I Make Me Own Ringtones

For my birthday, Courtney bought me a new phone. I always wanted one because I need a cool ringtone to differentiate me from others, but the prices they were charging was ridiculous, so I said, “Screw them.” Anyhoots, she bought me one, so I immediately went about looking for some cool polyphonic ringtones and encountered two problems. First, Sprint charges $2.50 US for a frigging song. Second, they don’t use the part of the song I want as the ringtone. Hell no, says I. I’d rather spend 4 hours of internet searchage and testing, save the $2.50/song, and get the exact bit I want. Here is how I do it.

1. Find the track you want (obvious).

2. Find the specific part of the track you want to use as your ringtone down to the second (easy).

3. Use MP3 Splitter to cut out that chunk of the song. Test a few times using .10 second intervals either way to make sure you get the exact part you want with no noise on either end.

4. Convert your new miniature MP3 to a 16-Bit, 8 KhZ, Mono WAV file using dbPowerAmp Music Converter – the best $14 you will ever spend. Not that I ever illegally download music via torrent sites and then need to convert it from some bizarre format to play on my iPod or anything.

5. Grab a copy of Qualcomm Purevoice, install it, then literally drag your wee WAV onto it. Go to File>Convert and save it, and it will become a QCP (Qualcomm Purevoice file). You now have the very type of file that Sprint (and many others) use for their polyphonic ringtones.

6. Go to the Mobile Phone Uploader and enter your phone’s e-mail address (if you want, see below) and browse for your QCP file. Click ‘Upload’ and you will receive a ‘jump code’. Respond to the e-mail with the jump code and you’re rocking. It will automatically download your own hand-made polyphonic ringtone to the right folder on your phone. If you want to, you can just leave the e-mail address blank and go directly to the download link on your phone’s browser and enter the jump code there.

Once you know how to do it, it takes maybe 3 minutes per custom ringtone. Suck on that, SprintPCS!

If anyone knows better aps to do the stated tasks, let me know in the comments section, but I’m pretty happy with the stuff I’ve been using.

~ by kinshay on 2006-01-12.

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  1. Comment from Tom made earlier, accidently deleted when moderating other comments:

    BitPim (www.bitpim.org)is a nice little app. Its great if you own a data cable for your phone to connect it to a PC. It won’t do any of the audio converting, but its nice to be able to drag and drop file (ringtones, wallpapers, adressbooks etc) to your phone. It will also get you into your phone OS if you want to mess with it. I may or maynot have used it to get free intanets access, and remove annoying Verizon banners. My phone takes mp3’s for rings, so its real simple to add. Then again, I got weird looks having Danzig ad a ring tone…weirder looks having the Contra (NES) theme…back to vibrate for me.

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