Introduction: How to Make a Ringtone

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This Instructable will show how to easily create a ringtone for your phone using simple programs like iTunes, Garageband, and your Bluetooth File Exchange software. Enjoy!

Step 1: Select a Song

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First you will need to open your iTunes player. I used iTunes because it makes it very easy to drag and drop files. Then, find the song that you want to make a ringtone with. I used Seed 2.0 by The Roots because it is a completely, utterly, badass song.

Step 2: Making Your Garageband File

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Next, open up Garageband. I'm sure you can use other audio editing software, but Garageband is probably the quickest and most user friendly. Select "Create a New Project." Then name your project (preferably the name of the song you're converting) and click "Create."

Step 3: Delete Default Track and Add New Track

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GB will automatically create a default track for a piano. This won't work for importing the song, so go to "Track" in the toolbar and select "Delete Track." Then select "Track" and "New Track" and click "Create" in the selection window.

Step 4: Drag and Drop Song FIle

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This is where the magic happens, baby. Go back to iT, reduce the window size enough so you can still see your song in the playlist area, but also so you can see GB behind the iT window. Click and hold the mouse on the song from iT, drag it over to the new track you just made in GB, then drop. (then make sure after the song imports, you drag the wave file back the beginning of the track, which is measure 1.)

Step 5: Preparing the Song for ITunes

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Now you have to make the song short enough so you can set it as a ringtone later on your phone. Place the playhead (the triangle at the top of the timeline with the red line) at measure 10. You can set it before 10, but on my phone it makes the ringtone last about as long as the caller is calling. Then, while the wave file is selected (highlighted orange) press Apple (command on Macs and Ctrl on Pc's) + T. This will split the track into two section. Deselect everything, then select the second half of the wave file, on the right. Delete this part of the wave file so that only the 10 measures worth of music is left.

Step 6: Smoothing Out the Song

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This step is optional, but it makes the ringtone a little more streamlined. Over to the left of your music track, there will be a dropdown button that is an upside down triangle. Click the button and a new part of the track will appear. This is the track's volume. You can add points along the blue line below the track to set levels. I use it to fade the song out at the end of the ringtone. You can also do this at the beginning.

Step 7: Export to ITunes

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Next, in GB, select "File" and "Export to iTunes." Make sure your playhead is at 1 when you do this, because if it is way past the end of the song, it will export everything from 1 to the play head.

Step 8: Converting in ITunes

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Now convert the song to an .mp3 file in iTunes by selecting "Advanced" from the toolbar, and "Convert Selection to MP3." In your playlist, this will leave you with two files that are named the same, but one is your RT and the other is a larger .aiff file. The .aiff file is unnecessary, so you can delete it if you want, but make sure you don't delete the .mp3.

Step 9: Send Rintone to Your Phone

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Now you can send the RT to your Bluetooth enabled phone. If you read this far and don't have bluetooth, sorry, but you should have read the intro too:) Go to your Bluetooth File Exchange by clicking the BT icon in the upper right corner (or however you get to it.) Then select "Send File" A window will pop up asking you to select the file you want to send. Search for your .mp3 file labeled with the song name, and click "Send." At this point you may have to take some steps to connect your phone to your computer via BT, but phones are all different so I won't try to explain that. (My phone asked for a PIN # which is a generic number you make up on your phone and then type the same number at your comp. It's a security device so other people can't send you virus files and shit.) Then click "send" in the "Send File:" window and you should receive a message on your phone asking you if you want to receive the file. Press ok on your phone and watch it download. Or make a sandwich.

After that you should have your .mp3 ringtone! It should be 550kb in size or less. If not it might not work on your phone. Enjoy your new ringtone!


henrywatson160 (author)2015-06-17

I have been using Garageband on my pc for so long. I needed it. Thanks for sharing

mayki (author)2011-06-16

Thanks for sharing! There are a lot of software to easily make ringtones, I just get information from the video converter reviews and ratings for the ringtone makers before viewing your guide.

salarys (author)2010-05-27

thank you for sharing ! it is very good !
I only hear about ringtone maker before
may be i can have a try !

andi456 (author)2009-08-05

Crap. I love garageband! but I have a PC so i cant use it:(

aandre (author)2009-05-15

I did this exact procedure soo many times. Then, my third enV replacement broke and I stopped. =]

illdoyourdrugs (author)2008-08-26

Here's my problem. i cant go online on my phone. there used to be a site to get a text/download sent right to the phone. None exist anymore to my knowledge. Any one have any other suggestions i need help. I was thinking to just connect my phone to my computer and try to add a sonf that way but that would be trial and error ha !

martymunch (author)2008-06-08

This is a good idea but after step six you can also use BitPim. I did this yesterday before I found this 'ible and had a great outcome with recording via Garage Band and saving and converting via BitPim. (Wish I would have seen this first! I didn't know about the drag and drop feature.) THANKS for the new ideas. Good job on this 'ible.

gvan (author)2008-02-23

I could not find the place to convert to mp3.

captainjohn (author)gvan2008-05-04

It says convert to AAC. What version of iTunes is it?

benmorrow4 (author)captainjohn2008-05-05

if it gives you that, then it's probably already in mp3 format...

benmorrow4 (author)gvan2008-02-25

it should be under advanced > "convert selection to mp3." hope that helps...

Capm_Crunch (author)2007-11-18

beautiful. now how do you do it with windows vista?

lmaoguy (author)Capm_Crunch2008-05-04

benmorrow4 (author)Capm_Crunch2007-11-18

well, i'm sorry my friend, but I only use windows at work. and, many pc's do not have bluetooth technology (as far as i understand.) So, i guess you vista-ites are stuck...

Nope. Use Audacity. It's free!

I use switch for mac.

Capm_Crunch (author)benmorrow42007-11-27

dang it

lmaoguy (author)2008-05-04

i have an easier way i use

Zajax (author)2008-03-05

some phones won't allow you to have a file over a certain size (my walkman phone wont let you use a file over 500kb) and since the sound would be crappy anyways, I would recommend setting the advanced mp3 encoding options to variable and 112 kbps

Deltablazing (author)Zajax2008-04-25

only 500kb???? my fone is a cheap samsung and i can send files up to 5m

Zajax (author)Deltablazing2008-04-27

no my phone can send any size file but cannot use files as ringtones when they're over 500kb.

adamthiede (author)2008-04-24

My phone will only let me send it to the sounds folder (LG VX8350). I can't set it as a ringtone from the sounds folder. Help! How do I get it to ringtones? Also, When I try "send file", it claims this:

alleyezonme (author)2007-12-24

say, if u use a usb dongle for bluetooth cant u connect using bluetooth like thatif your pc doesnt have wireless connection or somethin'? please reply.

benmorrow4 (author)alleyezonme2008-01-02

you're going out of my league with the dongle talk. i guess you'd have to ask a more avid pc user than myself...

dogfighter 45 (author)2007-11-18

What version of itunes did you use for this.

benmorrow4 (author)dogfighter 452007-11-18

well i used gb1 for this one, but now i have gb3 which has a feature that makes it exponentially easier to convert to mp3. it basically does it for you.

fivthbeatle (author)2007-09-17

I couldn't get this to work for me. I have GB3, and I have to click Share>Share to iT. And when I click on it, a little box pops up saying it's doing it, but I can't find it anywhere in iT. Any thoughts? ((P.S. This was AWESOME. I learned alot about GB. Thanks!))

benmorrow4 (author)fivthbeatle2007-09-17

I guess my first suggestion would be to make sure you named your GB project something that you will recognize as your new ringtone. (I usually save it as the song's name + RT for ringtone). Also, GB usually places the files in a default folder with your name as the artist and your name as the album. (Ex: Benjamin's Album). In Itunes, it should create a playlist with your name on the left side of the window. If it doesn't check Music>iTunes Music and then find a folder with your name on it or it may be under "unknown" artist. If that doesn't help I can go through the process again myself with GB3 and see if there might be any more snags. That was probably way too much info haha.

dementedracoon (author)2007-09-10

Able to use on windows, all you really need is Goldwave or audacity instead of Garageband.

Josho (author)2007-08-29

Err, this is for Macs, I think you could include a Windows guide, and then others will be able to follow it. I can do it on Windows from youur guide, so it wouldn't be that hard to do. Just a suggestion! But nice guide, ringtones are expensive. Keep it up!

benmorrow4 (author)Josho2007-08-29

I only have a Mac, but i'll work on getting some software for the PC at work. Then I can make a guide for all the less-fortunate ones... :)

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