Oberheim Strummer

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The "Strummer" listens to chords played on your MIDI keyboard and plays them back to your MIDI sound source (Synthesizer or Sampler) just as they would be played from a guitar. Not only will the chord voicings be correct, but the chords can actually be "Strummed!" With the "Strummer," you can even change the speed and direction of your "Strums" just by changing the way you play your MIDI keyboard. Also, "Strummer" has the ability to distinguish the difference between chords and single notes, allowing you to send chords out on one MIDI channel (Distorted Guitar Sound for example) while your single notes are sent out on a different channel (i.e. Solo Sound). Your keyboard may have a great guitar sound, but can you play a great guitar part? Yes. The Oberheim Strummer will transform your keyboard playing into a stunning and convincing performance featuring realistic guitar articulation.

By looking at such factors as the range of the guitar, the number of notes being played, chord position, and the velocity of the performance, Strummer can transform the incoming MIDI data out into performance data emulating that of a real guitarist. Performance data may be delayed, echoed, harmonized, transposed and sent back out on multiple MIDI channels. In addition to control over strum direction and speed, the Strummer also features Chord Capture for real time single finger chords. Individual picking patterns and riffs may be assigned to a single key, for real time performance playback. You can even control the number of "strings" being strummed via keyboard velocity.

Some additional features include: Adjustable Delay and Decay Rates. Velocity Switching. Chord Voicing Variations. Chord Capture (Adjustable Single Finger Chords). Transposition of MIDI Delays (Great for MIDI Harmonizing). Ability to synchronize to MIDI Timing Clocks (External Sync). MIDI Program Change.

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4 Visitor comments
December 13, 2013 @ 4:06 pm
very cool instrument, to hook up and finding extraordinary patterns over or under the chorus you're playing. Had this hooked up an emulator II with an ARP Avatar at the end.... and some good ole fuzz..........the jx10 smashed the thick chord sound underneath...

catch the picture? Everyone already has that built in user programmable arpeggiator ;;;))
January 3, 2012 @ 1:50 pm
My unit works, but needs a lot of practising to get out the real guitar feeling. I used to play guitar years ago, but moved to keyboards and then got this used machine. Have not used it much anyway as I have been so busy with other issues than making music.
September 15, 2010 @ 4:45 pm
Chick Corea used this one for a while
September 12, 2010 @ 7:37 am
Mine doesn't so anything. I can't hear any difference. Anybody?
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  • Specifications
  • Multitimbral - Multiple MIDI Channel Output
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiation
  • Keyboard - None. Keyboard Splitting
  • Effects - MIDI Delay (Echo)
  • Control - MIDI, SysEx
  • Date Produced - 1991

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