Should I buy Cleartones Pure, Cleartones Organic, or Classic?
Cleartones Pure is created with the purest simplicity in mind. These tones are mostly gentle and pleasant, but might be less suited for noisy environments.
Cleartones Organic is a set of ringtones created from acoustic instruments: steel, wood and glass. This results in beautiful overtones and sonic richness.
Cleartones Classic is the original version of Cleartones. It gives you subtle, minimalist, electronically generated sounds. You will also find some more traditional phone sounds in this pack.
All three packs are made with the same goal in mind: subtle notification. Please read the about page for a more elaborate description of the idea behind these ringtones.
Why should I buy these custom ringtones?
I can think of many reasons, but the main ones are:
- Originality/personalization: all those good looking smartphones come with the same basic set of ringtones. How do you know it's your phone that's ringing? Right.
- Unobtrusiveness: A ringtone is meant to notify you, not the rest of the world. A 'funny' ringtone, like a motorcycle or a piece of music, can never be a good ringtone.
That's why I created Cleartones. Please read more about the definition of a good ringtone on the about page.
I like the sounds! Can I use them for my app?
At the moment I'm not selling licences to app developers.
Can I download/install Cleartones directly on my iPhone?
As the only way to get the ringtones on you iPhone is to synchronize them via iTunes, you'll have to download them on your computer. It's all fairly simple, installation instructions are provided with the downloaded files.
How are Cleartones made?
Cleartones Organic was made from recordings of various acoustic sources, like glass bowls, little bells, woodblocks, chimes, a marimba, vibraphone, even parts of a traditional Indonesian gamelan. These instruments were played by a professional percussionist and almost no processing was done afterwards. You can read some more about it here.
The Classic Cleartones were created using various electronic sound generation techniques. Many of the Classic ringtones were generated by MaxMSP, some other, and most of the Classic Notifications were created using various digital instruments and effects.
Cleartones Pure were created using the sine wave (pure tone) as starting point. Techniques like frequency modulation synthesis using various instruments and effects were used to create these sounds.
I don't have a PayPal account. Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes! When you check out you'll be directed to the PayPal website where you can click the link 'Don't have a PayPal account?' on the lower right hand side of the screen. You can pay with a debit or credit card.
Some countries don't seem to offer this functionality though. If you are out of luck, please contact me and we'll work something out!
Who created Cleartones?
All Cleartones ringtones and notifications are created by me, Hugo Verweij. Some more information can be found on the about page.