Get that life-defining riff or catchy chorus as a ringtone on your iPhone in seven simple steps…
- Open Garage Band on the desktop of a Mac computer and click ‘create new project’. A settings banner will crop up. Just rename the file and click ‘create’. Once through to the mixing desk interface, you can close the keyboard tool as you won’t be using this.
- Now go to ‘control’, ‘show media browser’. Or on updated versions of Garage Band you can just click the button on the furthest bottom right of the screen which looks like two folders with a musical note above them. This will bring up your personal iTunes library.
- Drag and drop the song you want to convert to a ringtone into the Garage Band interface. It will appear in its entirety as a long orange rectangle with a musical graph defining the track’s beat. Let’s say, for instance, it’s Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
- For a ringtone of 30 seconds you won’t want the long build-up of “Mama, just killed a man,” or indeed “I see a little silhou-etto of a man Scaramouch, Scaramouch, will you do the Fandango?” As much as we loved Freddie Mercury, Brian May’s headbanging chorus is where it’s at.
- To capture that moment of rock bliss, press ‘repeat’ at the bottom centre of the page. It looks like a recycle sign. This will bring up a yellow bar above your orange song box. Shorten the yellow bar to 30 seconds and position it where you want the ringtone to start and finish.
- Press ‘track’ at the top of the screen and ‘fade out’. This will bring up a third bar on the screen. Twiddle the blue line in this bar to adjust intro/outro volumes in line with your yellow bar to suit.
- Click ‘share’ at the top of the screen then ‘send ringtone to iTunes’. The next time you synchronise your iPhone to your Mac you’ll find the ringtone in settings/sounds/ringtones on your iPhone. Just tick it.
[Source: Gulf News]