vocoder

noun
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 Flight Facilities‘ original has an almost irresistible vocoder vocal hook that seemed perfect for a dance floor rod. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 9 July 2021 The two crucial milestones in deepfake speech synthesis are WaveNet (a vocoder developed by DeepMind in 2016) and Tacotron (a text-to-speech algorithm created by Google in 2017). Dominic David, Forbes, 10 May 2021 When this song came out, people criticized its use of vocoder, but nothing could stop its meteoric rise on the charts. Kat Bein, Billboard, 22 Feb. 2021 His compositions can mix electronic sounds with acoustic ones—drum machines, drum kits, multiple layers of droning synths, piano, vocoder. Vogue, 4 Dec. 2020 Daft Punk vocoder backing vocals are the final flourish. Katie Bain, Billboard, 13 Aug. 2020 Ambiguous lyrical mantras float through raspy vocoders toward a glitchy, percussive hook. Kat Bein, Billboard, 13 Aug. 2019 Madonna sings through a vocoder as Blanco thrashes around a circle of judges, newly dressed in saintly garb. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 7 June 2019 Think high-energy dance tunes with Cher's signature vocals ... and just a hint of vocoder. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 9 Aug. 2018 See More

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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 12 Aug. 2022.

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