KnobCon, a grassroots synth convention located in Chicagoland but attended by manufacturers, experts, and enthusiasts from all around the world, is having its sixth annual meetup from September 8 through 10. (Our editor Stephen Fortner will be in attendance and hopes to see you there!)
Beyond the exhibit floor brimming with modular, analog, and modern digital gear alike, this year's roster of workshops and panels looks like the best ever. It was just recently finalized, so here are the details:
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017
11:00 A.M. - The Basics of Synthesis with Marc Doty - Marc Doty, former archivist for the Bob Moog Foundation, is the creator of countless YouTube synthesizer reviews and tutorials. Here, he breaks down the basics of synthesis for newcomers, the curious, or even veterans who might be surprised at the benefits of a refresher.
1:00 P.M. - Randomness Applications in Electronic Music with Jon Sonnenberg - This workshop examines the ways in which randomness and probability can be applied in electronic music production and performance.
3:00 P.M. - Ask Me Anything with Michael Lehmann Boddicker - One of the most influential and prolific synthesist/keyboardists in the pop music and film industries for over four decades, Mr. Boddicker's work includes composing the soundtrack of the cult sci-fi film Buckaroo Banzai and crafting keyboard sounds on Michael Jackson's album Thriller. It would use far less space to list the projects he hasn't worked on! Ask this legend anything on a panel moderated by KnobCon founder Suit & Tie Guy.
5:00 P.M. - Whiskey Tasting with Winston Edwards - Whiskey tasting at a synth convention? Why not? If you like whiskey, educate your taste buds about its range of flavors in this crash course presented by Balcones Distilling.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
11: 00 A.M. - Harald Bode, Innovator Unsung with Marc Doty - Long before Bob Moog, there was Harald Bode's groundbreaking accomplishments in electronic instrument design and signal processing -- in the 1930's, no less! Marc Doty presents an exploration of one of the least well-known yet most influential and relevant inventors in the field of electronic music technology.
1:00 P.M. - A History of Reverberation in Recorded Music with William Beith - Chicagoland's very own plate reverb craftsman has built reverbs for many leading studios. He explains how reverb came to be used in recordings, its development, and the mechanics behind the ambience.
3:00 P.M. - Ask Me Anything with Tom Oberheim - If you have to narrow modern synth designers down to a "big three" of demigods, Tom Oberheim's name invariably goes next to Bob Moog and Dave Smith. Now's your chance to find out anything you've always wanted to know about his work, straight from the man himself. Moderated by KnobCon founder Suit & Tie Guy.
5:00 P.M. - The B-Boy Tech Report with Corry Banks - The popular music production podcaster conducts a broadcast live from KnobCon.
In addition, build-it-yourself workshops will run on both Saturday and Sunday. Hit up the event page for links to information about these, registration, lodging, and more. FYI, all of the above fits into the "Informative Workshops" section of the larger overall event schedule you'll find on this page.