It’s once again that time of year when Google releases new holiday ringtones for its Nest Doorbell (Battery). Google is offering ringtones for Diwali, Halloween, and Oktoberfest this year.
Ringtones for Oktoberfest, Halloween, and Diwali will be available from September 5 through October 5, October 1 through November 1, and October 7 through October 28, respectively. Starting on certain dates, you can select them for your Doorbell in the Google Home app.
Google gives us an inside look into these festive the Ringtons. Google is also showing us how these Nest Doorbell ringtones are adjusted behind the scenes (Battery). When someone comes at the door, Google initially considered how to make ringtones bring a little more charm to the home. So, starting with the Nest Hello in 2018, they began offering seasonal ringtones in the Google Home app.
Advertisement Google is currently expanding their seasonal selection even further. It used to be restricted to just Halloween. Google now offers ringtones for holidays like Oktoberfest, Halloween, Diwali, and even the Lunar New Year from earlier this year.
So, how do they manage to do it? In a recent blog post, Benjamin Decker, an Audio Designer for the Nest team, describes how they perfect the ringtones. Here is how the Oktoberfest ringtone was created:
We’re prepared to start making our ringtone once we’ve decided on a moment and general design. Let’s examine how we created the brand-new one for Oktoberfest.
Advertisement Research is the first step. I listened to various traditional polka songs and evaluated the musical compositions and styles.
Then, on the piano, I created a straightforward, original melody, complete with distinct bass and harmony lines (all at a somewhat slow tempo). I used audio production software to substitute digital samples of a classic German accordion for each piano track, and I sped up the tempo to make it suitable for doorbell use.
I can employ traditional instruments in some situations, such as the Oktoberfest ringtone. Some more original methods are needed for other ringtones. Consider the holiday ringtone. I recorded them using my own voice because many recordings of turkey gobbles aren’t very clear (actual bird sounds are quite muddy and outdoor sounds blended in can make them even tougher to detect). I’ve learned much too much about the nuances of a turkey gobble at this point.
Advertisement After I write and tweak the ringtone, I share it with several teams for comments and listen to it on the Nest doorbell speaker before testing it out. After any last-minute adjustments, we give the ringtone a name and publish it online so users can quickly download it from the Google Home app.
You can read more about it on Google’s blog post linked here ; it’s a very cool procedure.