All Models - Tutorial: Make Your Own FREE Ringtones

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All Models - Tutorial: Make Your Own FREE Ringtones

All models - Tutorial: Make Your Own High Quality FREE Ringtones (as many as you want)

 

First go to http://audacity.sourceforge.net/  and download Audacity Audio Editor version 1.2.6. It's the latest stable version and I haven't checked the newer ones yet. Next, make a folder on your PC in C:\Program Files called Audacity and move everything associated with Audacity to it. You should also add the LAME library (for making mp3's) to the same folder. You can either search the web for it or you can use a link in the program later on. Note, you do not actually "install" Audacity but rather you "run" it so right-click on the file called Audacity and select Send To > Desktop. This is your shortcut to using the program. The shortcut can also be copied into your Start menu.

 

Once you've accomplished the opening stuff you're ready to go. Read all the way through the following tutorial before beginning and don't be afraid to use the Undo button in Audacity.  I like to use Fade In and Out effects on my ringtones, but the following is just to get you started. Feel free to post kudos if you found this useful or if you hated it;-) Also, feel free to donate to the open-source guys at the Audacity project on their sourceforge page; as you're about to find out, they do good work.

 

 

Step 1

 

Step 2

 

 Step 3

 

Step 4

You should be off and away making as many ringtones as you like. Once you have some finished you can email them to your phone (MMS), use Bluetooth or a USB cable to download them directly, or you can load them directly onto a microSD card if your computer has a card reader. There's also a tutorial on how to increase the file limit on Windows Mobile (6.1) based devices such as the LG Incite and HTC Fuze...It's in the LG section. They're limited to 300KB out of the box, but you can change it to 6MB if you like so that you can use higher bitrates (96, 128, and 192). That information is available in other places, but I want to make it easier for everyone than it was for me. If there's any questions about transfering your ringtones to your phone please ask away...I'll do my best to try to help.  Also, please keep this thread alive so that people won't need to ask where to get free ringtones anymore. Cheers!

 

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I hate to burst your balloon, but your system doesn't work on all devices, such as the Samsung Solstice. I had even tried to buy the ringtone but got a message that the ringtone I wanted was not available for my device. So I made my own, emailed it to my phone, and even set it as my ringtone. But when the phone rings, it plays a generic AT&T tone. Have any solutions to that problem?

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Hey, Sandspurious!  Wanted you to know how helpful the info you gave was.  I just have one problem so far.  When I'm trying to download the Alive MP3 WAV Converter, it keeps giving the error  " unable to register the DLL/OCX: DllRegisterServer failed; code Ox80004005 ".  What does this mean?  I've tried to contact regNow (the website I purchased the program from), but they have not responded.  The only way to reach them is by email.  Just wondered if you had any suggestions.

 

Thanks.

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i have read and understood the procedure for changing the ringtone size limit on my lg incite phone.my problem is that i cant seem to locate the entry FILESIZELIMIT in the registry.its just not where sandspurious said it will be.i wil be grateful for any help i can get.
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oldernwizr wrote:

I hate to burst your balloon, but your system doesn't work on all devices, such as the Samsung Solstice. I had even tried to buy the ringtone but got a message that the ringtone I wanted was not available for my device. So I made my own, emailed it to my phone, and even set it as my ringtone. But when the phone rings, it plays a generic AT&T tone. Have any solutions to that problem?


 

Unfortunately, the Samsung Solstice is NOT a smartphone (even if it looks like one from a distance). This makes it harder to handle the folder structure. You have 4 options for getting files onto your phone 1.) Put your phone in USB mass storage mode and use a USB cable. Drag and drop mp3 using Windows Explorer or equivalent, 2.) use Bluetooth connection to do the same thing (IT'S FREE), 3.) Use your microSD card to transfer, and 4.) Email or MMS it to yourself as an attachment

 

If you have a "dumbphone" often times the best method involves (3). Remove your mSD card from your phone. Put it in a full-size SD adapter and insert into PC/ laptop SD slot. Use Windows Explorer or equivalent file manager to copy and paste or save the file directly when outputting on Audacity. It would be smart to do several at once to avoid having to do this over. Replace your mSD card into your phone and then make the phone locate the file. Copy the file onto the phone's memory if you're required to...this is the process I used to use with my LG CU 500 (a fine phone, but extra work to manage files).

 

Some phones require the file be saved in a specific folder (e.g. /Windows/Ringtones) otherwise you may need to refer to your user manual for storing / selecting non-stock ringtones. I don't ever advise people to buy ringtones because 1.) you don't learn anything and 2.) they're a rip-off.

 

 

To everyone out there that's kept this thread going after months of my absence....thank you.

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Hello Sandspurious,

 

I have an LG Go phone and am fairly happy with it. The down side is when I made an .mp3 to use as a ring tone, it would only load as an .amr and therefore will not let the file be used as a ringtone. I used a good program similar to Audacity. I don't have a memory card - is this what I need?  Or does ATT restrict ringtones for GO phones only to those you can order from them?  I'm still fairly new at this so please bear with me if my question appears ignorant - it is!

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RusticatedLady wrote:

Hello Sandspurious,

 

I have an LG Go phone and am fairly happy with it. The down side is when I made an .mp3 to use as a ring tone, it would only load as an .amr and therefore will not let the file be used as a ringtone. I used a good program similar to Audacity. I don't have a memory card - is this what I need?  Or does ATT restrict ringtones for GO phones only to those you can order from them?  I'm still fairly new at this so please bear with me if my question appears ignorant - it is!


 

GoPhones are almost identical to normal AT&T phones in thier programming. It is recommended, but not required that you have a microSD card installed. Some non-smart phones will restrict the files you try to use as ringtones.

 

Often, ways around this include:

1.) use Audacity to make your ringtones smaller than 300KB* by adjusting the bitrate to 64kbps or less, or by trimming the audio clip to well less than 30 seconds

  *the smaller the better

2.) aim for .mp3 format, but if that fails, try the uncompressed .wav format

   refer back to #1

3.) read online or check the user's manual for which folder is the place the phone lists its ringtones.

 

Let me know if that helps,

-S

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Hi Sandspurious,

Thank you for all of your help on this topic! I'm searching the forums today to try & figure out why my purchased ringtones stopped working. I find shopping for ringtones quite tedious & time-consuming, since it is difficult to find music I actually like, and I would love to just make my own ringtones & wallpapers. I believe I can follow your excellent instructions without a problem, but am still not quite clear about how to get the ringtones actually on my phone.

 

I have a low-end dumb phone, Samsung a107, (more than adequate for my needs). I'm relatively savvy with my computer, but rarely have the need for a cell phone; therefore, I'm not too savvy with cell tech. Is the SIM card the same thing as a micro SD card? My laptop has a card reader that I use with my camera's memory cards; is there an adapter that will allow the SIM card to be read/written to on my computer?

 

Thank you!

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hi,

thank you all for giving such an nice information...its useful

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Re: Tumblebee

 

Hi Tumblebee,

 

A SIM card is the chip that identifies your phone to the network. It's small, rectangular and normally has gold contacts on one side and the AT&T logo on the other. The card can help to store minor information like a limited number of contacts.

 

A MicroSD card is a non-volatile NAND-based flash memory chip that can store potentially large sums of data for long periods of time. They're typically small, black, and are manufactured by companies such as Sandisk, PNY, Lexar, Apacer, Kingston, Transcend, etc. with coresponding logos on them. (This is a link with a picture of a microSD card and adapter... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820208503 )

 

A very helpful feature of a MicroSD card is that you can turn off your phone, remove the card, and then place it into an adapter for your laptop/ desktop. A message will pop up on your screen advising that it was discovered and your computer will treat it just like a USB "thumbdrive." If you're using a Windows PC, you can just drag and drop (or copy & paste) your ringtone files into your preferred folder. For example, F:\My Ringtones (assuming that you've made a folder on your card called "My Ringtones."

 

After your ringtone files are finished transferring, close the Windows Explorer windows and then look for an icon near your clock that allows you to Safely Remove Hardware. It's usually not necessary, but just in case. After that's done, go ahead and transfer the MicroSD card back into your phone and tell the ringtone manager to look in the appropriate folder or to scan the memory card for ringtones. Most feature phones will only "find" WAV or MP3 files that are less than 30 seconds and less than 250KB. (In Audacity, a 20 second music clip saved as a 64kbps MP3 should work well)

 

Notes:

+ Make sure when saving MP3 files with Audacity that you give them appropriate names that DO NOT overlap the original file names or else you will overwrite the original.

+ Below is an example of where & how I store the ringtones I've created on my laptop. (This will be different for a Mac)...

        C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR NAME\My Documents\Phone\Ringtones\Ring-Sublime.mp3 

+ Next is an example of how I store the ringtones on my MicroSD card...

         \My Ringtones\Ring-Sublime.mp3

 

I hope this helps.

Sandspurious

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Hi Sandspurious,

 

Thanks for the kind info. I must have been a little brain-dead the day I wrote that question, sorry. I'm familiar with the micro SD card, I use them regularly. I think my phone must not use a memory card; I don't see any place where one can go in the phone. When I open the back, there is the battery, when I take it out, there is the SIM card, & the rest of the space is filled up with the phone's parts. No room for a card. Is there any other way to get the ringtones actually ON the phone?

 

Thank you!

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Trumblebee wrote:

 

Is there any other way to get the ringtones actually ON the phone?


I didn't see anything about Bluetooth, USB connectivity, or microSD expansion on the Samsung support page. If this is correct, you may have to either resort to creating the mp3 audio file, attach it to a blank email, and then sending it to yourself at 1234567890@mms.att.net where "123..." is your 10-digit phone number w/out symbols. Try to open the MMS message on your phone and see if you can save or play the file. If this method doesn't work, then your a107 probably isn't compatible with mp3 ringtones.

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Awesome, thank you so very much! I probably won't have time to work on this for a few weeks, but I'll post an update to let you know when I do. I do have email capability on my phone, so let's cross our fingers..

Thanks again, this required you to research MY phone, it was so very kind of you. (I HATE to buy a ringtone that is only good for 60 days. It's way too much trouble for that!)
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You're welcome, Tumbletree. Make sure you return to this thread and tell the other community users if you were able to successfully email it to yourself and set the ringtone. Undoubtably others have encountered the same issue and will want to know what you did and if it worked.

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Thanks, I will do that. Probably not until January though... Have a merry Christmas!
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