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.

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Good Things is state-of-the-art contemporary R&B, with a heavier reliance on synthesizers and programming., "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 Not shown in the video: the hours of creating and configuring software synthesizers, both in terms of mapping them to the controller's various methods of input and in terms of the sounds themselves. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "ROLI Songmaker Kit mini-review: Rediscovering my musical roots with fancy new tech," 19 Aug. 2018 Roland is knocking $100 off its SE-02 analog synthesizer through the end of the year, available at a variety of retailers. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "The best Black Friday deals for DJs and electronic musicians," 21 Nov. 2018 Casio’s SK1 was a small sampling keyboard that was popular to customize, but one of the most ubiquitous items used for circuit bending was the Speak & Spell, an electronic educational toy with a speech synthesizer. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Circuit bending: Hacking a Furby in the name of music," 14 Sep. 2018 The original tracks from Patrick had a great string arrangement but played on synthesizers. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Louie Vega Breaks Down 'NYC Disco' Double Album: Exclusive," 29 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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