Clock-ticking noise as an option

Asked by ottadini on 2010-07-20

Hi again,
I would be very interested in being able to add a ticking sound to the timer app. My own, or yours, I don't know what's better. Everyone would have their own preference for the particular sound and volume.
It would add to the take-up I think of the app in certain circles (have you heard of the Pomodoro technique, for example?).
Also, the sound for the final ring- can it be personalised?
ben.

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Kenny Meyer (knny-myer) said : #1

Hello Ben,

Oh, yes, I have heard about the Pomodore technique and this is, again, a very, very good idea!

Do you have any particular wishes for the ticking sound and final-ring? Could you please attach a sound sample?
I think it is a good idea to implement a default sound scheme in Timer Applet, named "Pomodore", and then enable to customize the sound scheme (second tick sound, final-ring).

Thanks for your input; I really appreciate it! I will ping you if I have beta available for you to test. :)

ottadini (ben-harrison) said : #2

Hi again Kenny,

This sound is really good - it's an egg timer, actually I think the author
made it from a recording of two egg timers. Gives it some depth.

http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=76908

It's got very little background hum and the sound itself is quite natural,
not metallic or harsh. I like the fact that the ticking is fast (4 times a
second?), which should help to allow it to become 'background' noise after a
short while.

There is scope for more than one user choice of ticking sound, but perhaps
just start simple with one?

Ben

On 20 July 2010 23:40, Kenny Meyer <email address hidden>wrote:

> Your question #118306 on Timer Applet changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/timer-applet/+question/118306
>
> Status: Open => Needs information
>
> Kenny Meyer requested for more information:
> Hello Ben,
>
> Oh, yes, I have heard about the Pomodore technique and this is, again, a
> very, very good idea!
>
> Do you have any particular wishes for the ticking sound and final-ring?
> Could you please attach a sound sample?
> I think it is a good idea to implement a default sound scheme in Timer
> Applet, named "Pomodore", and then enable to customize the sound scheme
> (second tick sound, final-ring).
>
> Thanks for your input; I really appreciate it! I will ping you if I have
> beta available for you to test. :)
>
> --
> To answer this request for more information, you can either reply to
> this email or enter your reply at the following page:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/timer-applet/+question/118306
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Kenny Meyer (knny-myer) said : #3

ottadini (<email address hidden>) wrote:
> Question #118306 on Timer Applet changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/timer-applet/+question/118306
>
> Status: Needs information => Open
>
> ottadini gave more information on the question:
> Hi again Kenny,
>
> This sound is really good - it's an egg timer, actually I think the author
> made it from a recording of two egg timers. Gives it some depth.
>
> http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=76908
>
> It's got very little background hum and the sound itself is quite natural,
> not metallic or harsh. I like the fact that the ticking is fast (4 times a
> second?), which should help to allow it to become 'background' noise after a
> short while.
>
> There is scope for more than one user choice of ticking sound, but perhaps
> just start simple with one?
>
> Ben
>
>
>
> On 20 July 2010 23:40, Kenny Meyer <email address hidden>wrote:
>
> > Your question #118306 on Timer Applet changed:
> > https://answers.launchpad.net/timer-applet/+question/118306
> >
> > Status: Open => Needs information
> >
> > Kenny Meyer requested for more information:
> > Hello Ben,
> >
> > Oh, yes, I have heard about the Pomodore technique and this is, again, a
> > very, very good idea!
> >
> > Do you have any particular wishes for the ticking sound and final-ring?
> > Could you please attach a sound sample?
> > I think it is a good idea to implement a default sound scheme in Timer
> > Applet, named "Pomodore", and then enable to customize the sound scheme
> > (second tick sound, final-ring).
> >
> > Thanks for your input; I really appreciate it! I will ping you if I have
> > beta available for you to test. :)
> >
> > --
> > To answer this request for more information, you can either reply to
> > this email or enter your reply at the following page:
> > https://answers.launchpad.net/timer-applet/+question/118306
> >
> > You received this question notification because you are a direct
> > subscriber of the question.
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Hello Ben,

I like the sound sample, and so it shall be used for the implementation.

I think I will like working on this one soon, so you'll probably see it
implementend in a future release next month, or hopefully this month.

Thanks,
Kenny

Hello, sounds like a great idea (but you have to be able to turn it off when setting the timer!). Just one thing, it may sound stupid, but can't the ticks be in 120 bpm (that is 2 ticks per second)?

Kenny Meyer (knny-myer) said : #5

Hello Martin,

Thanks, for asking!

Have you seen the related bug? I've attached a sound sample there and it's something like 2 ticks/per second.

How do you mean "turn it off, when setting the timer!"? You mean, when creating a new timer you should have an option to either enable or disable the sound for the specific timer?

Can you help with this problem?

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