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  • n. Alternative spelling of synthesizer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an intellectual who synthesizes or uses synthetic methods
  • n. (music) an electronic instrument (usually played with a keyboard) that generates and modifies sounds electronically and can imitate a variety of other musical instruments


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  • His piece "Beta-Globin DNA" for Fairlight synthesiser is the best known work, but DNA sequences turned up in some of his other electronic and acoustic works.

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  • I think that is in a large part due to the quality of the speech synthesiser, which is made by Speech Plus.

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  • When he says 'synthesiser', replace it with 'browser' in your mind, and think about it for a moment:

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  • "I think that is in a large part due to the quality of the speech synthesiser, which is made by Speech Plus.


  • The detuning by a quarter·tone in one piccolo, clarinet, trumpet and synthesiser enabled a more accurate realisation of the harmonic series.

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  • As was the case with Bryan Robson's shoulder, which popped its way dispiritingly through the late-1980s, sound-tracking the decade as clearly as any plunking Roland synthesiser, the temptation is now there to become wrapped up with Carroll's lager tally, to assume a condition of relentless ambient anxiety over the state of his ongoing lager thirst.

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  • Previous attempts at synthesiser-type instruments, such as the Hammond Novachord or the hulking United States Air Force-constructed RCA Mark II, generated sound using hundreds of individual vacuum tubes.

    Hey, what's that sound: Moog synthesisers

  • Tweaked now so that the synthesiser could reliably perform as either a melodic lead or propulsive bass instrument (rather than just as a complex sound-generating machine), the Minimoog changed everything.

    Hey, what's that sound: Moog synthesisers

  • He continued to build circuits for Scott's technology throughout the 50s, and in 1964 debuted his first Moog modular synthesiser.

    Hey, what's that sound: Moog synthesisers

  • In due course she began playing around with Frischmann's old synthesiser, came up with the stage name MIA, and in 2004 released her own hit debut album, Arular, which was nominated for the Mercury prize and hailed by the rapper Nas as "the sound of the future".

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