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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.   


If you're interested in getting into modular synths but don't quite know where to start, this workshop is for you.  Donald Crunk will give you a brief history of modular synths and walk you through the basic concepts of voltage control. Learn about the different formats and their inherent advatages/drawbacks so that you can make the decisions necessary to build your one-of-a-kind synthesizer. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Modular History
  • Formats Overview
  • Where to begin
  • Cases & Power
  • Signal Types
  • Module Types
  • Basic Patching
  • Monitoring & Recording

Workshop Overview

Your admission fee gets you in to the entire Knobcon event, including these incredible workshops. Please indicate on your registration those workshops you'd like to attend so we may plan accordingly.

11:00 A

Chiptune Synth Build

Build a fully-functional chiptune synth with USB-MIDI! $50 Participation fee for parts and software license. Participants must RSVP (see workshop page). Participation is limited to 15 seats, however you may attend and watch at no cost.
12:00 P

Modular 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.
1:30 P

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.
3:00 P

Electronic 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.
4:30 P

Numerology & Votage 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.
6:00 P

Unfolding the Easel

Todd Barton gives an in depth look at the functions and features of the new Buchla Music Easel.

*all times are approximate, schedule may change without notice.


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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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