KnobCon, the Chicagoland synthesizer convention organized by synthesist, keyboardist, and module maker "Suit and Tie Guy," has just announced that legendary synth designer Tom Oberheim will appear as the guest of honor at its sixth annual meet, happening from Sept 8-10, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois. Mr. Oberheim will be speaking Saturday, September 9 at the KnobCon banquet, as well as taking part in a Iive question-and-answer session with attendees.
Mr. Oberheim's signature design is the SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module), a self-contained synth voice module that could be combined with other units to produce two-, four-, and eight-voice synthesizers. As the Oberheim Four-Voice was available beginning in 1075 (two years before Dave Smith's famous Sequential Prophet-5), Mr. Oberheim can rightfully be considered the father of the gig-worthy polyphonic synthesizer. He will be talking about his iconic designs, lengthy tenure in the synth industry, and recent comeback thanks to new instruments such as the current SEM and the OB-6.
Countless artists have relied on Oberheim's synths to craft their sound, including Josef Zawinul of Weather Report and - in its most memorable pop appearance - Van Halen on "Jump."
For registration and lodging information, head to the KnobCon website.