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 Much can be said about the effects of technology on popular music over the years, but few inventions were as pivotal to the progression of modern music as the introduction of the synthesizer. Popular Science, "The best vintage-inspired analog keyboards and synthesizers," 26 May 2020 Other vintage reissues include an official Record Store Day LP/DVD/Blu-Ray release for a five-time Grammy nominee/synthesizer player named Suzanne Ciaini. Chris Davidson, al, "Local record label releases both new and vintage records," 15 Apr. 2020 Its verses feature only Casablancas’s voice and a synthesizer. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Strokes’ Eerily Prescient “The New Abnormal”," 13 Apr. 2020 In fact, sound designers made baby talk recordings and married the tones with a synthesizer to get R2-D2's nearly human sounds. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A weightlifting hero, Kung Fu nuns and an adorable Christmas thief," 21 Dec. 2019 Florian Schneider, one of the founders of Kraftwerk, the German band that revolutionized pop music with synthesizers and electronic beats, died of cancer. Victoria Shannon, New York Times, "Britain, Antibodies, Bundesliga: Your Friday Briefing," 8 May 2020 The pair were highly influential pioneers of the genre featuring electrical musical instruments like synthesizers and drum machines. Rosy Cordero,, "Florian Schneider, electronic music pioneer and co-founder of Kraftwerk, dies at 73," 6 May 2020 Rush’s music altered through the decades — embracing synthesizers and electronics, reclaiming power-trio muscle — but never shied away from musical challenges or grand verbal conceits., "Neil Peart, drummer for Rush, dies at 67," 10 Jan. 2020 Distortion-saturated guitars, synthesizers squealing like tea kettles and tribal drums give country tradition a swift kick in the back side. Greg Kot,, "Sturgill Simpson review: ‘Sound & Fury’ aims to blow up speakers and country music boundaries," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of synthesizer

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Synthesizer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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