PAiA is a leader in the development of kit products for the musician and electronic experimenter. The love of technique drives us to create for others, and to share what we have learned. Entertainment, encouragement and education are our goals. Our company both creates its own products, and works with innovative developers in the community to bring a broad spectrum of new products to the market. PAiA has had offices in Edmond, OK, Austin, TX and now in Kansas City, MO. Our unique name is trademarked and owned by the John Stayton Simonton, Jr. Revocable Trust and used under license.
PAiA Electronics was founded by John S. Simonton Jr. and his father in 1959. It has been in continuous operation ever since! PAiA's first commercial products were released in 1967. During the '70s, PAiA grew rapidly under the leadership of John and his wife Linda Kay, into a large, vertically-oriented development and manufacturing company. We began releasing a series of innovative products that addressed the needs of a new breed of musicians and artists who embraced technology and were not afraid to learn what the knobs connected to. Many PAiA products were very influential on the spirit of the times and some of these are shown here and in our photo album. Our users group magazine became Polyphony magazine, then some years later was renamed Electronic Musician magazine. Electronic Musician has changed hands many times since then, but it is still published today!
During the '80s, PAiA's rate of product development slowed to meet the market while the community of musicians and electronic music experimenters continued to support us. Our joy in what we do, and our satisfaction in being part of a vibrant community of artists and creators continued to sustained us.
In the early '90s, as the borders of the digital domain became more defined, interest again began go grow in what Mark Vail of Keyboard magazine has called "the sweet smell of solder". A younger generation of artist explorers has discovered that digital doesn't invalidate analog!