Make a ring­tone in GarageBand

Eas­ily turn your favourite tune into a ring­tone us­ing GarageBand

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How to turn your favourite tune into an iPhone ring­tone with GarageBand

GarageBand isn’t just for peo­ple who want to record mu­sic: it’s a handy app for making ring­tones too. Making a new tone is really sim­ple. All you need to do is choose the au­dio you want to use, cut it down to size and ex­port it to iTunes. (Tech­ni­cally it should be a track you own the copyright for, but no­body’s ever been ar­rested for making their favourite song into a ring­tone.) As you’ll see, the process is really quick and straight­for­ward. You can also com­pose your own ring­tones us­ing Ap­ple Loops, GarageBand’s Smart In­stru­ments, or any real mu­si­cal in­stru­ments you have handy.

The trick to making loops is to take ad­van­tage of GarageBand’s se­lec­tion loop­ing. If you click the icon that looks a bit like a re­cy­cling sym­bol, when­ever you press the Play but­ton GarageBand will re­peat the sec­tion in­di­cated by the or­ange marker above the au­dio tracks – so if you want an eight-bar loop, sim­ply ad­just the se­lec­tion to eight bars. That makes it easy to hear how your ring­tone will sound, and to iden­tify whether you need to do any more tweak­ing to it.

In this tu­to­rial we’ve used a track that’s easy to loop, but not all mu­sic is so sim­ple: you might find that to get your au­dio to loop per­fectly, you need to edit it in a bit more de­tail. You might need the au­dio to start a frac­tion of a sec­ond ear­lier or later, for ex­am­ple, so it’ll loop nice and smoothly. That isn’t a prob­lem: zoom in, then drag the au­dio for­wards or back­wards by tiny amounts. Gary Mar­shall

GarageBand isn’t just for making mu­sic. You can use it to make ring­tones or to record pod­casts too.

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