Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An electronic device or system for synthesizing speech.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several electronic or digital devices or systems for the analysis and/or synthesis of speech

Etymologies

vo(ice) + cod(e) + -er1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From voice + coder (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Also, Snoop's song uses BOTH a vocoder and Auto-Tune, just as Cher's Believe does, the vocoder is not used much, but it is used key places.

    Last of the Auto-Tune - Anil Dash

  • The vocoder is an amazing instrument; There's an interesting background on the technology in this survey of milestones in electronic musical instruments, and the good folks at O'Reilly will even tell you how to make your own, if you're so inclined.

    The Death of Analog, AutoTune Edition - Anil Dash

  • The thing is, "Sensual Seduction" doesn't use the talkbox, nor does it use a vocoder, which is a completely different instrument that often gets credit for the talkbox's outbut.

    The Death of Analog, AutoTune Edition - Anil Dash

  • But it turns out that the irresistible robot sound was also a big hit with the allies way back in World War II, when a not-so-young MC named Winston Churchill dropped some knowledge over a voice-masking gizmo called the vocoder-and pretty much ended the war.

    Wired Top Stories

  • But it turns out that the irresistible robot sound was also a big hit with the allies way back in World War II, when a not-so-young MC named Winston Churchill dropped some knowledge over a voice-masking gizmo called the vocoder—and pretty much ended the war.

    Robo-Voice's Greatest Hits, or How Advanced Spy Tech Topped Music Charts

  • The vocoder was a real device and a pretty cool gizmo.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • In the early Eighties, a romance better remembered than relived, the vocoder was the main machine of electro hip-hop, the black voice removed from itself, displaced by

    NPR Topics: News

  • A talk-box is a device that allows a singer to modulate the sound of another instrument by singing into a piece of plastic tubing, while a vocoder is a device inputted into a keyboard that changes the pitch of a singer's voice to match any played notes. backlash has developed against Antares recently, resulting in a damp squib campaign spearheaded by Rick Rubin.

    Music news, reviews, comment and features | guardian.co.uk

  • Thomas Pynchon 's Gravity's Rainbow, the vocoder is a vehicle, a proxy for forces bigger than the freaks-Egyptian Lover, JFK-who employ it.

    Village Voice - The most recent 10 stories

  • Noise reduction: CDMA2000 uses an exclusive technology called vocoder EVRC which reduces background noise.

    SearchMobileComputing: Mobile advice

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