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Omni brings the sound of the Suzuki Omnichord to Ableton Live. The Omnichord is like an electronic autoharp, letting you produce electronic-sounding strummed arpeggios using a touch plate. Originally released in 1981, the Omnichord’s cheap but charming sound and hands-on character have made it a favourite of artists like Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois, Gorillaz and Mark Mothersbaugh. The Live rack instruments in Omni strive to recreate the Omnichord in Ableton Live with more modern flexibility and without the high current prices.
Omni² is an updated version of my original Omnichord plugin pack, which I released for Live 9 in 2018. The new pack features the same sounds with new Live racks rebuilt for Ableton Live 11. The brand new Macro Variations feature makes the racks much more flexible without relying on memorising specific keyranges. Just use the Macro variations list to choose Strum type, keys, scales and chord types and which sounds to use. Additionally, the classic Omnichord OM-36 strings and organ sounds have been resampled less background noise than the original pack. Brand new diatonic, chord-type and DAW-synced racks have been created to take the Omnichord sound even further.
The original Omnichord was a versatile instrument. The touch plates strums, called SonicStrings, are the most recognisable sound, but the Omnichord also produces organ-like chords, percussion loops and auto-bass sounds. These features are recreated and expanded in Omni with the following Ableton Racks:
Arp, organ and drum sounds are Omni racks in Ableton Live 11.
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.
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.