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Audacity, the software audio program that lets you mix tracks and make music. That is the theory anyway, but it may not be the reality.
I am going to try to make a message tone for my new Motorola Atrix 4G. I don't like most of the ones that came with the phone, and I haven't found any that I like on line or in the Android App Market. So I am making one.

The first one I am making is going to be based off of the Beatles track Revolution #9. This slightly odd song off the White Album is perfect for an off beat message tone. I will be using the reverse reverb effect, to further modify an already highly overproduced track, just to see what happens. Having never used Audacity, this should be interesting. In fact I haven't used a mixing program on any computer in quite some years, at least since I used Cakewalk on my Apple Macintosh SE
yea, it was that long ago.

Back then I had a four track tape deck, an 8 track reel to reel, and a small 6 input (all mono) mixing console. Nothing was amped, it was all fed through the board, and other than the hum of the tubes from my guitar amp (I used an old Ampeg tube amp head
for a power amp), there was very little distortion. I used to over run the magnetic cassette tapes to ensure dynamic range on the tape drive, but held the levels clean on the reel to reel, as that had higher range to begin with.

That was all fun, ribbon mics, dirty electronics (no I really mean dirty, like crusty pots, and grungy pick ups) and thankfully a board that could handle beer and coffee spills. Yea the sound was harsh, but it was full, not like today's electronic pop, all so clean that even the distortion won't spike the needles.

Well anyway, I am going to try my hand at this with Audacity, and we'll see how it goes. If it works for this project, maybe it will work for other projects I have in the wings.

Keep watching this space for updates on the progress, now back to your regularly scheduled program. JED

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