Knobcon Workshops



Schedule subject to change.


Synthesis 101   11:00am (Maize/Sage)

No matter how experienced you are with analogue synthesis, you're sure to benefit from Michael Boddicker's approach to the fundamentals of electronic sound.


Novation Peak: A Synth for the Modern Music Maker   12:00pm (Copper)

Novation Technology Evangelist Enrique Martinez will talk through the features and technology that define Peak: an 8 voice polyphonic synthesizer. Peak has the immense flexibility for sound design you can find on a digital synthesizer, while retaining the warmth and nuance of an analog synthesizer.


Wave Replacement Synthesis   1:00pm (Maize/Sage)

Jon Sonnenberg demonstrates the fundamentals of chaining and wave replacement synthesis - a form of analog synthesis where segments of waveforms are used to create a composite waveform using standard analog synthesizer modules and concepts.


Conceptual Models for Modular Video Synthesis   2:00pm (Copper)

Lars Larsen (LZX Industries) offers a historical primer of modular video synth systems (Sandin IP, EMS Spectre, broadcast switchers, etc) and the audio modulars they were inspired by, including discussion on how LZX has tackled the same design challenges, inevitably switching the conceptual model to video rate waveshaping as a primary technique.


Hammond Organ: What's it all about?   3:00pm (Maize/Sage)

Join Ray Gerlich (Hammond USA technical department manager) and Suit & Tie Guy for a brief history of America's oldest electronic music instrument company and how their signature instrument functions.


Responsive Sequencing   4:00pm (Copper)

Matt Ward and Phin Head (dBs Music) outline methods they’ve derived to create patches whose accompanying voices respond and re-compose in real time to performance changes.


The Littoral Myth: Dismantling a Coastal Metaphor   5:00pm (Maize/Sage)

Marc Doty, the undisputed king of YouTube synthesizer videos, presents an exploration of the history how Buchla and Moog realized the modern synthesizer for Electronic Music, and how that realization differs from portrayals in current popular synthesizer culture.



Modular Synthesis: Patch, Tweak, & Share   11:00am (Maize/Sage)

Chris Meyer and Kim Bjørn have just finished the first new book on modular synthesis in decades: Patch & Tweak. Chris will give the inside scoop on the book, focusing on the universal patch language they evolved from previously-abandoned attempts in the 60s and 70s.


Modular for the Masses   12:00pm (Copper)

Yes, you too can build a sophisticated, radically personalized synthesizer with old pallets, paper bags and tin cans. Let your imagination — not your budget — be your limitation. Hosted by Juanito Moore (@juanitohm).


Dr. Gilbert Trythall: Ask Me Anything   1:00pm (Maize/Sage)

From country Moog records to electronic music textbooks, music educator, author, musician, and Knobcon guest of honor Gil Trythall answers your questions. Moderated by Suit & Tie Guy.


Surfin Kangaroo MIDI-controlled Panning   2:00pm (Copper)

Wolfgang Michalowicz presents and discusses an expandable MIDI-controlled panning system for post-production and installation applications. Marsupial surfboards, VCAs, and MIDI ... you're not going to want to miss this!


Achieving Spacial Consistency in Track Placement   3:00pm (Maize/Sage)

William Beith, Chicago’s very own plate reverb craftsman, will help you remove the mud from your mixes by demonstrating how to focus on the relationship between electronic music tracks and creating an unified acoustic environment for them.


Premiering at Knobcon

Showing throughout the weekend between workshops in both lecture halls.

Photo Credit: Alex Nirta (@alexnirta)

Synthesize - A short film about our connection to living and breathing synthesizers. (

Synthesize is a fictional story about a Ukrainian musician who travels to Canada to meet the one repairman she believes can resurrect her beloved father’s synthesizer, a Polivoks.


BUILD WORKSHOPS - Saturday and Sunday

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Learn to solder!

2 Hours (beginner)

Keven Kalay from Żłob Modular will teach you basic soldering techniques and lead you through building a passive mixer or attenuator module.


Build a WiiChuck Interface Module!

2 Hours (beginner/intermediate)

Mickey Delp of Delptronics will guide you through the process of building the WiiChuck module, helping you along the way. You are guaranteed to leave with a working module!


Build a business card oscillator!

2 Hours (beginner/intermediate)

Scott Rise from Division 6 will walk you through building and testing the oscillator kit. This build is for both adults and kids who can safely wield a soldering iron.


Build a Dual Vactrol Gate module!

2 Hours (intermediate)

Logan Erickson of Low Gain Electronics and Modular Addict will guide you through the process of building the module, helping you along the way.



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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