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. 


Analogue Haven
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Grove Audio
Modular Addict
STG Soundlabs
Synth City





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