Knobcon Big Room Dance Party

Join us in the Knobcon Big Room on Saturday, Sep. 8 for live music and video performances. This event is included in your Knobcon admission.

Start time is around 9:30PM and we'll stop when we feel like it.


Schedule TBA

Spooky Action At A Distance

Cleveland, OH


Glacial 23

Cleveland, OH


Nasty Nachos (WMD)

Denver, CO


Conrad Keely

Austin, TX


Ian Jorgensen

Wellington, NZ

LED Wall with Visual Performances

Christopher Konopka

Lars Larsen

Karl Erickson

Eric Souther

Shawna Lee

Kit Young





Golden Knob Banquet


Catered Banquet with keynote speaker and live music. $50 per person


Purchase Banquet Tickets


Join us Saturday Evening for our annual Golden Knob banquet featuring our esteemed guest of honor Gil Trythall. Admission includes catered buffet with vegetarian options, and each ticket is an entry into the door prize drawings.

Enjoy live music by the Knobcon Supper Club All Stars featuring Ed & Judy Howard and Cory Flanigan.

If you have already purchased admission tickets and would like to additionally purchase banquet tickets, simply click the tickets link and you will be able to purchase them separately.



Cocktails 6:30p

Dinner 7:00p


Our Guest of Honor: Gil Trythall

Gil Trythall


Gil is responsible for one of the most unique contributions of the Moog records craze of the late 1960s. His Switched-On Nashville album is singular among Moog-driven pop records due to both its country and bluegrass source material and the total focus on the Moog synthesiser itself, in contrast with its contemporaries’ method of combining the system with traditional session instrumentalists. But he didn’t stop there. His textbook, Principles and Practice of Electronic Music, is one of the few books that elegantly bridges the worlds of tape music and voltage control synthesis.



Knobcon is proudly partnering with TASCAM to rev the Demo Derby into high gear!

TASCAM is providing DP-006 Digital Pocketstudios for Knobconners to record 4 track demos at the show!

Manufacturer-specific rigs will be set up in the Demo Derby room, and since the Pocketstudios are battery powered, you can actually take them from station-to-station and multi-track record a demo using all the various instruments. State-issued photo ID deposit required to walk around with the Pocketstudio, you understand.

After you record your tracks, take the Pocketstudio to our mixing station. TASCAM Demo Derby mix engineer (and Youtube talkbox king) Moot Booxle will gladly help you finish your demo with a Track Factory turnkey PC DAW.

If you make a demo and allow us to make it available for download, you'll be entered into a very exclusive drawing to win one of several TASCAM recorders.

Don't be shy. Make a demo, be a winner!

Want to Curate a Demo System?

We aren't limiting demo systems to manufacturers - anyone can curate a system for the Demo Derby! There are a few special requirements listed below. If you are interested, please contact us!

  1. The entire system must fit on one table or in a 6’ x 6’ area (you must provide all stands)
  2. Systems must be set up before the show begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and remain available until Sunday at 5 p.m.
  3. Have provision for mixing/headphone monitoring
  4. Provide final stereo output for connection to Pocketstudio
  5. System must contain needed accessories (patch cables, head phones etc)
  6. Must have quick start sheet explaining the basics of the system

Manufacturers: Get in touch if you're interested in curating a demo system for 2017. 



General Knobcon Inquiries

Eric Williamson (Suit & Tie Guy) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mike Cameron - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Schaumburg - Phone: (847) 605-1234

Travel Assistance

World Class Travel - 1-800-20-WORLD - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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.   

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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