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Brief Guide to Creating Your Own Ringtones
By: Barzan "Tony" Antal
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    Table of Contents:
  • Brief Guide to Creating Your Own Ringtones
  • Required Software
  • Doing the Job
  • Wrapping Things Up

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    Brief Guide to Creating Your Own Ringtones - Doing the Job

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    In the previous section I mentioned that Iíve chosen Wavosaur for the purpose of this brief guide. It can be downloaded from here. After that, you can just run it from its executable. Its main interface should pop up and you should open your source audio file: File- > Open. Then its waveform preview will appear on screen.

    Press the play button and listen to your track. Since you want to create a ringtone I assume that you are already pretty familiar with the tune that you want to split. This means you can pay special attention to where your favorite section (refrain or whatever) begins and ends. Now, highlight that part. You can do this by holding down your right mouse button and dragging towards right (as you would to select some area).

    In general, it is advised to keep the length of ringtones below 30-40 seconds. That is usually more than enough; chances are that you answer the phone in the first 10-15 seconds anyway. And if you cannot, then the phone will replay your ringtone as long as the caller insists. Thus, it is pointless to create a ringtone that lasts for minutes. In my above example, the highlighted area is 17 seconds long.

    After this point you should listen again to this part to see whether it meets your needs or not. You can fine tune this selection by expanding or reducing the highlighted amount. Once you are satisfied, you can copy it either by pressing the [CTRL] + [C] key-word combination or via the Edit -> Copy menu.

    Now itís time to open a new audio compilation. You can do this from the File menu by clicking on New, or either pressing [CTRL] + [N]. If you did not close the source compilation from which you have highlighted and copied your favorite part, then this new compilation will be as long as is necessary (the highlighted part is in the clipboard since you copied it). Itís going to be of the same specs, as well (i.e.; 44 kHz on 16 bit res.).

    If the source compilation was stereo then you should also create a stereo ringtone. Navigate to the Process menu and select the Convert to Stereo option. After this task, your empty new compilation is stereo, too. Now you can paste the part you have highlighted and copied (which is still stored in the clipboard). Voila. It appears in the new file. Should you want to double its length, then you can add it twice or just use the duplicate.

    On the next page weíll discuss the final tips regarding your cool new ringtone!

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