Definition of vocoder in English:

vocoder

noun

  • A synthesizer that produces sounds from an analysis of speech input.

    • ‘Synth pads and a vocoder may seem a tad too trendy, but since the guys have pretty bad hair, they can get away with it.’
    • ‘Today, there seem to be as many virtual instrument plug-ins as there are guitars, synths, vocoders, basses, string sections and electric pianos to emulate.’
    • ‘With the dance floor set firmly in their sights the crashing breaks, mammoth guitar riffs and vocoders are unleashed with a reckless regard for human safety.’
    • ‘To be fair, there are a few songs on this album that don't obsess over vocoders and other electronic effects - songs that focus much more attention on his guitar and his voice.’
    • ‘If you like hard-edged electro, vocoders, and house beats then you will find something neat here without any shadow of a doubt.’
    • ‘He has been substituted with voice vocoders, heavy synthesizers and dubious baselines.’
    • ‘The error correction codes within the encoded, digital voice samples are removed to recover the original digital voice samples generated by the vocoder in the digital telephone.’
    • ‘They used and combined synthesizers, vocoders, custom-built sequencers, rudimentary rhythm boxes, and home made drum pads in a fashion unlike anything previously heard.’
    • ‘Luckily, sentiments like these fall flat when gravelized through the vocoder anyway.’
    • ‘Today, improved technology has resulted in much more powerful vocoders than their disco/new wave-era counterparts ever hoped to be.’
    • ‘I like that they remember what guitars were for, and that Thom decided he could sing without putting his voice through ten filters and vocoders.’
    • ‘The vocoder has been in regular use for more than 30 years, and in the past five it's become something of a cliché but his treatments are original.’
    • ‘Sure they use samples, vocoders and other electronic witchery as well, but they avoid the sometimes thin, stiff house experience by using guitars, bass and drums as key ingredients.’

Origin

1930s: from voice + code + -er.

Pronunciation

vocoder

/ˈvōˌkōdər/