Making custom ringtones has become easier than ever now. Anyone with a computer can download free software or use free online tools to create ringtones out of almost any sound they can record or any music that they have. And now, you can make your ringtones on the phone itself. That way you don’t even have to transfer ringtones from your PC to phone. Let’s look at some of the ringtone-making apps that you can use on your smartphone.
iPhone Apps for making ringtones
Ringtone Maker (by Zentertain)
Ringtone Maker is one of the most popular ringtone making apps in the iTunes app store and it’s a free app. It has a simple interface where you can load any file from your music library and edit it in to a ringtone. You can select a starting point and then choose how long you want the ringtone to be (40 seconds is the maximum length). You can put fade in/out effects. With advanced tools you can change the pitch and the speed of the ringtone. You can also use some of the fun presets to make it sound interesting.
You can also record a sound and turn that in to a ringtone. Once you are done, hit the save button and the ringtone becomes available for use immediately. You might have to read the help document once to learn how to access the ringtone you just created.
Myxer Ringtones from the Myxer music service is a free ringtone-making app with a twist. It not only allows you to create ringtones from you own music library, it also allows you to choose from a huge online catalogue of music and turn them in to ringtones. Both these online selections and your personal music collection are fully customizable to turn into a ringtone.
You start by either choosing your own music from your iPod or by choosing something from their online catalogue. You are then presented with a waveform view of the track with start and end markers that you can drag to create your selections. The app offers some suggestions about which parts to select based on the choice made by other Myxer users for the same track. Once you are done, you can save your ringtone and start using it at once.
Android Apps for making ringtones
This is a simple ringtone-making app for Android with a clever and well-designed interface. Once you fire up the app, you can choose to either create a new ringtone or manage your existing ones. Once you choose to create, you can take your pick from the audio files on your phone and open it in the app. The ringtone-making screen has a large, zoomed in view of the audio waveform that you have selected. On top of it is a narrow strip that shows the entire waveform and your current position on it. The large waveform view also has the start and end markers for you to make the selection. Below the waveform are two sliders for controlling the fade in and fade out amount. And at the very bottom are the play and save buttons. Once you are satisfied with the selection you have made, tap the save button and your new ringtone becomes available immediately.
MP3 Ringtone Maker (by Luckystar)
MP3 Ringtone Maker is a very easy to use app that also gives you the liberty to search online for the songs that you are looking for. This search feature makes it a very popular free app on the Android market. After launching the app, you can start by either searching for a song you want to use or you can look in to your own library to select something from the sounds that you already have. After this selection is done, the app shows a waveform of the MP3 that you have chosen. You can zoom in and out of the waveform and move around start and end markers to select exactly the portion that you want as your ringtone. You can playback and skip back and forth through the track. Once you are satisfied, tap the save button and you are done. Simple, easy and pretty effective.
Online Tools for making ringtones
If you are looking for a fast and free online ringtone creation tool with its own catalogue of free tunes, melofania.com is a good place. You can use it to upload your own tracks and make it into iPhone or Mp3 ringtones in 3 easy steps — upload, make selection and then download finished ringtone in your chosen format. Or you can choose from their catalogue of popular tunes as ringtones, which are also free. You can only customize your own tracks. The free catalogue has pre-made ringtones that you can download for free.
So if you are going to use your smartphone to create your own ringtones, you have plenty of apps to choose from. Additionally, the online tools are always there for you to use for free whenever you need them.
About the Author
Dimitar Gotchev is second year tech student from Bulgaria. He is interested in smartphones, web programming and yoga.