We are 3 months old at Keyszone, and still alive and kicking.. I want to borrow a few minutes of your time..
So far the forum has become a place with links to a huge diversity of Keyboard News, trying to cover everything thats digital or caught in bits. Mostly using Youtube video's to present the news, as a video tells more then a 1000 written words. Keep in mind that its not our goal to create news. We are only trying to become a convenient place with links to keyboard news with room to discuss it or add more news. The community part is still struggling. There is just not to many people posting and reacting. But i still guess that will take time, so its not our worries for the first year or so.
So i want you to honestly answer 3 questions. 1) What do you like on our forums? 2) What would you like to see improved? 3) What could we do to make the visitors more active in discussing the topics?
Keep in mind that at our forums also non members can react to topics if done in an acceptable way. So everyone is free to give his opinion.
Given all the effort you put into this forum you really deserve some feedback. Most people including myself are mainly reading the forum without posting much. I'm a simple Dutch arranger keyboard/piano player (Tyros 5, Kawai ES8) who was initially only interested in arranger keyboards. However thanks to forums like this I learned more about music production software,vst's and synths and it sparked my interest. So I like your broad coverage of news items in this field. However that is maybe also the problem why not so many people are posting. On a forum like PSRTutorial the focus is on Yamaha arranger keyboards and they build a large very active community around it. It will be very difficult to get that same activity. People will only play/own a fraction of the instruments and software covered here so they usally have not much to say about the rest. Anyway, although I don't have the answer how to get more activity I hope you will continue with the forum. To my opinion you don't have to change the current setup. I will try to participate more often if only to say thank you for an interesting item!
Hi Bachus, Wim has summed things up quite nicely and I fully agree with what he says. For my part, I own a Technics KN7000, a Tyros4, a Ketron Midjpro and a Roland BK7m, so I read the parts of the Forum pertaining to them and mostly don't look much at the rest except for breaking news. As the keyboard world is very quiet at the moment with nothing new expected (apart from the Ketron SD9), there is not much to talk about really. This will change when the SD 9 shows and when Yamaha introduce the Tyros5's successor. I very much like the Forum in general but just wish there was a bit more chat happening. Can't really suggest any improvements as the site is fine already. Hopefully, the visitors will join in more when new boards appear on the market so there's not much you can do to improve things at this time. You are doing the best you can at the moment and I appreciate it and hope things soon start to look more lively. A very good idea to ask for feedback but most of it will probably echo Wim's words until something exciting comes along to bring us all to life. Thanks Bachus, Tony
as you can see I have posted regarding my Ketron SD7 but the answers I received were very sparse. I must agree with Wim. You are catering for most if not all of the keyboards on the market. I also own a Tyros 5 and if I need any information about a Yamaha board I would go to the PSRTutorial site and probably receive plenty of replies.
Having said that, your site is a valuable resource for people who wish to buy a new brand of board ( as is Synthzone ) because we can see the good and bad before purchase. I believe that given time (three months is not very long) this site will swell to become a very useful commodity for keyboard players.
In answer to your three questions, I have to say that I don't know how to improve the site other than give it time to get established.
Final point, may I say a big thank you for setting up the site and giving us another source of information.