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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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General Knobcon Inquiries

Eric Williamson (Suit & Tie Guy) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mike Cameron - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Schaumburg - Phone: (847) 605-1234

Travel Assistance

World Class Travel - 1-800-20-WORLD - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Live Performances

Workshops

Part synth meet, part swap meet, part marketplace.

Nearly all facets of synthesizer hardware from the mid 60's to the prototypes of tomorrow's devices will be there for you to check out. And, this is no trade show. You'll be able to interact with these machines and discover why they're so special.

This is an open synth meet! Attendees are encouraged to bring their equipment for others to explore. The only requirement is paying the table fee and registering by September 6, 2013. Let us know what you'll be bringing and we'll add it to the gear list here on the site.

The Workshops

What makes Knobcon special are the workshops. Taking place all throughout the day and covering a wide range of topics.

  • DIY Build Workshop: SN76489 USB-Midi Synth - Build a fully-functional chiptune synth with USB-MIDI! $50 Participation fee. Limited to 15 seats.
  • Modular Synth Basics - Donald Crunk gives an introductory talk about the history and fundamentals of voltage control synthesis. If you look at boxes full of knobs and cables and say "what's it all about?" this is for you.
  • New Horizons in Linear Sequencing - Suit & Tie Guy talks about ways to break out of the endless cycle of 8 notes repeating in an even rhythm featuring historical and current references.
  • Midi Percussion: A Compositional Approach- Cory Flanigan demonstrates how percussion controllers can be used for much more than merely replacing a drum kit. He uses the underexploited Kat family of controllers in his own music to play melodies, harmonies, and sequences alongside his acoustic drums.
  • Numerology and Voltage Control- Jim Coker, founder of Five12 and creator of the sequencing software Numerolgy will guide you through the basics of using the software with voltage controlled synthesizers.
  • Unfolding The Easel - Todd Barton gives an in depth look at the functions and features of the new Buchla Music Easel.

Saturday Schedule

Slate Room
9:00A Display Tables Set-up (finished by 10A)
10:00A Synth Meet/Marketplace Open to public
8:00P Begin Teardown
9:00P Event Close

Cyan Room
11:00A Chiptune Synth Build Workshop
12:00P Modular Basics
1:30P New Horizons in Linear Sequencing
3:00P Electronic Percussion - A Compositional Approach
4:30P Numerology & Voltage Control
6:00P Unfolding the Buchla Music Easel

PLEASE NOTE
If you are bringing equipment and are staying at the hotel, we are recommending that it is kept in your hotel room overnight. There will be no security provided for gear left in the Banquet halls.

Knobcon party with live music and a cash bar.

Your admission fee gets you into the entire event, including the party on Friday night, so plan to arrive early! After a day of traveling, unwind with a few drinks and catch some unique gear-centric performances. It's a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

Those wishing only to attend the party on Friday night must still purchase a pass for the event. Sorry, folks, we don't have big sponsors and the admission money goes directly to pay for the rooms we use.

Doors open at 6 pm, music starts at 7pm and runs until 11pm or so.

TimeArtistDescription
All Night

DJ Rad Eighties

Playing the sickest synnth tracks this side of the Cafe 80s. Get ready for some old-school italo-acid that will make you feel like you're getting a swirlie in an MDMA-spiked punch bowl at The Music Box in 1984!
All Night

brownshoesonly

Nick Ciontea, a Chicago creative who works as an electronics technician by day, focuses on synthesizer manufacturing and video art by night. Working around analog technologies, brownshoesonly creates textures and patterns lost in the age of digital media.
7:00 P

Todd Barton

A composer, sound designer, multimedia performer, and analog synthesist specializing in Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments. Todd will be performing on the new, much-anticipated Music Easel.
8:00 P

The Synth Freq

Danielle and Crystal Morales have turned their love of synthesizers into a full-blown youtube phenomenon known as The Synth Freq. Their compositions are written and performed entirely on hardware, just like it was done in 1987. It's synthtastic!
9:00 P

Cory Flanigan

Cory has been playing drums since he was 6 years old. After a couple decades of being relegated to a supporting role, he realized that through electronics he could compose and perform by himself and only have his own ego to deal with.
10:00 P

Suit & Tie Guy

Playing ambient house at weddings to psy-trance festivals, Suit & Tie Guy will only describe his sound as "delay, repetition and hazard" when pressed for more information. 

*all set times are approximate

Hyatt Regency Schaumburg

847-605-1234
1800 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, Illinois, 60173

 

 

 

Driving Directions

From Chicago O'Hare International Airport (9 miles from the hotel)

Take I-90 West to Ill. 53 South (Schaumburg). Exit on Woodfield Rd. Turn left at first traffic signal. At the next signal, turn left onto Frontage Rd. Turn left on Golf Rd. Our Schaumburg hotel will be two blocks on right.

From Expressway I-90

Exit Ill. 53 South (Schaumburg). Exit on Woodfield Rd. Turn left at first traffic signal. At the next signal, turn left onto Frontage Rd. Turn left on Golf Rd. Our hotel will be two blocks on the right. 

From Expressway I-290

Take the Higgins/Woodfield/Golf Road exit (Exit 1b). Continue straight on Frontage Road until it becomes Golf Road/Route 58. Turn left onto Golf Road. Our hotel will be two blocks on the right. 

Transportation

All Star Cab & Shuttle

To/From Chicago O’Hare International Airport: Pick up from the airport is $27 for up to 4 travelers. Airport drop off is $32 for up to 4 travelers. Arrange transportation through All Star Cab & Shuttle by calling 888-533-4240 after picking up your luggage.

To/From Midway International Airport: Pick up and drop off is $47 for up to 4 travelers. Please call 888-533-4240. Advance reservations are recommended.

To/From The Chicago Loop: Pick up and drop off is $54 for up to 4 travelers. Please call 888-533-4240 to make reservations.

American Taxi

To/From Chicago O’Hare International Airport: $31.50 for up to 4 travelers. Please call 847-253-4411 after picking up your luggage.

To/From Midway International Airport: Pick up and drop off is $60 for up to 4 travelers. Please call 847-253-4411 after picking up your luggage.

To/From The Chicago Loop: Pick up and drop off fees are $58 for up to 4 travelers. Please call 847-253-4411 to make reservations.

Downtown Chicago Transportation Options

METRA Train: Ride Metra from the Arlington Park train station, 15 minutes away. Cost is $7-$8 per person to downtown. Transportation to the train station is available through All Star Cab & Shuttle for $10 for up to 4 travelers.

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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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