What is synthesizer?

  • (noun): An intellectual who synthesizes or uses synthetic methods.
    Synonyms: synthesist, synthesiser
    See also — Additional definitions below


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.

Read more about Synthesizer.

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