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Xingtone's Ringtone maker is a very easy to use piece of software that enables you to convert most pieces of music into a ringtone for your cellphone.

After buying the $19.95 software, you can make an unlimited number of ringtones for your phone at no extra cost.

Ringtones are seen as a way of showing your own personality when your phone rings - so a personally created ringtone gives you the ultimate opportunity to do this.

 
 
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Xingtone Ringtone Maker

Easily make your own free ringtones
 

Why pay $2 each for ringtones from your wireless company when you can make your own for free?

Can't find the ringtones you want on your wireless company's ringtone list?

Here's a simple and inexpensive way to create as many of your own ringtones as you wish.

 

 

These days few people are content for their cell phone to make a traditional 'ring ring' type sound when calls come in.

Not only does personal vanity have a part to play in people wishing to add customized ring tones to their phone, but so too does practicality.

Imagine how confusing it would be if everyone's phone made the same ringing noise - you'd never know when your phone was ringing, compared to when it was someone else's phone.  Here's an easy way to add your own choice of ringtone to your phone.


Xingtone Ringtone Maker

Xingtone's Ringtone Maker is a simple little program that runs on both PCs and Macs, and creates ringtones for over 120 different types of phone (ie most recent models from most manufacturers), and works with all major US and Canadian wireless services, including Cingular, T-mobile, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, Rogers, Cellular One and Fido.

It also works with over 130 models of European phones and with the main wireless services in the UK and Germany.

Download the program, which is available both in a free trial version and a $19.95 regular version, choose your favorite piece of music that you have on your computer, select which short part of the music you want to make your ringtone, then send it to your phone.

It is almost literally as easy and simple as that.

If you're not convinced, try it and see.  Download the free trial which allows you to make up to ten ringtones from a single piece of music, and sent to a single phone.

How it Works

The Xingtone program will work with MP3, WMA or WAV files, or music directly from a CD.  It can be used with iTunes, although you need to first export the iTunes track and import it as an MP3 file.  Various other uncommon types of digital music files are also supported.

Needless to say, music with 'Digital Rights Management' (DRM) - a fancy way of saying 'copy protection' built in to it can not be used.  This would include tunes purchased through Napster and Rhapsody.

The first part of making a ringtone is simply choosing the piece of music, through the usual sort of 'File - Open' interface.  This is very simple.

The program then imports the sound file and displays its soundtrack on the bottom of the program, as you can see here, with the two graph lines at the bottom being the stereo sound file shown graphically - the more blue, the louder the sound :

You next choose the part of the sound file you want to use as your ringtone - you can click your cursor anywhere on the music track to play that part, and you can highlight parts of the soundtrack either to then zoom in for finer selection, or to set the start and end points for the ringtone you're creating.

Once you've chosen the snippet of music you want to use as a ringtone, click the big Send button in the bottom right, and within a few seconds, you'll get a message on your cell phone, allowing you to transfer the ringtone to your phone.

Follow the instructions on how to load the ringtone into your phone by clicking the 'About Your Phone' link in the Xingtone program, and before you know it, your phone now has your new ringtone working.

Simple?  Yes, it most assuredly is.

Using the Software

Using the software was almost as simple as promised.

It is probably a good thing that the software is intuitive in use, because it is sorely lacking in documentation, both within the program and on Xingtone's website.

In particular, something as simple as tooltips to appear when you hover the cursor over the buttons on the lower left of the screen would be tremendously helpful to explain what the buttons are for.

The ability to hear the ringtone looping would also be helpful.

However, these comments are minor quibbles, and in the context of a program that was designed to be simple and easy for ordinary people to use, perhaps even unfair.

If you do feel the need for the fanciest of features, and want to use professional grade music editing software to create your own ringtones, you can do this with your choice of such programs, and then take the final created .wav (or other format) file and process it through Xingtone into the ringtone format and to have it conveniently transmitted to your phone.

Free support is available both through a Chat interface on Xingtone's website and also via email.  I found the Chat interface a very slow and not very satisfactory way of seeking help, but the emails I sent on two occasions were quickly answered, although not with consistently sensible answers.

How to Make the Best Ringtone Possible

The above information is all you need to know to make an acceptably good ringtone.

But if you want to make the ringtones as good as possible, there are several things you can do to improve the quality of your ringtones.  These extra features in the software can be accessed if you change the setting for the program from Easy to Advanced, causing ten new buttons to appear at the bottom of the program.

First, start off with as good a quality sound file as possible.  Usually your highest quality source of music is direct from a CD, so if you have a choice of sources of the music you want to use, take it from the CD rather than from any digital file you've already created.

Second, when you're choosing the excerpt from the music to be your sound file, keep it short.  Although in theory you can make quite long ringtones, not all phones support the theoretical maximum ringtone length.  If you get an error message when trying to download your ringtone, it is probably due to the tone being too long.

A typical ring cycle on a regular phone is about 5.5 seconds, so you don't need to go much longer than 5 - 10 seconds in length to get a good short tune.

Shorter ringtones have smaller file sizes, and while the ringtones are typically not large files (25kB - 100kB in size) if your phone has only a limited amount of storage, you may soon find yourself running out of space.  Another reason to make your ringtones shorter rather than longer.

Third, when you're making a ringtone, choose an excerpt with fairly high volume, and choose an excerpt that starts off loud, rather than quiet.  If you choose an excerpt that starts quietly, you probably won't hear it if you're in a noisy environment until the tone is much of the way through and gets to a louder bit.

If the music is very quiet, you can select the part that is too quiet and then click on the up arrow to increase the volume.

If the music varies too much from loud to quiet, you can click on the bar chart button to normalize the volume and make the ringtone more equal in volume.

Fourth, when choosing where to start and end your ringtone, think what it will sound like when it repeats.  The ringtone will finish playing then immediately start playing at the beginning again.  So don't end or start halfway through a note.

A good way to improve the quality of the loop restart is to have a very short fade-out at the end of the tone and perhaps also a very short fade-in at the beginning.

Fifth, and again remembering you want a ringtone that will be clearly heard, even in a noisy environment, choose a piece of music that has varying loudness and pitch/sounds, using the same principle of having the music draw attention to itself as does the siren in an emergency vehicle.

Sixth, you're not limited only to music.  If you want to become very creative, you can create ringtones from your own recordings - whether it be your own voice saying 'Wake Up. Sleepyhead' to be used as a ringtone for your phone's alarm, or perhaps your partner's voice saying 'Hi, honey, I want to speak to you' as a customized ringtone for when their phone number calls you, or any other humorous or sensible application you might think of.

Making multiple tones

Many phones allow for different ring tones to be used depending on what type of event is occurring - a different tone for a text message than for a phone call, for example.  Some phones allow you to customize just about every sound the phone makes, including alarms, and may also allow you to assign individual ring tones to individual callers.

Obviously, in such cases, you have a great deal of opportunity to create a wide range of different ring tones for all the different situations when your phone can make a sound.

Trial and Success

The best thing to do is to simply go ahead and play with the program, and make some test ringtone samples and vary the settings until you get it working satisfactorily for you.

One feature of the software I really liked was the 'instant gratification'.  To choose a piece of music, edit the ringtone, send it to the phone, and have everything completed and the new ringtone working can be done in no more than a minute, and usually in less than two or three minutes (depending on how finicky you want to get with editing your ringtone before sending it).

This definitely does encourage experimentation.

Pricing

The Xingtone Ringtone Maker costs $19.95, and this gives you the ability to create and send unlimited ringtones to your phone number (but not to any other phone numbers).

Xingtone don't charge you any extra for each ringtone you create.  But it is possible your wireless company may charge you for the text messages and ringtone data transfer to your phone - while these costs (if applicable) are not likely to be substantial, they may represent as a small incremental cost per ringtone received.

A Bonus for People with GSM Phones

When you buy the software, it is restricted to sending tones to one only phone number.  If you want to send tones to a second or more phone numbers, you need to buy extra licenses to do that.

However, if you have two GSM phones, you could simply put your SIM into the second phone, reconfigure the software for the new phone type, and send the tone to the other phone (which would of course now have your Xingtone registered phone number).

Then, after downloading the ringtone to that phone, you could then return the SIM to your other phone.

Summary

Adding a ringtone to one's phone has become very popular, and some people choose to regularly change their ringtones too.

While there are plenty of companies that will sell you ringtones, why buy the ringtones, one by one, and why limit yourself to their selections, when for a nickel less than $20, you can get a simple program allowing you to make as many ringtones as you wish, from any type of music or sound effect source - you can even record your own voice and use it to the ringtone.

Xingtone's Ringtone Maker is a simple program and fun to use.  Recommended.

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Originally published 17 Feb 2006, last update 02 Jul 2017

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