syn·the·siz·er | \ˈsin(t)-thə-ˌsī-zər \

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

While most anime conventions have K-pop or J-pop performances, Anime Midwest will host more than a dozen live bands from different genres, including hard rock and Vocaloid (computerized voice synthesizer), along with two overnight EDM raves. Savannah Eadens,, "Cosplay and manga reign, as Anime Midwest comes to Rosemont," 6 July 2018 On keyboards and synthesizers are the aforementioned Mr. McCrary, who is a member of Quetzal; Neal Evans, who works with Soulive and Lettuce; Anthony Brewster, once a member of Fishbone and the Untouchables; and DJ Harrison. Jim Fusilli, WSJ, "‘Boarding House Reach’ by Jack White Review: A Bluesman’s New Friends," 21 Mar. 2018 Or Jonny Greenwood would go bonkers on a synthesizer and O’Brien would conjure noises on his foot pedals while Thom Yorke sang, danced and shook maracas. Greg Kot,, "Radiohead keeps things volatile at United Center," 7 July 2018 The surface of the new songs is glossy and tuneful, with bubbling synthesizers and knowingly retro echoes of the 1970s and ’80s. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Behind the Cartoon Gorillaz, Damon Albarn Is a Man Alone," 27 June 2018 His slightly melancholy songs have echoes of R&B, hip-hop, eighties synthesizer pop, and American folk music. Carina Chocano, Vogue, "Khalid Talks High School Prom, Going Platinum, and Getting A New Puppy," 20 June 2018 Danny is raised on the instrumental mood music his father loved, pop hits set to strings or Moog synthesizer. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Chronicle: Measure for Measure," 11 May 2018 Naturally, the mind wanders to other acts that have embraced synthesizers and reverb as the world continues its love affair with '80s sounds and aesthetics. Eder Campuzano,, "With 'I'll Be Your Girl,' The Decemberists take a new path to the same destination (review)," 16 Mar. 2018 Two chords, a jumbo march beat, and a hall of mirrors of synthesizers, voices and changing reverb provide a heroic platform for self-questioning. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: Alessia Cara Grows Up, and 12 More New Songs," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of synthesizer

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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