After two years of waiting, my wife bought an iPhone. She had a BlackBerry on Verizon. Now and iPhone on AT&T. So far, so good. No dropped calls. She loves the apps but she has one complaint.
Ringtones. Her BlackBerry had a specific ringtone for family, friends, and co-workers. She paid for those ringtones. Moving them to the iPhone seemed to be a chore so we started from scratch.
Make Your Own Ringtones
I was sure that when Apple released the iPhone back in 2007 that it wouldn’t be long before ringtones became click simple.
Cell phone companies made a killing on ringtones, charging an arm and a leg, and not making it easy for the average cell phone user to transfer them to new phones.
Mac users like control. iPhone users like control. So, why not use your Mac to create your own ringtones?
It’s disgustingly easy, and mostly point and click. Tutorials abound which will walk you through the process. It’s mostly easy, but there are plenty of steps. Mac apps to the rescue.
More Than 6 Ways To Do It
This won’t be a Kama Sutra step-by-step of all the ways to create iPhone ringtones using your Mac. Why not? It’s too easy. Choose any of the solutions and you’re good to go.
7 – Garageband – If you have a Mac, you probably have Garageband. While GB is a competent audio recorder, it can seem complicated, especially with ringtone creation. Fortunately, Apple provides a tutorial called How To Create Custom Ringtones in Garageband.
6 – Ringtones – The Little App Factory’s Ringtones is about as easy as it gets. Up pops a window with all your iTunes music. Select a song and an audio wave editor appears below. Have no fear. Drag and stretch the audio selection over the sound waves, click Preview, and you’re ready to Send to iTunes. That’s easy.
5 – iToner – If you can drag and drop and click, you can use Ambrosia’s iToner. It’s different than Ringtones or Garageband. Plug in your iPhone. Drag and drop songs onto iToner, crop just the sound you want, sync, and you’re done. The approach is different. The result is the same.
4 – Ringer – Taking the drag and drop approach is Ringer. The window lists your iTunes library on the left column with a big window on the right. Drag and drop songs to the right. A waveform editor appears. Drag over the song to select just the right length and location, click to Preview, click to Create. Syncing with iTunes is automatic.
3 – iRingtunes – If you’re getting the idea that all ringtone creation software is similar, you’re correct. While the price tags of other ringtone creators are nominal, iRingtunes is free. In this case, free means fewer bells and whistles. Select a song from the iTunes list. Use a slider to mark where you want the ringtone to begin. Use another slider to mark where you want it to end. Click Preview Ringtone, then click Save Ringtone to iTunes. Easy. And no messy waveforms to scare you.
2 – Make iPhone Ringtone – Another freebie is Rogue Amoeba’s entry level app, Make iPhone Ringtone. Drag and drop. The problem is that you must pre-edit your songs or music to 40-seconds or less, and they must be AAC files (think MP4). But, it’s free.
1 – Fission – I’m not listing the more capable and complex Fission audio editor as #1 because it’s the best, though it is, or because it’s the easiest, because it’s not, or because it’s the most expensive, though it is.
Fission is, first and foremost, an audio wave form editor with a lot of bells and whistles, one of which is to create high quality, custom-built ringtones for your iPhone.
If any of the ringtone makers above are too complex, avoid Fission. If they’re too easy and you want to do more, look closely at Fission, because you can do much more.
Fission features lossless quality editing, so your ringtones won’t sound muffled or garbled. It supports MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV audio formats. Why is this cool? Because ringtones are not just music.
Use Fission to create and edit any kind of sound for a ringtone—including voices, each of which can be quickly edited. Voices. TV shows. Movies. If it’s sound, Fission can help you create a stunning and totally creative ringtone.
Have your children record an audio ringtone on your Mac, and transfer it to your iPhone. Got a crackly voiced mother-in-law? Secretly record her voice as your ringtone.
You can also save the creation as an iPhone ringtone, yes, but files can be saved for nearly any cell phone. Even edit iTunes Plus music from the iTunes Store. Fission is more than ringtones, of course, but that’s where the real ringtone fun begins.