Free Tutorials, Techno iPhone Ringtone from Francis Preve, Celebrating Single “Caboose”

Sound designer, technologist, and remix artist Francis Preve sends us some gifts of techno and technology to celebrate his first solo release. For your brain, we’ve compiled the tutorials he’s been working on for Beatportal, which together provide a really great look at some basic music production skills. For your ears, we have his new Ableton-produced single “Caboose” which, coupled with a Josh Gabriel remix – and a free iPhone ringtone exclusively provided to CDM by Josh’s label Different Pieces. Being a technologist often makes actually finding time to make music a big challenge. But I’ve always been impressed at …

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Kids Using High-Pitched Ringtones Inaudible to Adults (What About You?)

In case you haven’t seen it yet, The New York Times reports today that New York-area schoolkids have resorted to an unusual solution to cellphone bans. Apparently unaware of phones’ vibrate mode, the students have opted for an incredibly annoying ringtone pitched at 17,000 Hz. Theoretically, “adults” shouldn’t be able to hear that. (The real issue is middle-aged adults, an ironic choice in New York schools where many of the faculty are younger.) I also think that’s a liberal estimate of hearing loss; while most people lose some of their high-end hearing as they age, the numbers from the private …

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Pyro (PC), Toast 7 (Mac) Add Video, Cell Phone, Audio Extras to CD Burning

How do you update something as seemingly simple as CD burning in the year 2005? Pyro and Toast are adding lots of extras, like a quick cell phone ring creator (Pyro) and video features (Toast). First, a look at Windows: Pyro 5 is a feature-packed tool from our friends at Cakewalk, with new ringtone creation and delivery (easier ripping and export right from the disc), disc burning and ripping enhancements, improved audio editing right in the program, enhanced support for portable players, and more. Best of all, it’s only US$39.95. Steve Thomas from Cakewalk suggests it as a stocking stuffer. …

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Indie Cellphones: Jivjiv Lets Bands Set Up Ringtone Store

Indie ringtones? `Bout time. (What do you mean, this Jessica Simpson ringtone ain’t cool?) Jivjiv let’s anyone with art or music create their own cellphone wallpaper and ringtone store. A la cafepress, you even set your own prices. The stores are free; you just wait and collect your cut. You’ll need an Internet-enabled phone to get the ringtones. This all leads to indie coolness like featured bands Porches on the Autobahn (nice name), and, erm, something involving puppets. (No idea.) Thanks, Atariboy! Of course, CDM’s own ringtone, built on a Moog Voyager, is free.

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Free CDM Moog/Digital MP3 Ringtone

Exclusive: Corky Berger of the UK-based ONE 40 FIVE Store has been busy cooking up MP3 Moog ringtones (for use as ringtones, startup sounds, whatever you like) via the fabulous Moog Voyager.  Unsolicited, they've been kind enough to make a special ring tone just for us! Corky Burger's Minimoog Voyager MP3 ringtones invade the createdigitalmusic website with an exclusive free download. Inspired by the bringing together of analogue and digital, this ringtone features the aforementioned Minimoog Voyager, the Elektron MonoMachine and the RFS Minisynth combined to create one killer ringtone proving that analogue and digital can live in harmony. Create …

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Make Music on Your Phone/PDA: Syntrax on Symbian

Our friends at Samplepoolz today have the scoop on a new version of the mobile music studio Syntrax for Symbian series 60 phones like the Nokia 66xx series and Qd phones. That adds to a number of existing mobile platforms. It's incredible what you can do with this thing: Syntrax is a fully-graphical real-time sequencer with 8 channels of audio, built in synths, sampling, looping, and effects. (And nice to see another site that uses Mambo!) How might you use this? Aside from having a full studio in your pocket for sketching on the go, you could easily sync it …

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