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How to make a ringtone using GarageBand (Mac)
Apple’s GarageBand is another free alternative that lets Mac users create their own custom Android ringtones. And because it comes standard with iLife suite when you buy a Mac, there should be no need to purchase the software.
Step 1: Open GarageBand
Open the program. Make sure you grab the latest update of the software before you continue.
Step 2: Start a new loop project
Select iPhone Ringtone from the main GarageBand window and click Loops. Then name the project – don’t worry about the Signature, beats per minute (bmp), Key, or Temp – and click Create. It’s probably best to choose a project name that will help you better identify the audio file down the line, such as a ringtone or alert tone.
Step 3: Set up GarageBand
Next you want to make a few changes to Garageband so you can create your ringtone. First, click the note icon at the bottom of the screen and make sure it is set to Time. Then click the double arrow icon at the bottom of the screen to activate the Cycle Region (the yellow bar running across the top of the screen). Lastly, click the media icon in the bottom right-hand corner to switch to the media browser.
Step 4: Import your song into Garageband
Choose the song you’d like to use for your new iPhone ringtone. Keep in mind that iPhone ringtones continually run in 30-second (or less) loops, so don’t pick something that you are going to regret later. Select the song from the iTunes drop-down menu on the right-hand side or search for for it using the Spotlight bar at the bottom, then drag and drop the audio file in the area labeled Drag Apple Loops Here.
Step 5: Select the position and duration of the ringtone
Now it’s time to select the part of the song you want to capture for your custom ringtone. The Cycle Region (the yellow bar at the top) will dictate the position and duration of the ringtone, so simply adjust the portion of the song you want by selecting and dragging the bar on either end. Note the time is measured above the Cycle Region and you can click the spacebar to listen to your selected portion of the song.
Step 6: Share the ringtone
Once you’ve settled upon a ringtone selection, select the Share option in the main menu bar and click Export Song to Disk. Choose the Mp3 format option and your desired save destination. Garageband will do the rest.
Step 7: Mount your Android phone
Connect and mount your Android phone to your computer.
Step 8: Drag & drop MP3
Drag and drop your new ringtone into your ringtones folder on your Android drive. If you don’t have a designated ringtones folder, go ahead and create one to stash all your future tones.
Step 9: Eject & set
Now just eject your Android phone, go to your phone’s settings, and set the ringtone under the Sounds options.
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