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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.   

Friday: Live Visuals during performances

Saturday: Analog Video Synth Workshop


brownshoesonly is the business and moniker of Chicago creative Nick Ciontea, who works as an electronics technician by day, and 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. Since the foundation of brownshoesonly in 2010, the client list has grown significantly and expanded into studio content design for international tours and festival appearances.

Clients/collaborators include: Alessandro Cortini, Austin Psych Fest, Bassnectar, Big Black Delta, CAVE, Chandeliers, Com Truise, Elusive Parallelograms, Excepter, Good Willsmith, M83, Michael Brown Design, Moss Folk, New World Ancients, Neon Indian, Oscillator Bug, Pretty Lights, Prince Rama, Psychic Ills, RadioEditAV, Richard Devine, Robert A.A. Lowe(Lichens), Songs for Gods, Surachai, The Big Ship, The Black Angels, The Earth is a Man, The Hood Internet, The National, Trash Audio.

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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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