I know, it’s probably a rite-of-passage and I guess I’m short-tempered and getting sick of listening to the same tired old joke “Comedian Mail” on the voicemail greeting (folks, Northern Telecom is DEAD and pushing up the daisies) - so with a bit of work and some Windows FreeNewbieWare downloaded off the Internet I spliced together a better greeting using Allison Smith’s voice. It says:
“The Asterisk Open Source PBX, Mailbox”
Here is the readme file. I am not distributing the voice file (although I have a zipfile of it if anyone wants to pm me I’ll send it to you) because I am sure a dozen copyrights are being violated. (probably not but I’m sure SOME jerk out there will be POed and try making trouble for me if I do)
I dislike the idea of just chopping it down to “Mailbox” Might as well plug Open Source when possible!!!
Yes I’m quite sure I could have used Audacity and done it “better” It might have taken me a day and a half to learn all the commands in Audacity but I’m sure it would be better…LOL…
Click on Samples
Download Asterisk clip asterisksuccess.wav
Download and install the free Wavepad editor
Download and install WinSCP
Run Wavepand and open the asterisksuccess.wav file. Chop out where she says Asterisk Open Source PBX from 04.562 to 07.249 and save it as a WAV named TheAsteriskOpenSourcePBX.wav
Use WinSCP to login to your FreePBX system
Change directory to /var/lib/asterisk/sounds/en
Go to the website https://anyconv.com/gsm-to-wav-converter/
Upload the vm-login.gsm file, convert to a WAV file and download it name it vm-login-comedian-mail-mailbox.wav
Open the vm-login-comedian-mail-mailbox.wav file with Wavepad and cut the “Comedian Mail” out of the vm-login.wav file and save it as vm-login-mailbox.wav About 01.196 to 02.380
Play vm-login-mailbox.wav in Wavepad to see how loud it is and make sure it just says Mailbox.
Open TheAsteriskOpenSourcePBX.wav file with Wavepad and reduce the volume down to the same level as vm-login-mailbox.wav - about 50% Save this as TheAsteriskOpenSourcePBX-volumelower.wav
Go to https://clideo.com/merge-wav and upload TheAsteriskOpenSourcePBX-volumelower.wav and vm-login-mailbox.wav files and merge them then download the result to vm-login.wav
Go to https://convertio.co/wav-gsm/ and upload vm-login.wav and convert it
to GSM then download and rename to vm-login.gsm
Go to https://www.g711.org/ and upload vm-login.wav and convert it to produce the *.alaw, *.ulaw, *.g722 files
In WinSCP on the FreePBX server rename the vm-login.ulaw, .alaw, .g722, and .gsm files to vm-login-bak.* then upload the modified vm-login.gsm, .alaw, .g722 and .ulaw files to the /var/lib/asterisk/sounds/en directory
login to voicemail to test that the greeting changed.