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Synthesizer (Musical instrument)

LC control 85131654
Topical headingSynthesizer (Musical instrument)
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Variant(s)Music synthesizer
Musical synthesizer
Sound synthesizer
Synth (Musical instrument)
Synthesiser (Musical instrument)
See alsoElectronic musical instruments
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Found inNew Grove dict. of mus. online (Synthesizer [synthesiser]: electronic instrument, usually incorporating a keyboard; some earlier electronic instruments that were called "synthesizer" are better classified as composition machines, as their sounds are not produced in real time)
New Harvard dict. of mus.: (An instrument that produces sounds, modifies them, and in some circumstances orders them in time by purely electronic means.)
Oxford companion to mus. WWW site, Jul. 1, 2011: (A term that may be used to describe any grouping of electronic devices for the purposes of sound synthesis.)
Wikipedia, Jul. 1, 2011: (A synthesizer (often abbreviated "synth") is an electronic instrument capable of producing sounds by generating electrical signals of different frequencies.)
Garland Encycl. of World Mus., v. 1: (Ethnomusicological recourse to sound-synthesizer technology ...)