Rolling your own ringtones

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Stevie
Rolling your own ringtones

I am apparently the oddball here since I love making my own ringtones. Some ringtones you just cannot buy and if you learn to do it yourself, you are only limited to your imagination. I made the intro to Clapton's "Mustang Sally" for my wife to use in her standard V3 RAZR (Cingular). She also likes the intro from "Fly Away" by Lenny Kravitz I made.

The ringtone list in my Motorola V3i RAZR has hooks from several hit disco songs. Try to find Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell" or Blondie's "Call Me" as available downloads. I've also got a realistic sounding repeating cricket chirp programmed in the "soft" preset for use in meetings. My current normal tone is the intro from "Hella Good" (Garbage).

Software: I use Goldwave (free) and can make a ringtone out of one of my mp3's in less than 2 minutes and load it into my phone in 30 seconds. They can only sound as good as your speaker allows and anything beyond that is overkill and wasted space. I've had best results saving them as 32000hz/96 bitrate/mono (you can do this with Goldwave) for a small file size that sounds decent from a phone's speaker.

Of course to load ringtones, you also need intuitive software to interface with your phone. IMO, the available software for your phone should carry as much weight as the phone itself when making a decision on which phone to buy. Motorola has a nice software interface with its Motorola Phone Tools (MPT) application. Not only does it access your media files (ringtones, pictures, videos), it manages your contact list and calendar.

Some carriers block features such as custom ringtone loading (they want you to pay THEM for ringtones) so you need to check into that too.

   

animestrinity
create-a-tone

Yes, I bought a new phone a while ago and realized that my newly purchased a phone only accepted drm mp3 files... meaning, they wanted me to pay for them... which I have no problem with... my problem lies in the fact that they don't have the ringtones I want, or they don't have the clip of the song that I want...

I searched my butt off... and found 2 methods that seemed to work... conversion to conversion to conversion of files that resulted in a crummy quality ringtone, or conversion and uploaded through bluetooth that was said to work rather well... so you may want to look into that... I never tried it since I'm lazy and usually have my phone on vibrate anyway... but it seems there are loopholes around the drm ringtones.

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Blonde is a state of mind... or lack thereof...

erinroxorz
Using iTunes to create ringtones!

My favorite way to make ringtones is with my favorite media program: iTunes. If you go to the song you'd like to make a ringtone out of, you can edit the length by right-clicking the song and going to get info. From there you can edit the length in the third tab, then convert the song to an mp3 by right-clicking on the song in the library again. Then you just copy and paste to wherever your phone disk file's at. I have a pearl that connects by USB with the RIM software, so it literally shows a window where I can paste to. Love it. It's super simple, and obviously there's no looking for phone ringtones that are compatible. GL! If you guys would like to *email* me with one song i'd love to convert it for you as an example :)

*edit --turn on personal contact options

ddnn
Re: Using iTunes to create ringtones!

Will this work on verizon phones?

p to the izzle
Re: Using iTunes to create ringtones!

I don't think it will. I have a coworker with Verizon. She can only use downloaded songs from Verizon. She can listen to mps but can't use them. I'm guessing that's who amine  is using. I do iTunes as well to add ringtones. I even hooked my buddy up with some using our bluetooth. He can't connect his phone to a computer so I put it on my phone and sent it via blue tooth. Easy as pie.

"I'm just like you only shorter."

 

ddnn
Re: Rolling your own ringtones

What is drm mp3's?

animestrinity
DRM MP3 Ringtones...

DRM Stands for Digital Rights Management... and in the cell phone world, it means 'Screw the Customers'... well... that's just me ranting... basically what it is, is take for example my phone... I can download all the MP3s that I want to listen to onto my phone... I can make them myself if I like... BUUUTTTT, my phone only uses the DRM mp3 ringtones that my carrier has to offer... so I can't set any of the mp3's I did myself as a tone... I can listen to them...... but they can't be a ringer...

I have to go to my carrier's website to download the mp3's with drm to set it as my ringtone, so I'm limited to what my carrier has to offer. Now this seems to just be occuring with the newer phones... my old phone through the same carrier didn't have to use the carriers drm mp3s. I could clip any piece of unedited music that I liked... *sigh* the good ol' days... so I guess right now it's just limited to the actual handsets...

To sum it up, DRM on mobile phones is just a way to limit what files you can use on the handset. The networks want you to (*gasp*) pay *them* for the ringtones... a sort of copyright if you will...

So yes... anyone want to sell an older phone? Just kidding....

~~~

Blonde is a state of mind... or lack thereof...

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