Knobcon Workshops




The Basics of Synthesis 11:00am

Marc Doty, the undisputed king of YouTube synthesiser videos, provides as comprehensive a primer about synthesis which could be reasonably expected to fit in ninety minutes.


Random Applications in Electronic Music 1:00pm

Jon Sonnenberg demonstrates the various ways that randomness and probability can be harnessed in electronic music production and performance.


Michael Boddicker: Ask Me Anything 3:00pm

Mr. Boddicker has been a session musician and film composer for over four decades, working on countless recordings you’ve certainly heard from Michael Jackson to No Doubt. Moderated by Suit & Tie Guy.


Whiskey Tasting: A Primer 5:00pm

Winston Edwards of Texas-based Balcones Distilling gives a crash course in how to taste whiskey in a critical environment. Must be 21 to participate.



Harald Bode: Innovator Unsung 11:00am

Marc Doty presents an exploration of one of the least-known yet most-relevant inventors in the field of electronic music technology. You won't believe how much this guy impacted your life.


A History of Reverberation in Recorded Music 1:00pm

William Beith maps out how reverberation developed in recorded music in the twentieth century and describes the mechanics behind the ambience. He is Chicagoland's very own plate reverb craftsman, having built plates for many facilities including Van Halen's 5150 Studios.


Tom Oberheim: Ask Me Anything 2:30pm

The legend opens himself up to your questions. Maybe you’d like to know "why paddles?" or “Why eight voices instead of seven?” Here's your chance. Moderated by Suit & Tie Guy.


BBoy Tech Report LIVE 4:00pm

Corry Banks takes to the digital airwaves for a live broadcast of his beloved music production podcast.


BUILD WORKSHOPS - Saturday and Sunday

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Learn to solder SMT kits!

2 2-Hour Sessions (intermediate)

Build an Ornament & Crime eurorack module and learn to solder SMT. Raph Wlodarczyk (Altitude909) will give a brief demonstration for hand soldering surface mount components prior to the build workshop.


Build a Benjolin stand-alone synth at Knobcon!

Build a Benjolin!

2 2-Hour Sessions (intermediate)

Pete Hartman of Frogleg Synthesis will guide you through the process of assembling the Benjolin Stand-Alone Synth. This is a great entry into synthesizer DIY.

Build a Jarmageddon Synth-In-A-Jar with synthCube at Knobcon!

Build a Jarmageddon Noise Synth!

2 Hours (beginner)

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


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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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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