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synthesizer

an electrophonic instrument, usually operated by means of a keyboard and pedals, in which sounds are produced by voltage-controlled oscillators, filters, and amplifiers, with an envelope generator module that controls attack, decay, sustain, and release

synthesizer

[′sin·thə‚sīz·ər]
(electronics)
An electronic instrument which combines simple elements to generate more complex entities; examples are frequency synthesizer and sound synthesizer.

synthesizer

A device that generates sound by creating waveforms electronically (such as subtractive or FM synthesis) or from stored samples of musical instruments (wave table synthesis). Although rudimentary electronic instruments were developed as far back as the 1920s, it was Robert Moog (pronounced "Mogue") who popularized the synthesizer in the 1960s. The term itself was coined after his devices, which were the first to combine an electronic (piano-style) keyboard with extremely flexible sound creation capabilities. In the 1970s, the Minimoog portable synthesizer was widely accepted. See MIDI and speech synthesis.


Recalling Times Past
Looking very much like the original portable device of the early 1970s, this 21st century transformation of the Minimoog Voyager Signature Edition synthesizer was introduced in 2002. (Image courtesy of Moog Music Inc., www.moogmusic.com)
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Recordings provide direct evidence that this early music synthesizer was largely responsible for broadening the sound palette available to musicians, and the way that music could be produced using electronic means and control.
RCA Electronic Music Synthesizer, RCA Victor 45 EP ERD-1922 Experimental (1955); also issued as a 12-inch LP.
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AdLib opened in 1987 in Quebec and is the inventor of the music synthesizer for PCs.
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He was the principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition system, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large vocabulary speech recognition system.
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These converted arm and body motions into signals that drove music synthesizers.
One, Robert Moog, designed electronic music synthesizers and uttered the words that served as an epigraph for the show: "Musical instruments provide the most efficient and refined interface between man and machine of anything we know.
SONiVOX products are in tens of millions of products worldwide, including cellphones, semiconductors, games, professional audio equipment and music synthesizers.