Howto | turn a tune into a tone

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1

Choose the tune

Make sure the song you want to use is al­ready in your iTunes li­brary. If it isn’t, open iTunes, choose File > Add To Li­brary and add the track. Next, open GarageBand’s Me­dia Browser us­ing the icon of a cam­era and a mu­si­cal note at the top-right cor­ner. Se­lect iTunes, then Mu­sic, lo­cate the track you want and then drag it to the very be­gin­ning of the Au­dio 1 track.

2

Trim the track

A three-minute song is too long to use as a ring­tone, so trim it to an ap­pro­pri­ate length. Zoom out to see the whole track and then move the pointer to the bot­tom-right of the track. The pointer will change to the trim tool. Drag left­wards. You should see the au­dio shorten. In this ex­am­ple we’re go­ing to trim it to just eight bars of mu­sic, so that we only have the main riff loop­ing.

3

Check your loop

The or­ange bar right above your track is the se­lec­tion marker. If you click the loop icon and then play, GarageBand will loop just that sec­tion. You can ad­just the se­lec­tion by drag­ging its edges. This is a good way to check that your loop will work as a ring­tone. When you’re sat­is­fied with it, choose Share > Ring­tone to iTunes to ex­port the loop in the cor­rect for­mat, ready to sync to your iPhone.

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