If you're anything like me, you're constantly switching up the alert tones on your phone and you change your ringtone almost monthly. If you had it your way, you'd have a ringtone for every person in your contacts. Well this can be tough, and it can get old really quickly, especially when most of the default ringtones are pretty lame. You're in luck because today's tutorial is great for everyone who is bored with the default tones and really doesn't want to spend the money to buy new ones.
How To Make Custom Ringtones with Garageband X
The nice thing about Garageband X is that it comes with a project template that's specifically for creating your own custom ringtones and we're going to show you exactly how to do that today!
When you open up the Ringtone Template you'll see an empty Track with the Cycle enabled for the predetermined length that is perfect for your ringtone. All you have to do at this point is drag a piece of media into the empty track provided. You can pick anything from the Loop Library or something from your Media Library, like another Garageband Project or any song from iTunes. You can even use an audio file straight from your Finder window or desktop, just click & drag the audio file into the empty track in Garageband.
The audio file you select will most likely extend past the predetermined ringtone Cycle, so you'll need to trim the excess audio off the end. Move the Playhead to the end of the Cycle, then type in "Command + T", which will split the audio file at the Playhead's position. Delete the excess part of the audio file and you will then have your own custom ringtone which you created.
It's up to you if you want to save this Project, the saved name will transfer over into iTunes once exported. To do this, access the "Garageband Preferences > My Info" and there you can edit the export name settings for Garageband. You can also rename the file after it's been exported into your iTunes Library, so this step is totally optional.
To Export your ringtone, simply go to "Share > Ringtone to iTunes". Lastly, all you have to do next is sync your phone with your computer, then your new custom ringtone will be uploaded to your phone!
Whoo Hoo! You just made a Ringtone!
Hopefully we were able to answer your questions about making your custom ringtones but if you still need some help please let us know.
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Talk to you soon! - Drew @diygarageband