Gallery: The Synths of Knobcon 7

This weekend's Knobcon synth convention was held outside of Chicago, and we at Reverb were there to take in the new and classic modules, keyboards, and software programs on display. This year's fest was the seventh annual for the ever-growing event and featured Eurorack builders like 1010 Music and Division 6, as well as modules, machines, and keyboards from JoMox, Waldorf, Roland, Korg, and many more.

Highlights included an impressive array of video synth modules from LZX Industries and video synth software from Lumen, Radikal Technologies' incredible-sounding Swarm Oscillator and Effexx Multi FX Processor, and, for this writer, Roger Linn playing pedal steel licks on his Linnstrument.

Outside of the booths, Knobcon offered attendees a series of lectures and demonstrations, opportunities to build their own modules, and numerous performances and jams. Two education-focused exhibitors, Juanito Moore's Modular for the Masses synth rig—which he built by hand in recycled tin can chassis—and STEM Modular's curricula-based modules were also particularly cool to see.

Check out the gallery below for some more of our favorites from the convention room floor.

1010 Music Modular Rig Including Toolbox and Euroshield
1010 Music Modular Rig
Arp 2600
An assorted rig
Handsome Audio Zulu Passive Analog Tape Simulator
JoMox Alpha Base Analog Drum Machine
Juanito Moore's Modular for the Masses DIY Rig
Lumen Software Video Synth Display
LZX Industries
LZX Industries
Radikal Technologies RT-311 Swarm Oscillator and Effexx RT1701
Roland 500 Series Modules
Serge by Random Source modular rig
Softwire Synthesis
Softwire Synthesis Joy Joy Controller
STEM Modular
STEM Modular
Syinsi Analog Tiles
Synthesizers.com
VPME Euclidean Circles and Crowminius Module
Behringer 808 clone prototype

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