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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 thought of a really good example today of why NOT to pay for ringtones. So let's say over the course of a month you have 10 ringtones you want to get from an online site.  Let's say that they average 250KB each. You have no data plan (i.e. you have to pay for data $0.01 per KB). Some quick math equation solving...no quiz I promise...

 

10 (ringtones) x 250 (KB / ringtone) = 2500KB 

 

2500 (KB) x 0.01 (dollars / KB) =  $25.00

 

For that price you could have just got unlimited data for a month and run amok. Or if you like your money and would rather spend it on a new leather case for your phone, you could do that too. Think about it.

 

Something I'm amazed at is that not a single person has asked a question about Audacity or making their own ringtones. Either I'm that good or readers are really bashful....I suspect that I'm not that lucky. Just ask...I don't bite (most of the time). You can even use Audacity to mix your own music or voice tracks for videos in addition to enhancing the music you already have. It's versatile. Use it, use the undo button, ask ?'s ...I'll be glad to help.

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Sandspurious....you did a GREAT job with this!! My husband already makes some for me using Audacity. This was before you posted this here. I really wish he had this at the time he made mine. He had to kind of play with Audacity and figure it out for himself at the time. This would have been REALLY handy!! Smiley Happy

 




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I downloaded Audacity, imported mp3 file, but cannot hear the track to know where to delete the part I do not want.  What am I missing?
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@caramelangel1 wrote:
      I downloaded Audacity, imported mp3 file, but cannot hear the track to know where to delete the part I do not want.  What am I missing?

      As a possibility i would say turn the speakers on....... but i could be wrong..... also here is a more expanded version of the post above.

 

 

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     Okay, I decided to make this since there are those technically challenged people (not a bad thing) that want to have MP3 ringtones on their phone. This is actually a very easy process, and isn't as bad as it seems. I just have so many pics because I wanted to make this as "step-by-step" as possible. In order to follow my directions exactly, you will need Audacity (free) and Alive MP3 WAV Converter (not free, but if you need help, PM me). However, if you have an audio editor that you're comfortable with and a WAV to MP3 converter, feel free to use that instead, and just adjust my directions for your own programs.
Edit: Lame_enc.dll can be downloaded here. This will get rid of the need to have a converter.
 
1. Find the song that you want to use. It's best to listen to it to find a good 30-40 second chunk of the song that you can extract. Now I know that the phone's max ringer will only ring for 30 seconds, but for some reason, most songs don't have good 30 second chunks, and their chunks seem to end at 40+ seconds. Don't go beyond this though, as it's highly unnecessary, and will only waste space on your phone.
Making an MP3 Ringer
2. Open up Audacity.
Making an MP3 Ringer
3. In Audacity, under the file menu, open up the song file that you want to turn into a ringer.
Making an MP3 Ringer
4. When you open it, you'll get a dialogue box like the one in the pic below, telling you that the MP3 is importing (or whatever file format your song is in).
Making an MP3 Ringer
5. Once your song is done importing, you'll get waves, in correlation with the song's frequency, that looks like below.
Making an MP3 Ringer
6. Take the magnifying glass (upper left of Audacity's workspace) and left-click on the waves to expand it, so you can see the detail of where the song changes and all.
Making an MP3 Ringer
7. In this song ("She's the Blade" by Sugarcult), I liked the way it began, so all I had to do was to find where I wanted it to end (if you want to start the song in a different place, use this step, but backwards, deleting everything that you don't want before ((at step 13, you can see how to cross fade out, but choose cross fade in instead, so it starts low and the volume gets higher))).
Anyways, using the "I-beam" selection, click where you want the song to end.
Making an MP3 Ringer
8. You now have where you want the song to start, and you are going to delete everything after that. Select the magnifying glass and right-click the waves until they get small enough so you can see the whole song on the screen (this way you can select the whole song easily, instead of dragging it past the edge of the workspace to select the whole song).
Making an MP3 Ringer
9. Select from where you clicked and drag to the end of the song. One thing to note is that when you click anywhere in the song and let go, you can select that exact point that you chose as long as you place the cursor over the line and it changes from an arrow to a hand. When it's a hand, the point where you selected will not change when you click (try it, it's easier to see than to explain).
Making an MP3 Ringer
10. Push the "Delete" key and everything you highlighted will disappear.
Making an MP3 Ringer
11. Get the magnifying glass and expand the song's waves again.
Making an MP3 Ringer
12. Now, we are going to fade this song out, because I want it to fade out into silence. Find a good area (at the end, obviously) that would sound good to start fading out and highlight from there to the end of the song.
Making an MP3 Ringer
13. In Audacity, go up to "Effect" and scroll down to the bottom and select Cross Fade Out. This will automatically fade your music out.
Making an MP3 Ringer
14. When you select "Cross Fade Out", the area you have selected will "cone out", like the waves below.
Making an MP3 Ringer
15. Go up to the file menu and select "Export As WAV". Be careful not to select "Export Selection As WAV", otherwise it will only export the cross faded out part (unless you have deselected the waves).
Making an MP3 Ringer
16. Choose where you want to save your file.
Making an MP3 Ringer
17. You will get a dialogue box saying that it is exporting your file into a WAV file. Don't worry if you don't see this box, if you see it, that means that your file is big enough that it's taking some time to export (it should only appear for a few seconds, any long and your song's way too big).
Making an MP3 Ringer
18. Close Audacity. You'll get a dialogue box asking if you want to save changes. For some reason Audacity won't let you save as an MP3 and if you tell it to, it won't actually let you save without some workaround, so just tell it no.
Making an MP3 Ringer
19. Now, I have a program called "dbPowerAMP". I like it because when you hover your cursor over a song file, it shows you the properties (as seen below). This will come into importance in a later step.
Making an MP3 Ringer
Making an MP3 Ringer
20. Open up Alive MP3 WAV Converter (or whatever converter you are using) and hit the big "Play" button in the bottom right of the program to open up the "Open" window.
Making an MP3 Ringer
21. If you didn't delete your WAV file, this is where dpPowerAMP comes in handy, as it's most likely that both the WAV file and the MP3 file will have the same name, so you can hover over it and see which is the MP3 file.
Making an MP3 Ringer
22. When you open up your file, you need to change the quality settings of the final result. Personally, I make it a rule of thumb to have the Kbps (Kilobytes per second) double what the KHz (kilohertz) is. You really don't need the KHz any higher than 24. Any higher than that is wasting space. And don't forget, you don't need stereo on your ringers.
Making an MP3 Ringer
23. If you didn't delete the original MP3 (the source file that you used to create the WAV file), you'll get the box below, asking if you want to overwrite it. If you have a copy of the song, then this is fine. However, if you want to save the song, then copy the song somewhere else, and then select yes.
Making an MP3 Ringer
24. In Alive MP3 WAV Converter, in the bottom right of the program, lights will go around the circle as it is converting. The finished product should be no more than 300Kb.
Making an MP3 Ringer

If you want to use Bluetooth to transfer your ringtone, keep reading. If you use cable or IR, then you can end here and transfer your ringtone that way.
25. Now, the Bluetooth dongle that I got integrates nicely into Windows XP Service Pack 2, so I didn't need to install any extra software. Right-click your song file and go to the "Send To" option and select the "Bluetooth device" option.
Making an MP3 Ringer
26. The following box will pop up. Tell it to browse.
Making an MP3 Ringer
27. It will locate any bluetooth devices around it, with the visibility set as "On".
Making an MP3 Ringer
28. If you have already paired your devices, the next box will show the devices that you have connected (even if their Bluetooth is off, or even if they themselves are off). Select the device that you want to send your new ringer to.
Making an MP3 Ringer
29. Once you confirm on your phone (if your phone needs to confirm file transfers), it will send your ringer over.
Making an MP3 Ringer
30. And you're done! You've made and transfered your own ringtone! :-D
Making an MP3 Ringer
     I'll upload the finished product so you can all hear later. The site I upload my stuff is currently undergoing maintainance, so I can't upload it at the moment.

Message Edited by RMskater on 02-11-2006 08:37 PM

 

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You certainlyseem to know your stuff! I'm afaid that although I have created a my ringtone folder on the storage card in my LG Incite, I'm ignorant as to how to move an mp3 file into it.Any suggestions?
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I did have the speakers on but there was no music just some noise.  I believe it is because the files I tried to import were mpeg4 (cds downloaded on to itunes located in my itunes music library).  When I imported mp3 files they did fine.   This explantion was great but how do I get a converter that is free that I can understand how to use.
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@caramelangel1 wrote:
      I did have the speakers on but there was no music just some noise.  I believe it is because the files I tried to import were mpeg4 (cds downloaded on to itunes located in my itunes music library).  When I imported mp3 files they did fine.   This explantion was great but how do I get a converter that is free that I can understand how to use.

      Try this site here http://media-convert.com/

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@caramelangel1 wrote:
I believe it is because the files I tried to import were mpeg4 (cds downloaded on to itunes located in my itunes music library).  When I imported mp3 files they did fine.   This explantion was great but how do I get a converter that is free that I can understand how to use.

You already have it...go into the settings for iTunes and reset them to 128kbps mp3's (should be the standard for everything instead of Microsoft and Apple's proprietary brands. You'll obviously have to re-import your music from your CD's, but you can use this as a learning experience....don't trust Apple. haha jk   .....or am I?

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I just wanted to thank-you very much for answering one of my questions.... I have been having so much fun with this program. It sure beats the ringtones they have at the download site this is much more fun and a lot more personal.  It was also a great help to just go to the site and know exactly what to do. Your instructions were right on the mark. Thank-You, Thank-You, Thank-You........
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You're welcome.

 

And Wilcre...you're killing me. Wouldn't it have been just as easy to have posted a new thread with the semi-related info and just linking to it? I tried to make it as simple and straitforward as possible so that beginners wouldn't get confused or discouraged.

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OK.... I finally figured out how to do everything with Audacity.... I transferred my new tone to my microsd, and inserted it into my phone. I cant not figure out how to go from here...... I hate AT&T's ringtones and the double billing..... Please, im begging, help me.... lol
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Well...that depends what kind of phone you have. One way to do it is to locate the file on the phone with whatever the default file explorer is. On an LG standard phone press Menu > My Stuff > Memory Card and locate the file and continue on... Once you located the file, select it and then press Options > Set As > Ringtone. Each phone will be different, but the general idea is the same. Doing it this way will also let you select ringtones for individual people easier.

 

Another way to do it is to go to Menu > Settings > Audio & Ringtones > Ringtones and then select your file and press Set

 

If you have a Windows smartphone go to Start > Programs > Tools > File Explorer and use the upper-left hand tab to navigate to the file you want to set as your ringtone. Bear in mind that all AT&T phones come preset with a 300KB limit that cannot be exceeded unless you have a Windows Smartphone and use This Guide.

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There are some online tools that help you cut ringtones out of song files if you find Audacity hard to use or not working. Take a look at Mobizaar.com. That should do the trick... it's free but you have to register there though

 

Gina 

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I followed all these steps and was able to get file on my phone, it will play but will not  let me set it as a ringtone....... any suggesstions? maybe the file is to big?
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