Ringtones are expensive. You pay 2, 3, 4 bucks for a 30-second clip of a song. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have 2, 3, or 4 bucks to waste on a ringtone. So I do the smart thing and make my own. It’s really easy with Audacity, and Audacity is another one of those free and open source programs. Gotta love those. Here’s a video about how to do it. As a side note, you can see in this video the quality issues I was talking about in using Kdenlive. If anyone out there has advice for improving the video quality with Kdenlive, I sure would appreciate hearing from you.
The song is “Shock Doctrine” by Sound Tribe Sector 9, recorded 10/22/09 by Jesse Hurlburt at House of Blues in Boston. You can download the entire show here.
Finally, if you are using Ubuntu Linux, you might need to set it up to use MP3 files, since it is not enabled by default (MP3′s are proprietary). You can learn how to set it up by following these simple instructions.