By Mary Curtis
In 1979, Doug founded Curtis Electromusic Specialties and introduced the company's first three of what would eventually be twenty-three signal processing and generation integrated circuits that were quickly adopted by analog electronic music synthesizers and audio equipment worldwide.
Curtis Electromusic leveraged Silicon Valley technology to enable large polyphonic systems in lighter weight, more compact and more reliable products. Musicians enjoyed having more features; manufacturers' instruments achieved greater differentiation in part from the chip technology. Although Curtis Electromusic broadened its focus beyond synthesizers in 1988, forming OnChip Systems, the original Curtis Electromusic products are still hotly sought after by synthesizer enthusiasts and actively traded online.