MATRIXSYNTH: PAiA August 1983 & 1991 Catalog Brochures

Saturday, September 05, 2020

PAiA August 1983 & 1991 Catalog Brochures

1983 with the Proteus 1 via this auction

"The August 1983 catalog is 16-pages of brand new PAiA products: guitar stomp boxes, speech synthesizers, velocity/after-touch controller, Shephard function generator and more. And, of course, the enire line up of PAiA keyboards, synths and modules, books, tapes, studio gear, analog drums and even their old original products such as wind, wind chimes and surf sound effect boxes."

1991 with MIDI-CV & Processing kits via this auction

"With the advent of PCs, cheap keyboards from Asia and digital synthesizers, analog was out and DX7s were in. This is often refereed to as the Dark Ages of Synthesis. This affected PAiA greatly and they went into a period of inactivity. No new products were designed from 1983-1991. When interest in vintage analog synths started to happen, PAiA started to emerge from the shadows and started to introduce new products such as the MIDI-CV PROCESSOR, PC-MIDI Interface, along with a Neural Network Analog to Digital Converter. They were still selling their Studio Series line, Guitar Effects, Curtis chips and their CEM based analog synth cards, along with books and tapes.

The 1991 catalog chronicles all of those changes and is fascinating to see what was happening as analog and DIY started to rise from the ashes, like the Phoenix. The catalog is 12-pages and isn't slick looking like previous ones."

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