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

Moog Going Eurorack With Mother32 Modular Synthesizer


At Knobcon 2015, Moog Music today offered a sneak preview of a new synthesizer, the Mother32.

The Mother32 is a Eurorack synth module that is a basic all-in-one synth voice. It comes in its own case, but can also be mounted in a Eurorack system.

Architecturally, it is a single-VCO Moog synth voice – but with 32 audio and control voltage patch points, a built-in sequencer and ‘Moog sound’.

We had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the new Moog Eurorack synth with Moog’s Steve Dunnington.  The Mother32 promises to be a inexpensive standalone Moog synth module and also a great starting point for building a Eurorack modular system.

Moog was not allowing anyone to take pictures or record video yet, because the Mother32 is scheduled to be officially introduced in October. But read on for the details that we can share now! Continue reading

Robert Rich – Improvisation On The Moog Modular System 55 Synthesizer

Sunday Synth Jam: In this video, ambient musician and composer Robert Rich pays a visit to the Moog Music sound lab and explores the sound design possibilities of the Modular System 55.

Robert Rich is known for creating immersive soundscapes, and has more than four dozen releases to his name. This modular sound improvisation ‘evokes the perpetual organic motion of the natural world.’ Continue reading