Detailed workshop schedule available on workshops page HERE

Friday, Sept. 7

7:00pm to 11:00pm

Opening Reception
Sapphire Pavilion
Studio Dummies
Nick Kwas (Not Kwas)
Andre Cholmondeley vs Suit & Tie Guy

Visuals by
Erogenous Tones

Saturday, Sept. 8

10:00am - 6:00pm


Informative Workshops
Copper, Maize/Sage

DIY Workshops
Sienna I & II (Lower Level)

Sienna III & IV (Lower Level)

6:30pm - 9:00pm

Knobcon Banquet
Sapphire Pavilion
6:30 Cocktails, 7:00 Dinner

Gil Trythall Keynote Address

Knobcon Supper Club All-Stars
featuring Ed & Judy Howard and Cory Flanigan


Knobcon Big Room
Sienna III & IV
Glacial 23
Conrad Keely
Nasty Nachos (WMD)
Ian Jorgensen (Synthstrom)
Spooky Action At A Distance

LED Wall with Visuals by
Christopher Konopka
Lars Larsen
Karl Erickson
Eric Souther
Shawna Lee
Kit Young

International Players Club
Sapphire Pavilion
Hosted by Matt Baxley

Sunday, Sept. 9

10:00am - 5:00pm


Informative Workshops
Copper, Maize/Sage

DIY Workshops
Sienna I & II (Lower Level)

Sienna III & IV (Lower Level)

Join us for Great Build Workshops

Learn the basics of soldering, or take your hobby to the next level!

Exhibitor Registration 

Exhibitor Opportunities

Exhibit Tables 

Pay the fee and use the space as you see fit. No extra fees if you want to sell merchandise. Each table location has power provided at floor level.

Deluxe Exhibit Tables  SOLD OUT

Put your display on the main drag. Prominent display locations with room to sit behind, two chairs and pipe/drape backdrop. Power provided at floor level.

10’x10’ Booth SOLD OUT

For those wanting a larger, more formal footprint. Booths have power, 2 tables and chairs if needed.

Deluxe Booth  SOLD OUT

Larger, prominent corner location with nearly double the square footage of a standard booth. Reserved for Gold Sponsors only, let us know if you're interested.

Location Choice!

New for this year, choose your location during the registration process! Take a precursory look at the floorpan below to get an idea of what this year's event will look like.

Private Showroom 

Make a statement by having an entire room dedicated to your company. Requires Gold Level sponsorship of the event. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us for details.

Paid Programming Room 

New for this year, is a second lecture hall dedicated to product announcements and sales presentations. Reserve your time-slot today, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us for details.

Build Workshop

A great opportunity for those focused on synth DIY. If you would like to host a build workshop, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us for details.

Knobcon Reveals and Exclusives

Commit to reveal new product or consider creating something exclusively for Knobcon. Reveals and exclusives will help drive people to the event and to your booth! We will feature all exclusives on the website and social media posts.

Commemorative Trade Show Bags

Messenger bags are back! The first 1000 people who check in at the event will receive a Knobcon bag full of swag. What is in that bag is up to you! Have your literature/giveaways pre-inserted into the bags for a small fee, or for free by becoming an event sponsor. Items will need to be shipped to an outside location for arrival no later than September 1.

Door Prizes

We are happy to accept donations of door prizes for the banquet. We will post these prizes on the website and in social media prior to the event. Winners will be drawn at random from the pre-registrations for the banquet and awards will be distributed during the event.


Sponsor Registration

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a Knobcon sponsor and help underwrite the cost of the event from top to bottom. In addition to the perks listed below, sponsors have the added bonus of choosing their table/booth locations prior to the event.

Sponsor registration is open through August 15. Fees are collected at time of registration.


Gold Sponsorship

Prominent Logo on Event Shirt and Sponsor Banners
Logo on Trade Show Bag
1 Item in Trade Show Bag
$100 Exhibit Credit*
4 Event Admissions


Silver Sponsorship

Logo on Event Shirt & Sponsor Banners
1 Item in Trade Show Bag
$50 Exhibit Credit*
2 Event Admission


Sponsorship, Exhibit Registration and Event Admission are separate transactions.

After successfully purchasing your sponsorship, we will contact you requesting additional information and will issue coupon codes for the exhibit credit and event admissions.

Note - If you wish to reserve your exhibitor space immediately, you can proceed to the Exhibitors event and reserve your space. We can apply the credits (minus the fees) as a charge-back to your card. This can take up to a week to process.


2018 Floor Plan

 Floor Plan

The Fine Print


Friday 4-7pm - Exhibitor Set-Up
Saturday 10am-6pm - Exhibits Open
Sunday 10am-5pm - Exhibits Open
Sunday 5-7pm - Exhibitor Tear-Down


A $50 refundable good faith deposit is required for all Knobcon exhibitors. This deposit is added to your online registration and will be refunded via check beginning at 5pm on Sunday. Failure to follow these guidelines could mean forfeiture of deposit. Checks will be made payable to the primary exhibitor on this registration.


Set up is to be completed by 7pm on Friday. During this time the exhibit halls will be accessible by exhibitors only. Once you have completed your set-up, please be courteous and leave the exhibit hall to allow others to finish.

Table and Booth locations will only be pre-assigned for our event sponsors and are otherwise first-come, first-served at set-up. Table fees for exhibitors are collected during online event registration.


Exhibits must be in working order for the duration of the exhibit hours. This does not mean that exhibits must be occupied by a person, but that cases should be open and systems powered up for attendees to explore. Outside of exhibit hours, the doors to the exhibit halls will be locked. This also means that the room will be inaccessible until exhibits open the following day, so plan accordingly.


In past years, we have had exhibitors begin packing up early which starts a chain-reaction in the exhibit halls. Not only does this disrupt traffic flow, we feel is is not fair to the attendees who have paid admission. Packing up and leaving before scheduled tear-down on Sunday will mean forfeiture of deposit.


  • Exhibit tables are 72"x30" and will be covered with cloth.
  • Deluxe Table locations have 2 chairs, standard tables do not.
  • Standard Booths are 10'x10' and will have 2 covered tables and 2 chairs. Tables and chairs can be removed during setup if needed.
  • Power is provided at floor level, please bring your own power strips and extension cords.

Hotel Shipping Policy

Special arrangements must be made for receiving any equipment, goods, displays or other materials, which will be sent, delivered or brought into the Hotel.

Any materials sent to the Hotel will be subject to the following incoming and outgoing charges:

Incoming Outgoing Type
$2.00 $2.00 Envelope/Letters
$10.00 $10.00 Box (small 1-20 lbs.)
$15.00 $15.00 Box (medium 21-60 lbs.)
$20.00 $20.00 Box (large 61-101+ lbs.)
$100.00 $100.00 Pallet

All packages and shipments must have information on the package label located below.

PLEASE bring your tracking numbers with you to assist our staff in locating your boxes in our package room or to track any boxes that might not have arrived by exhibit set up time.

Incoming packages will not be accepted any earlier than 72 business hours/ (3) days prior to the start of your meeting.

Please number all boxes (Example: Box 1 of 2 and Box 2 of 2).

All outgoing packages must be packed and clearly labeled prior to shipping.

Any materials being sent to the Hotel must be marked as follows:

  1. Hold for Arrival - Attn: Guest's Name, Knobcon, Sept 7-9
  2. Complete return address
  3. Hyatt Convention Services Manager
  4. Number of Boxes (Example: Box 1 of 2 and Box 2 of 2)
  5. Address Package to Hotel as follows:

1800 East Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173


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.   

Exclusive Print Sponsor


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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