Synthesizer | Definition of Synthesizer by Merriam-Webster


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 This is why many people invest in a digital keyboard, either as a practice instrument or a multi-voice performance synthesizer. Michael Pollick,, "The best digital keyboard of 2020," 26 Sep. 2020 On paper, to present the Baroque works of Johann Sebastian Bach on what was then a brand-new electronic instrument, the Moog synthesizer, might have sounded like a gimmick. Tim Page, WSJ, "A Little Moog Musik: Two Books on Wendy Carlos," 18 Sep. 2020 This was the world’s first commercially available synthesizer, and Carlos helped to hone and refine it. Will Stephenson, Harper's Magazine, "The Well-Tempered Synthesizer," 15 Sep. 2020 Some songs resembled techno anthems slowed to a crawl; others seemed like furtive experiments in rendering the sound of a trickling stream with a synthesizer. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s Music for a Future That Never Came," 14 Sep. 2020 The original Simeon synthesizer was eventually replaced by a smaller, less balky digital successor. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Simeon Coxe, Whose Silver Apples Presaged Synth-Pop, Dies at 82," 12 Sep. 2020 The soundtrack stands out for its groundbreaking in his use of a Moog synthesizer. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "40 greatest film scores of all time," 6 Sep. 2020 Enter Wendy Carlos, a pioneer of electronic music who helped popularize the Moog synthesizer. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "40 greatest film scores of all time," 6 Sep. 2020 After studying in the 1950s with the giants of musique concrète Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, in the 1970s Radigue found the instrument that came to form the basis of her musical output: the modular synthesizer. Ted Reichman, The New York Review of Books, "My Quarantine: One More Vibration," 15 Aug. 2020

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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 19 Oct. 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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