vo·​cod·​er ˈvō-ˈkō-dər How to pronounce vocoder (audio)
: an electronic mechanism that reduces speech signals to slowly varying signals transmittable over communication systems of limited frequency bandwidth

Examples of vocoder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Martin spent the set switching among the saxophone, synths, the vocoder and doing live production. Nereya Otieno, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2023 Musicians have costumed themselves into robots for a long time—first as a sci-fi lark, with the vocoder in the 1970s, and then for all sorts of expressive chaos, with Auto-Tune in the 21st century. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 10 Nov. 2023 The track, which has been hailed for its use of a vocoder machine (now referred to as Auto-Tune), spent four weeks at No. 1 and a total of 31 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 15 Nov. 2023 The authors outlined two general strategies to convert human speech into a digital signal: voice-waveform digitization methods and vocoder methods. IEEE Spectrum, 7 Nov. 2022 Tate and her dancers seesaw in pink two-pieces and sneakers, executing some pop-girl choreography befitting the bubblegum vocoder vocals and dance beat. Zoe Guy, Vulture, 27 Oct. 2023 Her voice, brimming with layers of rich vocoder notes, mournfully tries to make sense of the passing, while also acknowledging the end of her friend’s pain. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 23 June 2023 Stripping the layers away, listeners hear human voices behind the vocoders, the vocoders that are used to create robot voices. Jem Aswad, Variety, 12 May 2023 The rest of Random Access Memories 10th Anniversary bonus tracks include outtakes, early versions, demos, and vocoder tests of songs that both made and didn’t make the final track list. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 12 May 2023 See More

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Word History


voice coder

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vocoder was in 1939

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“Vocoder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocoder. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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