syn·​the·​siz·​er | \ ˈsin(t)-thə-ˌsī-zər How to pronounce synthesizer (audio) \

Definition of synthesizer

1 : one that synthesizes an expert synthesizer of diverse views
2 : a usually computerized electronic apparatus for the production and control of sound (as for producing music)

Examples of synthesizer in a Sentence

The band used a synthesizer for the drumbeat.
Recent Examples on the Web Starr was a music teacher and songwriter who played flute, bass, saxophone and an electronic wind synthesizer. Washington Post, 28 May 2021 An obituary on Sunday about Malcolm Cecil, who helped to create a synthesizer prominently featured on four Stevie Wonder albums in the 1970s, misstated part of the name of a song by Mr. Wonder. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2021 Elliott Platt, a 17-year-old Canadian who releases music as ElyOtto, started it while playing around on a synthesizer, only working on the music in the first place after being laid off from his pet-store job due to the pandemic. Justin Curto, Vulture, 23 Apr. 2021 The track opens with sustained notes on a synthesizer, a gentle flood of melody. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 31 Mar. 2021 For the Lost Tapes project, Magenta analyzed the artists’ songs as MIDI files, which works similarly to a player-piano scroll by translating pitch and rhythm into a digital code that can be fed through a synthesizer to recreate a song. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2021 You are carried along not by a rhythm track but by the flickers of Sanders’s horn, the distant sound of a synthesizer, string crescendos suggesting a light just past the horizon. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2021 This app completely replicates the best parts of Korg’s freely playable synth, putting a nearly $300 synthesizer in the palm of your hand. Mallory Johns, Popular Science, 12 Mar. 2021 In addition to singing, Cave played piano, synthesizer, and percussion on the record. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of synthesizer

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jun 2021

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“Synthesizer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of synthesizer

: an electronic machine that produces and controls sound and is used especially in music and for reproducing speech

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