced in 1981. Known for its distinctive electronic-sounding strummed arpeggios produced using a touch plate, the Omnichord has garnered a following among artists like Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois, Gorillaz, and Mark Mothersbaugh. Its simple yet captivating sound and hands-on playability have made it a cherished instrument. Omni brings this classic instrument into the modern era, recreating the Omnichord in Ableton Live with enhanced flexibility and functionality, all while avoiding the current high prices associated with acquiring the original hardware.

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Freshly Updated for Live 11

Omni² represents a significant upgrade from the original Omnichord plugin pack I released for Live 9 in 2018. This updated version is rebuilt for Ableton Live 11 and retains the charm of the original sounds while introducing the new Macro Variations feature. This addition greatly enhances the racks’ flexibility, allowing users to effortlessly switch between strum types, keys, scales, chord types, and sound selections without the need to memorize specific key ranges. 

Moreover, the classic Omnichord OM-36 strings and organ sounds have been resampled with less background noise, offering a cleaner, more refined audio experience. Brand new diatonic, chord-type, and DAW-synced racks have also been developed to push the Omnichord’s sonic capabilities even further.

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Features

The original Omnichord was a versatile instrument, known not only for its SonicStrings touch plates strums but also for producing organ-like chords, percussion loops, and auto-bass sounds. Omni expands upon these features with a series of Ableton Racks designed to recreate and enhance the Omnichord experience:
  • The Omni Strum rack lets you play any chords on your MIDI keyboard and it’ll arpeggiate them as though played on an Omnichord. This lets you play chord types and voicings not possible with the original hardware instruments.
  • Triads and Sevenths racks trigger diatonic chord strums using single keys. Just set the key and scale of the rack to match your song and all chord strums will be in key. All strums will be triggered in identical inversions to the original Omnichord and higher and lower octaves change the range of strum.
  • Synced racks have the strum speed synced to DAW tempo. Useful for when you want strums or arpeggios to be perfectly in tempo with your track.
  • Organ patches recreate the Omnichord chord buttons. These can be triggered as Triad or Seventh chords using a single keys in the same voicings as on the original instrument. Alternatively, the main Organ rack lets you play the organ sound like any other keyboard instruments letting you play your own chords.
  • Drum Loops and Bass Loops let you play the drum and auto-bass rhythm loops. These are Simpler racks synced to DAW-tempo.
  • The MIDI Effect Rack devices feature the arpeggiator and chord devices without any sounds loaded. Place these MIDI racks before any synth, sample or instrument to get the Omnichord strumming style with sounds of your choices.
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Omnichord Demos

Arp, organ and drum sounds are Omni racks in Ableton Live 11.

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Requirements

To use the Omni patches you will need a copy of Ableton Live 11. These devices will not work on older versions of Ableton Live.

The Omni devices work with all Editions of Ableton Live 11, including Lite, Intro and Standard.

Free Update

If you bought the original version of Omni, you are entitled to upgrade to this new, updated version for free. If you don't have a customer account already, create one using the email address you used to purchase the original Omni pack.

Once you have an account, you can download the updated Omni² pack from the Downloads section of your user account. If you have any issues, just get in touch with your original order details.

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Omni²

Bundles

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Omni² is also available in the Ableton Sounds Bundle and the Everything Bundle.