English, please

About six months ago I thought hard about converting this blog into English, to better serve non-Finnish-speaking people interested in home studios, synths and recording. I’ve continued to publish in Finnish for various reasons.

Now it’s time to think about it again. I haven’t come up with a good name, other than the boring ”home recording / studio / bedroom / corner” whatever. It’s quite possible that I’m keeping the current name ”Konesoitto” – if you run it through Google Translate, it comes out as ”machine call”, which is not bad (but doesn’t have the same layers of meaning as the Finnish original).

The main purpose of this blog is to document what I use personally to play and record music, and try to convince you that you also might benefit from that gear and software. This site is a ”link partner” of the biggest online music retailer in Europe, namely Musikhaus Thomann*. Whenever I try out something, I provide links to their web shop, and if you buy something, I’ll get a small commission, which is supposed to keep this site up and running.

Musikhaus Thomann serves no less than 18 countries in Europe, most of them in their native languages. English is probably the biggest common denominator for these countries, obviously not the best solution, but it should reach many more potential customers throughout Europe than just writing in Finnish.

To find out if this would fly, I need your help. Some months ago I wrote an English-language review of the Audio-Technica ATH-M40X studio headphones. There was a link that did not go directly to the Musikhaus Thomann website, but to another, intermediate site. It tried to detect your country and automatically give you the Thomann link with the right language.

The headphone review post did not reach as many as I would have liked, so I couldn’t get an idea about how it worked. So please, take the time to do the following:

  • Read the headphone review (optional) and click or tap the Musikhaus Thomann link. You can also save a click and try the link right here.
  • Leave a comment here with 1) your country, and 2) some words about how the country detection worked, and 3) would you be interested in Konesoitto in English. Comments are open for two weeks (until the end of September).

Thanks in advance!

 

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Konesoitto in English

Hello, world!

Konesoitto was established in July 2013 to serve Finnish-speaking home studio and digital music making enthusiasts in Finland. Slowly the readership has increased, and the site now has on average 350 weekly visitors.

In recent months there has been an increase in page views from outside of Finland. Coincidentally, I have been entertaining ideas of publishing some articles in English, since Finland is a small market, and there is a limited audience for this type of material.

If you are a non-Finnish speaker, could you take the time to say hi in the comments, and tell a little bit about how you ended up here, and what you were looking for.

I’ve decided to run a little experiment. During the month of March (starting a week from now) I will be publishing only English-language posts. If you like then, and would like that to continue, please tell others about this resource by sharing the site link on Twitter, Facebook and so on.

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