Synthesizer: Definition, History & Music


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How does a synthesizer create sound?

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1. Which of these was an early form of an analog synthesizer?

2. In which of these recordings can you hear a Theremin?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Assess your comprehension of the history of the synthesizer with these resources for studying. Topics on the quiz include how synthesizers create sound and the name of an early analog synthesizer.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Find out how well you know how to:

  • Identify a song where a Theremin is used
  • Recognize a classical music recording where an analog synthesizer was used
  • Determine how digital synthesizers make sound

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the Theremin and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as an analog synthesizer and a digital synthesizer
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how different types of synthesizers make sound

Additional Learning

This lesson will help you to learn more about synthesizers. The lesson is named Synthesizer: Definition, History & Music, and it will cover the following study goals:

  • Analyze a sound wave
  • Understand frequency and oscillation
  • Define modulation
  • Identify forms of synthesis
  • Recognize early synthesizers
  • Explore Monophony, Moog, and Modular synthesizers