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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Synthesizer'

Synthesizer Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    synthesizer n
  1. an intellectual who synthesizes or uses synthetic methods [syn: synthesist, synthesiser]
  2. (music) an electronic instrument (usually played with a keyboard) that generates and modifies sounds electronically and can imitate a variety of other musical instruments [syn: synthesiser]

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Synthesizer'

A synthesizer (or synthesiser, properly "sound" or "music" synthesizer, often abbreviated to "synth") is an electronic instrument capable of producing sounds by generating electrical signals of different frequencies. These electrical signals are played through a loudspeaker or set of headphones. Synthesizers can usually produce a wide range of sounds, which may either imitate other instruments ("imitative synthesis") or generate new timbres.

Synthesizers use a number of different technologies or programmed algorithms, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Among the most popular waveform synthesis techniques are subtractive synthesis, additive synthesis, wavetable synthesis, frequency modulation synthesis, phase distortion synthesis, physical modeling synthesis and sample-based synthesis. Other sound synthesis methods, like subharmonic synthesis or granular synthesis, are not found in music synthesizers.

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  • Synthesizer startup looks to the cloud
     A team of UK engineers is aiming to create a world-leading audio company making a new generation of cloud-connected synthesizers. Read more on this news related to 'Synthesizer'
  • A Speech Synthesizer Direct to the Brain
    Recordings from the brain’s surface are giving scientists unprecedented views into how the brain controls speech. Could a person who is paralyzed and unable to speak, like physicist Stephen Hawking, use a brain implant to carry on a conversation? Read more on this news related to 'Synthesizer'
  • Moog Theremini Melds Analog & Digital
    Robert Moog, the inventor of the voltage-controlled oscillator that enabled the first analog synthesizers, got started with his interest in the theremin, which Moog Music Inc. has now resurrected and modernized as the Theremini. Read more on this news related to 'Synthesizer'

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