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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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