Making a ringtone for a cell phone

  1. Go to File Load files... and load a sound file with Insertion strategy: Replace current project.
  2. Go to Settings Format change Channels to 1 and Samplerate to 16000 or 22050.
  3. Highlight a region of the timeline to use for the ringtone. To improve sound quality on the cell phone, you need the maximum amplitude in as many parts of the sound as possible.
  4. Right click on track Audio 1 and select Attach effect. Highlight the Compressor effect and hit Attach in the attachment popup.
  5. Make sure the insertion point or highlighted area is in the region with the Compressor effect.
  6. Right click on track Audio 2 and select Attach effect.
  7. Highlight Audio 1 Compressor and hit Attach.
  8. Click the Audio 1 Compressor's magnifying glass to bring up the compressor GUI.
  9. Set the following parameters:
    	Reaction secs: -0.1
    	Decay secs: 0.1
    	Trigger Type: Total
    	Trigger: 0
    	Smooth only: No
  10. Click Clear to clear the graph. Click anywhere in the grid area and drag a new point to 0 Output and -50 Input. The graph should look similar to the figure 19.3.
  11. Go to File Render. Specify the name of an mp3 file to output to. Set the file format to MPEG Audio. Click the wrench for Audio and set Layer to III and Kbits per second to 24 or 32. Check Render audio tracks and uncheck Render video tracks. Hit OK to render the file.

Figure 19.3: Using the Compressor plugin graph to create a ringtone
Image ringtone

The resulting .mp3 file can be uploaded to a web server and then the phone's web browser can download the .mp3 file directly from the URL. There may be a size limit on the file.

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