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Experience interesting and ever-changing audio and visual experiences throughout the weekend.

Saturday, September 9th - 10am until 6pm
Sunday, September 10th - 10am until 5pm

Thanks to a number of volunteers, we're aiming to keep fresh audio and visual entertainment throughout both days but we're also welcoming of additional people who want to participate as well. If you have equipment and are looking for a space to play, please stop on by and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

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Build a Benjolin!

Hosted by synthCube
Saturday, Sept 9
Workshop is broken into 2-hour Sessions: 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm
Difficulty: Medium

The benjolin is a multifunction synthesizer designed by Rob Hordijk. The module consists of four separate function blocks: two VCOs, a state variable filter and an additional circuit, invented by Hordijk himself, called a rungler. This particular arrangement emerged from his efforts to design a synthesizer that was, as he puts it, "bent by design". As such, the module functions according to principles of chaos theory, where short to long sputtering patterns spontaneously transform themselves, at times, gradually, at others, quite suddenly, morphing into new pattern doublings and bifurcations. ​

Pete Hartman of Frogleg Synthesis will guide you through the process of assembling the kit. This is a great entry into synthesizer DIY. This is a larger build, so some soldering experience necessary but not required!

TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WORKSHOP
You will need to purchase the $150 Benjolin Knobcon kit from synthCube HERE.

Some kits may be available for purchase on-site, however, you can secure your place in the workshop by pre-ordering your kit.

 

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Build an Ornament & Crime Eurorack Module!

Hosted by synthCube
Sunday, Sept 10
Workshop is broken into 2-hour Sessions: 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm 
Difficulty: Medium

The Ornament & Crime module is a polymorphic CV generator. What does that mean? The o_C is really many modules in one, as it runs 'apps' which determine it's behavior. Apps include:

  • CopierMaschine: quantising, four stage analogue shift register (ASR), with user-editable scales.
  • Harrington 1200: basic neo-Riemannian Ton-Netz transformations
  • Automatonnetz: combines Ton-Netz transforms with a "vector" sequencer
  • Quantermain: quad quantiser with user-editable scales + built-in "Turing Machines"
  • Quadraturia: wavetable quadrature LFO
  • Low-rents: dual Lorenz and Rössler generators (strange attractors)
  • Piqued: quad voltage-controlled envelope generators
  • Dialectic Ping Pong: quad bouncing balls
  • Viznutcracker, sweet!: quad "byte beat" equation generator
  • References: a simple utility app that outputs specific reference voltages
  • easy-to-use 10-point calibration menu (10 points per channel).

Raph Wlodarczyk (Altitude909) will give a brief demonstration for hand soldering surface mount components prior to the build workshop. This is a great workshop to enter the world of SMT DIY!

TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WORKSHOP
You will need to purchase the $199 Ornament & Crime Knobcon kit from synthCube HERE.

Some kits may be available for purchase on-site, however, you can secure your place in the workshop by pre-ordering your kit.

 

 

 

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Build a Jarmageddon Noise Synth!

Hosted by synthCube
Saturday, Sept 9 @ 3pm
Difficulty: Medium

The Moffenzeef Modular Jarmageddon is a battery powered synth in a jar with only one parameter: GLITCH. The onboard unipolar (0-5V) CV input allows your to modulate the glitch amount.

Learn to solder! synthCube will show you basic soldering techniques and lead you through building a Jarmageddon synth-in-a-jar.

TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WORKSHOP
You will need to purchase the $65 Jarmageddon Knobcon kit from synthCube HERE.

Some kits may be available for purchase on-site, however, you can secure your place in the workshop by pre-ordering your kit.

 

 

 

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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.   

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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