synthesizer

noun
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

The old-synthesizer sounds in the overture raise a smile, and there are many nuanced instrumental moments to savor. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: ’Mamma Mia’ a crowded, loud party at CT Rep," 10 June 2019 Compositionally, these songs are fairly spare—a synthesizer, a pulsing drum machine—which allows Yorke’s strange, mesmerizing voice, sometimes raw and sometimes processed, to anchor each piece. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Thom Yorke’s “Anima” Is His Best Solo Album," 28 June 2019 In the meantime, companies like Playtime Engineering in San Francisco, which designs and sells Blipblox toy music synthesizers assembled in China, is bracing for the next round of tariffs on Chinese imports. CBS News, "How Trump's tariffs on China and Mexico could hurt the U.S. economy," 6 June 2019 One puzzle box acts like a musical synthesizer where each button and dial affects the level’s soundtrack, changing the pitch or adding new notes and effects. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Gnog turns puzzle boxes into fun dioramas," 5 Aug. 2018 Good Things is state-of-the-art contemporary R&B, with a heavier reliance on synthesizers and programming. Philly.com, "Album reviews: Beach House, Van Morrison, Leon Bridges," 10 May 2018 Her chosen instrument for live performance, then and now, is the Buchla 200 modular synthesizer. Michael Calore, WIRED, "Analog Surround-Sound Is Reborn on a New Quadraphonic LP," 31 May 2018 Essential Einaudi will feature a six-piece accompaniment onstage with the composer, with multi-instrumentalists playing violin, cello, organ, synthesizers and electric, acoustic and bass guitar. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Italian Composer Ludovico Einaudi Reaches New Audiences With Intimate North American Tour," 29 June 2018 After the split with Jane, Stephen married, in 1995, Elaine Mason, who had been one of his nurses, and whose former husband had designed Stephen's speech synthesizer. Martin Rees, Newsweek, "A Brief History of My Friend Stephen Hawking, the Man Who Changed Our Times," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of synthesizer

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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synthesizer

noun

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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