By the time Doug Curtis founded Curtis Electromusic Specialties in 1979, he had designed and built seven electronic music synthesizers for his own use and he held patents on integrated circuits designed for the commercial portfolio of semi-custom chip maker Interdesign. Curtis Electromusic was a business venture based on Doug’s dream of providing electronic devices that made possible the new sounds and combinations of effects conceived by musicians.
Doug approached product development and marketing by hearing ideas that musicians might wish to express through their compositions. No doubt that he had specific ideas of his own about what products to develop next. So he went to his customers in a dialog that typically started with, “Do you think that the musician would like to be able to …..? ” His style of wondering and developing his thoughts about products lead to a strong pipeline of product demand in this specialized marketplace.
Curtis Electromusic operated between 1979 and 1988. In 1988, Doug absorbed the company into OnChip Systems, Inc. offering semi-custom chips for a broad range of applications and industries still served today.
Curtis Electromusic Specialties was founded in 1979 to advance sounds produced by electronic musical instruments.
Initial design of custom integrated circuits for Oberheim Electronics and Arp Instruments launched the company. While consulting with synth pioneers, Curtis Electromusic developed a unique and versatile microprocessor controlled synthesizer using the first of our custom IC’s, the Lin-Log Synthesizer.
As a natural extension , Curtis Electromusic Specialties began to expand its line of music synthesizer “chips.” Efforts to develop minimizer integrated components in a smaller chip size resulted in a new standard of high performance the lowest possible cost. The first product, the CEM3310 quickly found its way into designs by Oberheim Electronics and Moog Instruments.
For applications that could not be fulfilled by the CES standard products, the company offered proprietary technology for custom IC design. Thus, the manufacturer was always assured of receiving custom devices with better performance and lower cost than available from any other source.