Difference between a synthesizer, an arranger, and a workstation?

What are the functional differences between a synthesizer, a workstation, and an arranger? What are each of their advantages over the others? Where are there applications?

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Apr 25, 2011
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Answer: Difference between a synthesizer, an aranger, and a workstation
by: Maximiliano

* there are synthesizer that are "only synthesizers". They only has sounds and you cannot create or compose songs in it. so they have a limited faunction for composing but are ideal for playing in a band.

* there are synthesizer that are "synthesizer and workstation at the same time". They have a sequencer which is a kind of "digital recorder". With them you can create and compose songs using the synthesizer's sounds and then you can save this song into a sd memory or a floppy disk.

* There are arranger that are "only arrangers". They have a much lower sound quality than synthesizer and are also much cheaper than them . But they have automatic styles so that you can play alone as if you ware a band. they don't have a sequencer so you can't create or compose songs in it to save them into a sd memory or floppy disk. they are usually entre level keyboards.

* There are arrangers that are "arrangers and workstation" at the same time. They are usually much more expensive than "ordinary arrangers" and they have a good sound quality wich is very close to a synthesizer. You can play alone as if you were a band and you can also create or compose songs and save them into a sd memory or floppy disk.


Sep 19, 2008
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Basic difference between synthesizer, arranger & workstation
by: Guru

I understood these things from the net. Here is the summary

Synthesizer: When the sound is fed in a Mic it converts into electrical signals. And electrical signals are converted to sound using a speaker.

So directly these electrical signals can be produced using a chip or an IC or a processor. And can produce numerous sounds. This is called as synthesizer

Arranger: Is a keyboard where you have basic sounds like Piano, organ and Guitar. If you are alone on stage you can make use of this and entertain the audience with the similar band effect.

It has chord recognition feature, you can explore and learn more things. Many professionals use arranger live on stage.

Workstation: Workstation has all the basic features which arranger has in addition, it has sequencing techniques. It has many tracks to record you can also get the same effect of an arranger but difficult to use.

But it is more advanced and it depends what you really need.




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