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 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 For decades, Björk has been renowned for layering synthesizers and electronic effects on top of her indelible singing voice to push pop music's boundaries (not to mention music videos full of cutting-edge CGI). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Björk made music’s first “VR pop album”—she opens up about its heartbreak," 13 Sep. 2019 Kidjo is probably Africa’s most widely respected international vocalist, and one of its hungriest synthesizers of culture and ideas. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "It’s Angélique Kidjo’s Birthday, and Her Country’s Too," 12 Mar. 2020 Hancock moved effortlessly between his three keyboards — space-agey on his synthesizer, masterful on his Fazioli grand piano and a wild man on his portable keyboard, especially in dialogues with Terrace Martin’s sax and Lionel Loueke’s guitar. Los Angeles Times, "Review: L.A. Phil and Herbie Hancock open the risk-taking Power to the People! festival," 6 Mar. 2020 It’s soon joined by several delicate synthesizer sounds. William D. Moylan, Smithsonian, "How the Beatles Took Recording Technology to a New Level in ‘Abbey Road’," 2 Oct. 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 29 May. 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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