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PAiA Gear Photo Album

Products go out of production for a lot of reasons.  Sometimes critical components or materials become obsolete and unavailable.  In other cases economics change and another device comes along that does the same job better or at lower cost.  None of these products are currently in production but this doesn't take away from the influence that they had when they were introduced.  We often get email from builders involved in restoring these and other early products and we're pleased to help in any way possible.

Do you have a photo of PAiA Gear?

In your studio?  At a gig?  With your cat or spouse or child?  Let us hear about it.  If you can send a photo to scan or jpeg to post maybe you'll see it in the Hall of Fame.  Check out the photos from members on our PAiATalk community forum.

The Gnome Micro-synthesizer introduced thousands to electronic music.

Here's the original Radio Electronics article in pdf format

The Programmable Drum set is credited with being the first user programmable percussion box.  Its use of touch switches was an unusual feature -- here's a touch switch schematic and design analysis.

The PAiA OZ Mini-organ included a capacitive hand pad which converted pressure into pitch bends.  It was a great Gnome "front end" as a polytonic pitch source (external audio input signal/trigger source).  Here's the original Radio Electronics article in pdf format.

The PAiA P4700/J, modular analog synthesizer kit package, featured a 6503 processor-based micro-controller and firmware for polyphony.  Sequencer and algorithmic composition programs were among others also available.   Modules from this series are often sold on eBay and other on-line auction sites.  Old Crow's restoration in the Hall of Fame has many detailed photos.

Wall o' PAiA - From Marvin Jones' home studio circa 1978.  Lower left is Stringz 'n' Thingz, lower right is a custom 5 octave processor scanned keyboard.  Also Organtua, Joystick, Phlanger, and Pygmy Amp.

One of the best surprises over the years has been how much of our older gear survives and continues to be useful and interesting.  Lew Bupp's large system of restored 2720 and 4700 series modules is an example.  Here's the 1972 Radio Electronics article on the 2720 series modules.

George McDonald has built one of the most unusual triple theremin/controllers you'll ever see (not PAiA theremax, but so cool ...) . The Hall of Fame has other interesting theremin cases.

John Simonton (left) and Marvin Jones (Editor of Polyphony magazine) at the Anaheim NAMM show in about 1974. - it's this set-piece, see, and you pay a buck and get a picture that makes your friends think you were on the cover of Rolling Stone. Don't recall the exact date - it was the 70's ... ya' know?

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