Knobs & Wires 2018 – Synth-Festival Munich

In 2018 things really get going: NAMM, Frankfurt Music Fair, SynthFest France, SuperBooth, Moog Festival, currently Happy Knobbing. And soon also Munich. On June 2nd the KNOBS & WIRES Synthesizer Festival will take place – with exhibition, vintage exhibition, workshops and of course with live program. Place of the festival is the Kreativ Quartier München (Import Export & Mucca Halle), it starts on Saturday at 10 o’clock in the morning and ends Sunday at 2 o’clock in the morning.

Munich is not only a remarkable city, but also a historical place around synthesizers. “I Feel Love”, the first track recorded exclusively by electronic means, was produced here in 1977 by Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer. But 20 years earlier, electronic music pioneers such as Ligeti, Kagel, Boulez, Riedl, Pousseur, Cage, and Stockhausen had been exploring the basics of electronic sound synthesis in the Siemens Studio Munich.







  • 1010music
  • Analogue Solutions
  • Arturia
  • Bastl
  • dadamachines
  • Doepfer
  • dreadbox
  • Euterpe Synthesizer Laboratories
  • Expressive E
  • Frap Tools
  • Hieber Lindberg
  • Instruō
  • Leaf Audio
  • Moog
  • NONO
  • Novation
  • Polyend
  • Schmidt-Synthesizer
  • Sector Sieben
  • SnazzyFX
  • Synth-Werk
  • Tangible Waves
  • Teenage Engineering





VINTAGE analog synthesizers

  • ARP 2600
  • Korg PS-3100
  • Korg MS-20
  • Korg MS-10 + SQ-10
  • Korg 800 DV
  • Moog Minimoog
  • Moog Sonic Six
  • Oberheim OB-1
  • Rehberg Synthi A
  • Rehberg Synthi Logik
  • Roland System-100M
  • Roland System-100
  • Roland System-700
    (Main Console)
  • Roland SH-5
  • Roland SH-7


MODERN analog synthesizers

  • Analogue Solutions Polymath
  • Arturia MatrixBrute
  • Arturia MiniBrute (RED / SE)
  • Arturia MiniBrute 2 / 2S
  • COTK Model 15
  • GRP A2 + R24
  • GRP A4
  • GRP A8
  • Juergen Haible JH-3200
  • Korg Prologue
  • MacBeth M5
  • MFB Dominion 1
  • Moog Minimoog Reissue
  • Oberheim Two-Voice Pro
  • Trax Retrowave
  • Vermona ’14


Live Acts


Synthesizer Festival Munich

Saturday, June 2nd 10 o’clock10 Uhr until
Sunday Juni 3rd, 2 o’clock in the morning

Import Export & Mucca Halle
Dachauer Straße 114
80636 München

Entrance fee: 20 Euros (presale)


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