Knobcon 4 Photo Gallery – Highlights Of The Largest Synthesizer Convention Ever

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Knobcon 4, described as the largest synthesizer convention in the world, was held earlier this month, Sept 11-13, in Itasca, Illinois.

According to organizer Eric Williamson (aka Suit & Tie Guy), Knobcon 4 was the largest synth convention ever – attracting close to 500 people, from 6 countries.

The event was packed with activities, including:

  • A keynote by synth pioneer Malcolm Cecil, above;
  • Two nights full of electronic music performances;
  • Workshops and interviews;
  • A massive gear room, with tables of new and rare vintage gear: and
  • A synth DIY room.

Here are some of the highlights: Continue reading

Behind the Music: Frictional Games’ SOMA Composer Mikko Tarmia

Mikko Tarmia, the composer for Frictional Games‘ upcoming sci-fi horror game SOMA, gives a tour of his synth-filled studio and explains how the game’s music has been made.

Frictional Games makes first-person horror games like “Amnesia” (the scariest game we’ve ever played). The SOMA game will come out next week.

For more information, check out the game’s website.

ROLI Debuts Seaboard RISE Expressive MIDI Controller


Advanced MIDI controller creator ROLI today announced the new Seaboard RISE, their most affordable expressive MIDI keyboard controller yet.

Like the Seaboard GRAND, the Seaboard RISE reimagines the keyboard as a pressure-sensitive, continuous surface that responds to even the subtlest gestures. This lets you change the sound of each note in three dimensions, with left/right, up/down, and in/out movements of your finger.


ROLI says that the Seaboard RISE, though, marks a turning point in bringing Expressive MIDI products to a broader consumer market:

  • It is the first Expressive MIDI device to offer an easy-to-use multi-platform synth;
  • The first with an integrated user control panel; and
  • The first to perform wirelessly with an integrated battery and Bluetooth over MIDI.

The Seaboard RISE is also the first Expressive MIDI keyboard to be available for less than $1000, with a retail price $799 (£599).

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How To Use LinnStrument’s Channel Per Note Capabilities With Cubase

Developer Geert Bevin (Moog Music) shared this video tutorial, which looks at using LinnStrument’s ‘ChannelPerNote‘ feature works and how it can be used with Cubase to play VST 2 synths that support it. Continue reading

Open Theremin Project An Open Source DIY Theremin

open-thereminThe Open Theremin is an open source hardware and software project, with the aim is of building a next-generation, DIY theremin.

Two Open Theremin designs are available:

  • The Open.Theremin.UNO is a full Arduino-based theremin that offers both audio and control voltage outputs.
  • The Open.Theremin.RC is a more basic one-antenna (pitch) design.

The project is documented under a creative commons license. Continue reading

Fusion Guitar Proves That People Really Want An iPhone Guitar Thing


The Fusion Guitar is a new electric guitar design that features a built-in 20W amp and speakers and iPhone integration.

If there’s any doubt that there’s interest in a hybrid guitar amp/guitar/iPhone thing, the project’s IndieGoGo campaign is nearly half-funded, two days into the campaign.

The Fusion Guitar leverages the wide range of iOS guitar and audio apps, and turns them into an all-in-one solution for guitarists.

Here’s the official intro video for the Fusion Guitar: Continue reading