Jolla sounds not well-engineered as notification sounds...

asked 2014-01-14 10:04:00 +0300

updated 2014-01-19 11:21:43 +0300


One gripe I've got with the Jolla is that I can't hear the ringtones and notifications. The sounds themselves are very nice, but they aren't engineered to work well with the speaker found on the phone.

Piano sounds often have a low-frequency "bump" of the felt hammer hitting the strings; in this case, the energy of the bump is dictating the overall loudness achievable by the sound. Roll off that low frequency bump, and boost the volume. Additionally, a boost in the frequency range for the "sweet spot" of the speaker would give additional oomph to the notifications.

I appreciate the aesthetic of "honesty" in the sounds. Simplicity of the piano. But maybe a woodblock on top to add a percussive attack and to suit the speaker wouldn't be all wrong.


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The Jolla ringtone is a very pleasant sound but it does seem quieter and less intrusive than my other phones which may not be that effective in gaining attention.


richardski ( 2014-01-14 10:15:46 +0300 )edit

Where do the notification sounds live in the file system? I might try and modify them if I could find them, just to see if I can get that extra oomph.

andrew_dotdot ( 2014-01-14 10:51:45 +0300 )edit

You can find the sound files at (lossless too!):


also other sounds at

nephros ( 2014-01-14 14:27:25 +0300 )edit

I've made a version of jolla-ringtone.wav, where I rolled off the bass, and placed a couple of good compressors in the signal chain. The result is, well, loud. The piano at the start is loud, but not obnoxious, and the part with the beat is a bit obnoxious, just like before. Can email it to testers.

andrew_dotdot ( 2014-01-14 23:56:04 +0300 )edit

Great stuff:) Would be great to be able to have a test copy.


richardski ( 2014-01-15 11:18:30 +0300 )edit