An Omnichord is an electronic musical instrument, introduced in 1981 and manufactured by the Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation. It typically features a touch plate, and buttons for major, minor, and diminished chords. The most basic method of playing the instrument is to press the chord buttons and swipe the touch plate with a finger or guitar pick in imitation of strumming a stringed instrument.
Puremagnetik has taken the Omnichord concept to a new level, building a sophisticated adaptation of a truly classic instrument.
Digital Strumming - To emulate bi-directional strumming, Ultrakord has the Harpomatik instruments with key down and release strum samples. Seven One-Finger-Chords are mapped across seven octaves to make them all available in every key.
Accompaniment - Ultrakord includes all of the accompaniment sounds for programming your own patterns. Drums, percussion, bass, guitar and organ are all built into the RhythmSection instruments. The same seven octave layout is used to make all One-Finger-Chords available for the guitar and organ tones. In addition, Ultrakord includes 30 new patterns using the RhythmSection instruments just to get you started.
Multichannel - Three melodic tones have been multi-sampled to allow for more expressive playing. This includes the individual tones as well as several Triplex instruments.
The Ableton Live version of Ultrakord includes three Strumplex Instrument Racks which emulate the electronic strumming of the Omnichord. The Auto Kord function gives you One-Finger-Play chords mapped across seven octaves. Or shut off the Auto Kord macro and play whatever chords you choose (with all your fingers). Either way, you can use the Auto Strum feature to choose from several strumming patterns.
Puremagnetik sound designer Brian Cass sets up an Ultrakord tracking session
• Sampled Strums of all 84 Chord Variations for One-Finger-Play • Multi-sampled Bass and Melodic tones • Individual instrument modules as well as combined multi-channel instruments • Over 30 Loops of new accompaniment patterns • Custom Ableton Racks, Kontakt KSP GUI and Logic Channel Strips
• Requires Ableton Live 8.1, Logic 8 or Kontakt 3.5 • 500 MB of physical RAM • 200 Megabytes (MB) of free hard disk space