vo·​cod·​er | \ ˈvō-ˈkō-dər How to pronounce vocoder (audio) \

Definition of vocoder

: 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 Ambiguous lyrical mantras float through raspy vocoders toward a glitchy, percussive hook. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Ardalan Announces Debut LP 'Mr. Good,' Shares Lo-Fi Lead Single 'I Can't Wait': Listen," 13 Aug. 2019 Madonna sings through a vocoder as Blanco thrashes around a circle of judges, newly dressed in saintly garb. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Mykki Blanco Explains 'Surreal' Experience of Working With Madonna on 'Dark Ballet' Video," 7 June 2019 Think high-energy dance tunes with Cher's signature vocals ... and just a hint of vocoder. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Cher Is Releasing an ABBA Cover Album and It Sounds Amazing," 9 Aug. 2018 Zedd mans the keys and the vocoder while Grey handle guitar and drums. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey Meet Ellen in 'The Middle': Watch," 22 May 2018 Cudo and Violent Bear will fill you with indie rock vibes and Rubeo will perform his brand of electro-pop, with keys and a vocoder. Chris Haghirian, kansascity, "This week's must-see shows: Anna Wise, Cudo, Lucero, K.D. Lang & Wyclef Jean | The Kansas City Star," 5 Mar. 2018 Lead singer Shun Ikegai used a vocoder to fold his voice into the electro layers of sound, creating a spacey, deep, and sometimes menacing atmosphere. Rob Schwartz, Billboard, "Fuji Rock Fest Celebrates 21st Edition With Gorillaz, Aphex Twin, Bjork...and Rain," 1 Aug. 2017 Drawing upon the vocoder’s association with the otherworldly, Stevens spends much of the record running his voice through machines. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "A Musical Voyage Through the Solar System, Darkly," 8 June 2017 Not sure where Alex's Daft Punk-like vocoder vocals fit in, but those were pretty OK too. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "The 10 Best Moments of the 2017 Billboard Music Awards," 21 May 2017

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First Known Use of vocoder

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vocoder

voice coder

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“Vocoder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocoder. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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