Definition and background:
An electronic instrument developed in the1960's that produces a wide variety of sounds by combining sound generators and sound modifiers in a single unit with a unified control system. The first digital synthesizer that was manufactured for commercial use was made in 1976. an instrument that uses electronic means to re-create an almost infinite variety of sounds. modern synthesizers usually have pre-set instrumental and vocal notes, which are operated by means of a keyboard. they have come to prominence mostly in the field of popular music, but also have a place in certain modern orchestral works
A musical instrument that artificially (using oscillators) generates signals to simulate the sounds of real instruments or to create other sounds not possible with real instruments.
Select from a letter above to find a music term in the Artopium index, or enter a music term below to search the entire index using Google Search.
This is a collection of over 7,000 music terms and definitions used for music theory, composition, instruments and more; a dictionary compiled by Artopium.com as a resource for all musicians everywhere, but especially for Artopium.com member artists. Artopium is a consignment website dedicated to promoting and selling the works of independent artists, musicians, filmmakers, fashion designers and authors from around the world. After looking up your music term and definition, if you have't already, please peruse the thousands of titles listed on Artopium by selecting from one of the categories above (Art, Music, Fashion, Video and Books). Or if you're an artist, sign up today for free and start selling your work immediately!
Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology
Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary
ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary