12 Replies Latest reply: Jan 19, 2013 8:16 AM by lburech
lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have been an amateur radio operator for over 35 years. But I am new to garage band.  Could someone tell me how to create a morse code sounding ringtone at a speed of 13 words per minute for my amateur radio call sign in garage band that I can then transfer to my iPhone 4s?


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  • 1. Re: Creating Morse Code Ring Tone for iPhone
    Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,275 points)

    The problem is finding a simple, sine wave bleep sound for the morse signal. GB's instruments are all too complex. So if you have a good sound somewhere that you want to use, assign the Radio Sounds instrument to a software instrument track in GB, open the musical keyboard (cmd-shift-K) and drop the audio file of the beep on one of the keys on the screen. Then hit record and beep away by pressing this key.

  • 2. Re: Creating Morse Code Ring Tone for iPhone
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,740 points)

    That is a great idea, Chriostoph, to use a recorded sample with a custom Sound Effects instrument.

     

    But perhaps one of the Synth Basics instruments will also suffice? I think the "Synth Basic > Circuit Dialogue" instrument comes pretty close to a Morse signal, if played at a high octave, for example the "A5" note.

  • 3. Re: Creating Morse Code Ring Tone for iPhone
    Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,275 points)

    Well, it has these weird repetitions from the "Digital Stepper" generator that I can't get to stop even when I edit the instrument ...

  • 4. Re: Creating Morse Code Ring Tone for iPhone
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,740 points)

    Well, it has these weird repetitions from the "Digital Stepper" generator

    Too bad, you are right. I did not even notice the repetitions, because I was morsing very quickly ... ... ...

     

    How about the guitars? The "Clean Electric" at C5? Or "Eighties Clean Electric"  (JamPack Rhythm Section)?

  • 5. Re: Creating Morse Code Ring Tone for iPhone
    lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This all sounds very complicated.  I found this website

    http://www.morseresource.com/morse/makemorse.php

    that allows me to make file that plays what I typed in Safari.  When I save it, however, I get only the first letter.  If someone can tell me what to do to save as a complete mp3 file (I am unable to contact the people who created it), I can then drag it into garage band, I think, and modify it.

    Thanks for all your efforts.

  • 6. Re: Creating Morse Code Ring Tone for iPhone
    Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,275 points)

    Funny website! I don't know what you did - but I got a long audio file with a lot of letters (couldn't verify them all, excusy my Morse.) What I did was wait for the page with the audio to load and then use "Save as ...".

  • 7. Re: Creating Morse Code Ring Tone for iPhone
    lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That is exactly what I did. I typed in CQ N8CGE CQ N8CGE and then clicked on the create an mp3 file. It loaded in Safari and played perfectly there, and then I used "Save as..." with the MP3 file extension and it landed on my desktop.  But it played only for a second.  I feel like I am getting close....apparently you did something I omitted to do to get your long morse code string to play.  If you can step me through settings or perhaps even send me an mp3 file with the above I would be grateful.

  • 8. Re: Creating Morse Code Ring Tone for iPhone
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,740 points)

    But Christoph said it:

    What I did was wait for the page with the audio to load and then use "Save as ...".

    Wait for several minutes before you use the "Save as" command. Then the file will download completely.

  • 9. Re: Creating Morse Code Ring Tone for iPhone
    lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I entered the text, then clicked to create the mp3 file, then a new page appeared that said click here for the mp3 file which produced yet another page in safari where I could play the 16 seconds of sound perfectly.  I then chose "Save as..." with an mp3 file extension and it saved it to my desktop. The mp3 file on the desktop is only one second and plays only the first letter of the text that I entered. 

  • 10. Re: Creating Morse Code Ring Tone for iPhone
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,740 points)

    I entered the text, then clicked to create the mp3 file, then a new page appeared that said click here for the mp3 file which produced yet another page in safari where I could play the 16 seconds of sound perfectly.

    And then go and make yourself a cup of coffee, take the time to drink it, and after waiting a few minutes click "save as".

     

    Then you should be able to download the full file. What you are hearing before is the audio stream - the page did not yet load fully.

  • 11. Re: Creating Morse Code Ring Tone for iPhone
    Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,275 points)

    Or maybe try a different browser - I used Firefox and it worked.

  • 12. Re: Creating Morse Code Ring Tone for iPhone
    lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did exactly as you suggested using Firefox, having the cup of coffee, etc. and it worked flawlessly.  I was able to create the ringtone in iToons by creating a ACC file and then changing the last letter in the extension of this file in the finder from an "a" to an "r".  I am curious though, how do you determine when the download is complete, other than giving it plenty of time?