What is synthesizer?

  • (noun): An intellectual who synthesizes or uses synthetic methods.
    Synonyms: synthesist, synthesiser
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Synthesizer

A sound synthesizer (often abbreviated as "synthesizer" or "synth") is an electronic instrument capable of producing a wide range of sounds. Synthesizers may either imitate other instruments ("imitative synthesis") or generate new timbres. They can be played (controlled) via a variety of different input devices (including keyboards, music sequencers and instrument controllers). Synthesizers generate electric signals (waveforms), and can finally be converted to sound through the loudspeakers or headphones.

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More definitions of "synthesizer":

  • (noun): (music) an electronic instrument (usually played with a keyboard) that generates and modifies sounds electronically and can imitate a variety of other musical instruments.
    Synonyms: synthesiser