Thursday, June 01, 2006

Sound Advice, Please

A really BIG beach stone freestanding beach glass inspired copper art wind chime garden stake. The beach stone clapper sounds great against the copper chimes. How great? I would like to let you listen~ the best way to do that is the question of the day.

For more information on this wind chime, or to buy it, Click Here.

Given that my wind chimes go all the way up to around $600, it's not surprising that I get some questions asking what they sound like. Perhaps more surprising is that I don't get even more questions about that before people buy.

I estimate that I have sold somewhere in the range of 500-700 wind chimes, and everyone has been very happy so far. But just recently I do have a lot more potential customers asking to listen before they buy. Before I used to offer to phone them, so they could hear them over the telephone. How primitive is that?

Then I found out that my new camera can record a five second sound file to a still picture. At only 150 KB, that's a fine size to email. But why wait for someone to ask to hear them? Lots of people would probably like to hear the sound before buying. So now I am investigating options for providing this service.

Being quite Web ignorant doesn't help. I learn as I go. What I came up with is hosting the image with the sound bite on Putfile.com, and working the HTML into a clickable button. I would very much appreciate any feedback~ particularly along the lines of whether this looks okay, if it works, if it sounds okay. It's only a five second clip. Thank you to anyone who helps out.


18 comments:

  1. Hi! Just come to say hello!
    Hi!
    As Always Butiful.
    Sarka

    Map me please on the Frappr.

    En101.

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  2. It's a great idea, and the button looks fine -- I'm just not sure if your sound file is doing credit to the real thing. Maybe play around with getting a richer sound recording?

    Best of luck!

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  3. Hi saksa~ thanks for checking in, and complimenting.

    Hi w.j.st.christopher~ appreciate very much you taking the time to check that out. Thanks so much for the tip. I only have crummy little built-in speakers on my computer, so have a hard time hearing what it might sound like. I will try to take a better sampling. Thanks again! Tim

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  4. WJ's right; the sound file sounds like little tiny windchimes, and yours MUST sound far better, as they're so big.

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  5. Hi Omni,
    Thanks so much for the help. Back to the drawing board, I guess. They don't sound like you describe at all~ if they did, 500+ customers would be complaining. Thanks again. Tim

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  6. What a great idea. You certainly come up with creative solutions. Best wishes, The Artist

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  7. Hi The Artist,
    Thanks! Now I just have to figure out how to get a better sound file-- Tim

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  8. I cranked my speakers up and thought it sounded beautiful, :) love your work!

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  9. Hi Becky,
    Thank you so much for your opinion. Now I am confused~ hmmm. Guess I have to try recording so the sound is louder, but the tone is okay. That's good (I guess), I should be able to do that... maybe. Thanks again! Tim~

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  10. Hi, Tim,

    Becky's right. I tried turning the volume way up, and the sound is 100% better!

    Maybe post a:

    Note: For best sound results, please increase your speaker volume.

    ~

    Or something like that. You might also remind them to decrease the volume after listening to your sample file. I'm sure you'll get it sorted out!

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  11. Hi W.J.~ oh, that is so very helpful~ thanks a million. I will re-record, try to get it louder (limitations of the camera prevent a great sound bite, I suspect) and put a notice as you suggest. I sure appreciate you help! Tim~

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  12. They sound awesome! I too, turned my volume way up and they sound beautiful!! Very relaxing!

    Great idea by the way! I've always liked looking at your work and did wonder how they sounded.

    have a great day
    Shilo

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  13. Hi shilo,
    Well thank you! I certainly appreciate you helpful comment. I have a friend who is wise in the way of sound files, and hope he can adjust the volume so I won't have to ask people to adjust their speakers. I tried everything with my camera to capture a better file, but I guess the tiny microphone just is not up to the task. Thanks again! Tim

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  14. I turned the sound up and they were much more 'realistic'! I always listen when I buy chimes, it's important not to be stuck with a sound that gets on your nerves.

    Your work is really lovely.

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  15. I like the idea of listening to the chimes before buying, and the button certainly works. I'm limited to the speakers on my notebook, though, so didn't expect to get much quality, and I didn't. I'd like to hear several very different chimes and see what they sound like. That would help me decide if it would be useful as is, or not.

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  16. I like the idea of listening to the chimes before buying, and the button certainly works. I'm limited to the speakers on my notebook, though, so didn't expect to get much quality, and I didn't. I'd like to hear several very different chimes and see what they sound like. That would help me decide if it would be useful as is, or not.

    Welcome to our newest member of
    BLOG VILLAGE!!

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  17. :( I wasn't able to hear the chimes but it's probably my computer.
    I'm smiling though at just the thought of hearing them.

    Great Idea!

    Always the Best
    Rebecca

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  18. Hi Rebecca,
    Thanks for giving it a try! How strange that you could hear nothing. I wonder if you turned your volume all the way up, if that would work... hmmm. Back to the drawing board. Tim~

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