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'''Doug Curtis''' (? - 2007) founder of [[Curtis Electromusic Specialties]] and [[OnChip Systems]]. One of the most important and least known synthesizer pioneers of the 20th century.<ref>Keyboard magazine [http://www.gearslutz.com/board/2157011-post13.html April, 2007]</ref> The designer of many original [[Analogue electronics|analogue]] [[integrated circuits|IC]]s, widely used in [[electronic music instruments]].
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'''Doug Curtis''' (? - 2007) founder of [[Curtis Electromusic Specialties]] and [[OnChip Systems]]. One of the most important and least known synthesizer pioneers of the 20th century.<ref>Keyboard magazine [http://www.gearslutz.com/board/2157011-post13.html April, 2007]</ref> The designer of many original [[analogue]] [[Integrated circuit|IC]]s, widely used in [[electronic music instrument]]s.
   
In high school with an interest in sound and music [[electronics]], he designed and built a [[synthesizer]]. He majored from [[Northwestern University (disambiguation)|Northwestern University]], with radio-TV-film. While here he perfected several more synthesizers. Upon graduation, he qualified for a post as junior engineer by showing circuit boards of his designs. He entered a competition to design a semicustom chip and as a result was offered a job at [[Interdesign]], where he worked for four years.<ref name="cem">[http://curtiselectromusic.com/Doug_Curtis.html Doug Curtis] at curtiselectromusic.com</ref>
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In high school with an interest in sound and music [[electronics]], he designed and built a [[synthesizer]]. He majored from Northwestern University<!-- which one? -->, with radio-TV-film. While here he perfected several more synthesizers. Upon graduation, he qualified for a post as junior engineer by showing circuit boards of his designs. He entered a competition to design a semicustom chip and as a result was offered a job at [[Interdesign]], where he worked for four years.<ref name="cem">[http://curtiselectromusic.com/Doug_Curtis.html Doug Curtis] at curtiselectromusic.com</ref>
   
 
He founded Curtis Electromusic Specialties, which produced the integrated circuits that were used in a [[CEM and SSM chips in synthesizers|variety]] of [[analog synthesizer]]s for decades. There are several patents in his name. in 2006 he was inducted into the [http://www.sanjoserocks.org/ San Jose Rocks] Hall of Fame for technical contributions to music. In 1988<ref>[http://www.sanjoserocks.org/i_doug_curtis.htm San Jose Rocks]</ref> with the advent of digital technology, Doug formed the company OnChip Systems.<ref name="cem"/>
 
He founded Curtis Electromusic Specialties, which produced the integrated circuits that were used in a [[CEM and SSM chips in synthesizers|variety]] of [[analog synthesizer]]s for decades. There are several patents in his name. in 2006 he was inducted into the [http://www.sanjoserocks.org/ San Jose Rocks] Hall of Fame for technical contributions to music. In 1988<ref>[http://www.sanjoserocks.org/i_doug_curtis.htm San Jose Rocks]</ref> with the advent of digital technology, Doug formed the company OnChip Systems.<ref name="cem"/>
   
Instruments with CEM ICs are said to have ''that Curtis sound'', described as "fantastically saturated, brash and powerful".<ref>Description at [http://turkusynth.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/sci-p600-sounds/ Sequential Circuits Prophet-600 sounds]</ref>
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Musical instruments with CEM ICs are said to have ''that Curtis sound'', described as "fantastically saturated, brash and powerful".<ref>Description at [http://turkusynth.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/sci-p600-sounds/ Sequential Circuits Prophet-600 sounds]</ref>
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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*[[Curtis Electromusic Specialties]]
*[[CEM and SSM chips in synthesizers]]
 
   
 
==References==
 
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*[http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mercurynews/obituary.aspx?pid=85954939#fbLoggedOut Obituary] in ''San Jose Mercury News'' 14 Jan 2007
 
*[http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mercurynews/obituary.aspx?pid=85954939#fbLoggedOut Obituary] in ''San Jose Mercury News'' 14 Jan 2007
   
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Revision as of 19:04, 2 April 2013

Doug Curtis (? - 2007) founder of Curtis Electromusic Specialties and OnChip Systems. One of the most important and least known synthesizer pioneers of the 20th century.[1] The designer of many original analogue ICs, widely used in electronic music instruments.

In high school with an interest in sound and music electronics, he designed and built a synthesizer. He majored from Northwestern University, with radio-TV-film. While here he perfected several more synthesizers. Upon graduation, he qualified for a post as junior engineer by showing circuit boards of his designs. He entered a competition to design a semicustom chip and as a result was offered a job at Interdesign, where he worked for four years.[2]

He founded Curtis Electromusic Specialties, which produced the integrated circuits that were used in a variety of analog synthesizers for decades. There are several patents in his name. in 2006 he was inducted into the San Jose Rocks Hall of Fame for technical contributions to music. In 1988[3] with the advent of digital technology, Doug formed the company OnChip Systems.[2]

Musical instruments with CEM ICs are said to have that Curtis sound, described as "fantastically saturated, brash and powerful".[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ Keyboard magazine April, 2007
  2. ^ a b Doug Curtis at curtiselectromusic.com
  3. ^ San Jose Rocks
  4. ^ Description at Sequential Circuits Prophet-600 sounds

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