Music Recording : What Is a Synthesizer?
What is a synthesizer? A synthesizer is basically
an electronic instrument that instead of displaying or playing sounds acoustically, it plays them
by sending out electronic signals that you directly inject into your mixer or to where
you are recording. It puts sounds together in such a way as to recreate them. Early on,
there are some examples, Pink Floyd was heavy with synthesizers. Doing a lot of sweeps,
frequency sweeps, where it would be high and low in repetitions. You would get arpeggiated
synthesized sounds, and they did that a lot. It went to bands like Depeche Mode where they
used them as kind of horn sounds, but they added other sounds into it, which was the
actual synthesis, to make it sound like a whole other sound, to where now with bands
like Radiohead, they take the primary Pink Floyd sounds and these sounds from the whole
history of the thirty-five plus years of synthesizers, and have created a totally different thing.
But it is, it is an electronic instrument at its basis, that gives you its audio through
electronic signal, and basically allows you an infinite amount of possibilities of the
sounds that you can create with it.