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 band is expert at building tension by creating a simple but potent melody—Chassagne is especially dexterous on a synthesizer—escalating the volume, tamping up the rhythm, and facilitating a sudden, noisy release. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 And Adrian was fiddling about with something on a synthesizer, which was absolutely nonsensical. David Chiu, Forbes, 3 July 2022 Dave Smith, a groundbreaking synthesizer designer, died on May 31 in Detroit. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 8 June 2022 The music features lead vocals and a wash of guitar from Gannon, harmony vocals and synthesizer from Fredock and propulsive bass and tom-tom-heavy drums from Geller and Fusco. Bo Emerson, ajc, 1 July 2022 TikTok is replete with kids pretending to levitate over the tsunami-warning-like sound of Bush’s synthesizer. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 29 June 2022 The first song from the fifth studio album by English singer-songwriter Kate Bush, its opening weave of vanguard Fairlight synthesizer and booming Linn drum signified a cloud-parting rupture in her career and in music writ large. Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 Klingenberg and Sheets mention technological breakthroughs like the electric guitar, the Moog synthesizer and hip-hop’s reimagining of the turntable. Danny Freedman, Washington Post, 7 June 2022 Smith would also develop the world’s first computer synthesizer as president of Seer Systems in the ’90s, and launched the company Dave Smith Instruments, an instruments manufacturer, in 2002. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 2 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of synthesizer

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Aug 2022

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