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KNOBCON HIGHLIGHTS

Synthesizers, Workshops, Synthesizers, Performances and more Synthesizers!


Friday night is a party!

Hang out with other knobcon attendees, have a drink and catch gear-centric performances.


Gear, Gear, Gear!

Get your hands on amazing vintage pieces and the latest and greatest boxes. Monosynths, polysynths, modular and more will all be there.


Meet The Makers

Many boutique manufacturers will be on hand demonstrating and even selling the gear they produce.   

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Build a State Variable Filter

Two 3-hour sessions on Sunday, Sept 14
Difficulty: intermediate
Workshop Fee: $160

A more advanced build with many more components and multiple boards. DIY guru Jason Coates of Manhattan Analog will guide you through all phases of this build including testing and calibration. You should already have a grasp on soldering and a small DIY project or two under your belt before participating in this workshop.

This filter started life as the SVF design (based on the J. Haible discrete 2040 gain cell) which Scott Stites posted over at electro-music in April. I'd been wanting to work with another filter for a while and this one looked interesting, so I started playing with it. I lopped off the audio input section and grafted on the CP3 mixer (moar transistors!) Eventually I made a few other changes - I got it self-oscillating, added a 1v/oct CV input with scale trim, and did some work in the resonance circuit.

To participate in this workshop, you will need to purchase the $160 Euro State Variable Filter Kit - Send via PayPal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. be sure to put “Knobcon Filter Workshop” with your name in the transaction notes.  If you do not have a PayPal account, please contact Jason directly at the email address above and he can send you an invoice which can be paid via credit card.

Some kits will be available for purchase on-site, however, you can secure your place in the workshop by pre-ordering a kit from Manhattan Analog. This particular build is for the Euro version, but you have the option to build the main circuit board in the workshop and panelize it in the format of your choice at home.

 

 

Manhattan Analog State Variable VCF

Manhattan Analog

 

Welcome Reception - Friday Evening - Abricot Ballroom

Cash bar with live electronic music from Travelogue, Atomic Shadow, Mark Verbos, Suit & Tie Guy with visuals by Any Ortman

 

Banquet - Saturday Evening - Abricot Ballroom

Catered buffet with live music featuring keynote speaker Herb Deutsch. (pre-registration required, not included in standard entry fee.)

 

Synth Meet + Swap Meet + Marketplace - Saturday & Sunday - Gallery Ballroom

Enthusiasts, manufacturers and vendors collide in a swarm of noise that can only be Knobcon! Nearly all formats will be represented, from traditional synths and samplers to circuit bent, DIY & homebrew noisemakers - and, of course, lots and lots of modular.

 

Workshops, Workshops, Workshops - Saturday & Sunday - Stanford & Radcliffe Rooms

Informative workshops and build workshops abound! Rest your feet and learn something in the process. See the Workshops page for complete info. Schedule TBD.

 

 

Friday, September 12  
All times subject to change.
7:00 pm Welcome Reception Begins Abricot Ballroom - Main Level 
11:00 pm Welcome Reception Ends  

 

Saturday, September 13  
All times subject to change.
9:00 am Exhibits Open Gallery Ballroom - Main Level 
  Workshops Begin Stanford & Radcliffe Rooms - Second Floor 
5:00 pm Workshops End  
7:00 pm Exhibits Close  
  Banquet Begins Abricot Ballroom - Main Level 
10:00 pm Banquet Ends  

 

Sunday, September 14  
All times subject to change.
9:00 am Exhibits Reopen Gallery Ballroom - Main Level 
  Workshops Begin Stanford Stanford & Radcliffe Rooms - Second Floor 
5:00 pm Event Ends All Rooms   

Pre-orders through Foxtone Music are automatically entered to win one of several door prizes exclusive to this workshop including goodies from Moog Music and MINICV boards from Midi-Hardware.com!

Moog Werkstatt Build & Mod Workshop

One 2-hour sessions on Saturday, Sept 13
Difficulty: easy
Workshop Fee: Buy your Werkstatt at the special event price of $299!

Pre-order Werkstatt Workshop

 

Following a very simple Werkstatt assembly session, presenter Mike Cameron will give an overview of modifications he made to expand the Werkstatt's feature-set and integrate it into his musical setup. Modifications range from simple jack-upgrades to the addition of midi control. While we won’t be performing the modifications in the session, participants will receive an in-depth guide to make their own modifications.

The Werkstatt-Ø1: Moogfest 2014 Kit is a patchable and compact, one oscillator analog synthesizer. It was originally created as a kit, to be the foundation for exclusive “Engineering VIP” workshops at Moogfest 2014. Assembly is extremely simple: Any user can quickly build an analog synthesizer based on classic Moog circuits, and if desired, study the analog circuits. Werkstatt was created to be an educational tool, but it is also a formidable, compact analog synthesizer from Moog.

Seating for this workshop is limited with priority given to pre-rders and those actively participating in the workshop. Werkstatts will be available for purchase on-site for use in the workshop. Sit-ins and standing room may be available at time of event, but access to the printed documentation will be limited to active participants.


In order to participate in this workshop, pre-order your Moog Werkstatt from Foxtone Music for the special low $299 event price. Your unit will not be shipped to you, but will be delivered at the workshop.

Pre-order Werkstatt Workshop

 

 

Uninterrupted and Interactive

A synthesizer convention like Knobcon can be a noisy place, which isn't exactly the perfect environment to explore a new piece of musical equipment in depth. That is why we've created the Knobcon Demo Derby where you can spend some quiet time learning the personality of a curated system.

Access to these systems will be first-come, first-serve. We haven’t worked out all the details yet, but we expect to have a sign-up sheet for available time-slots. Sign up for Saturday’s early time slots will begin on Friday for those attending the reception, but we will hold a portion of available slots open for those coming Saturday and Sunday.

Want to Curate a Demo System?

We aren't limiting demo systems to manufacturers - anyone can curate a system for the Demo Derby! There are a few special requirements listed below. If you are interested, please contact us!

  1. The entire system must fit on one table or in a 6’ x 6’ area (you must provide all stands)
  2. Systems must be set up before the show begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and remain available until Sunday at 4 p.m.
  3. Have provision for mixing/headphone monitoring
  4. Provide final stereo output
  5. System must contain needed accessories (patch cables, head phones etc)
  6. Must have quick start sheet explaining the basics of the system
  7. Provide a detailed inventory of what the system contains (will be used to ensure cables don’t walk away)

Past System Curators

Bastl Instruments

Foxtone

Make Noise Co.

Moog Music Inc

Nerd Audio

Roland Corporation U.S.

Synthrotek

Verbos Electronics

WMD

 

 

Manufacturers: Get in touch if you're interested in curating a demo system for 2017. 

 

 

Win Knobcon Admission!

Win free admission to Knobcon and a free Knobcon T-shirt!

Submit your best all-synth interpretation of the music from Star Wars. We're talking hardware synthesizers here folks–not frootybloops. Softsynth usage should be minimal. Extra points for hardware sequencing and/or live performance as well (well, not really).

There are 2 categories to enter which means you've got 2 opportunities to win!

Category A: Star Wars Main Theme

Category B: Any other music used in the films

Get as close as you can to the original, make it a remix or go all out and re-imagine the song from the ground up. Submissions should be of reasonable length 30-60 seconds and be recognizable. Submissions must be in mp3 format, submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.* by midnight PST, July 31, 2014. (filesize limit: 10MB).

Winning songs will be posted by August 4 and will be featured in online advertising efforts for the event. Winners will receive free entry into Knobcon for one person, valid all 3 days. This is entry into the event only and does not include table fees (for those exhibiting) or any compensation for travel/hotel etc.

May the synth be with you.

* By submitting your entry via email, you agree to allow Knobcon and it's organizers free use of the work your are submitting for any purpose they see fit. You are also claiming this work as your own and not of any other party. Winning this contest allows you one (1) free entry into the Knobcon event, one (1) free event t-shirt and carries with it no other value monetarily or otherwise. 

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Feedback from previous Knobcons

As expected, a spectacular event

Learned a lot, laughed a ton, listened to good music, met great people and bought too much new gear. I have no complaints at all!

 

The whole thing was extremely enjoyable

I made more friends last weekend than I have in years that are in to the same stuff as me. Cheers to everyone involved in planning it!

 

Had a great time!

Even though I did not know anyone there, I was made to feel welcome and part of the gang.

 

Thanks for the awesome time everyone!

I saw tons of amazing things for the first time and met tons of cool people, not a bad one in the bunch!

 

Had a great time!

Learned a lot about modular synths and other gear. Enjoyed the "low-key" relaxed environment and the Knobcon staffers were helpful and very professional. Hope to make it back next year.

 

Knobcon was amazing!

Loved getting to try out the new and old gear. Everyone there was super cool, and I will definitely be back next year.

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