Once upon a time, users who wanted custom ringtones had to pay for them – buying a new tune often came with a secret subscription somewhere in the fine print that would charge users much more than they bargained for.
Thankfully, all that is in the past, and modern phones are more than capable of supporting custom tunes – that includes home-made ones. Sure, having whatever is at the top of the charts as a ring melody is fine, but creating a custom tone is much more personal and unique – and easier than you think. Below are some instructions on how to create your own ringtone for your phone!
For Mac users:
The best way for Mac users who also have an iPhone to create custom melodies is to use the program GarageBand. With it, you can easily create whatever melody you would like. As you can set the length of your melody, the position within the song, etc, it’s the perfect tool for creating your ringtone. You can even pick just your favourite part of a song if you want – and the finished product can be sent straight to your iTunes.
If you have an Android phone, you can still use GarageBand, except that instead of sending your melody to iTunes, you can instead export it as an MP3 file. This MP3 file you can transfer straight to your phone in order to use it as a ringtone.
Tip: iPhones use M4A as the file format for ringtones, while MP3 is used for Android. That’s why you have to ex/import the files in the right format, depending on your phone.
For Windows users:
The free software Fried Cookie’s Ringtone Maker is a great tool for making ringtones. It allows you to convert any song you want into various ringtone formats. It’s a one-fits-all solution – the program can export music to all necessary file formats, whether it’s for an iPhone, Android or something else entirely.
It’s an easy to use program, but if it doesn’t agree with you, you can also use other software like Audacity (with the extension LAME).