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 When this song came out, people criticized its use of vocoder, but nothing could stop its meteoric rise on the charts. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 20 Best Daft Punk Songs," 22 Feb. 2021 His compositions can mix electronic sounds with acoustic ones—drum machines, drum kits, multiple layers of droning synths, piano, vocoder. Vogue, "The 29 Best Songs of 2020, According to Vogue Editors," 4 Dec. 2020 Daft Punk vocoder backing vocals are the final flourish. Katie Bain, Billboard, "The Blessed Madonna on Remixing Dua Lipa's 'Levitating': 'I Was Like, 'Don't Let Anyone Else Have It'," 13 Aug. 2020 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

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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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5 Mar 2021

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“Vocoder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocoder. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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