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iLife Tutorial: Create your own iPhone ringtones with GarageBand

One of the cool integrated features in GarageBand is the ability to create and then use your very own ringtones. It's easy to do and saves you spending money on the iTunes store.

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One of the great things about Apple is that they are very good at integrating features across platforms and devices. A perfect example of this is the way that you can create a ringtone in GarageBand, send it to iTunes and sync it with your iPhone in less time than it would take to most Windows users to boot up and dismiss all of their virus warnings.

Of course, you need to know what you are doing, but that’s why we’re here. All you will need to complete this tutorial are your Mac and your iPhone, and in just a few minutes you can have a whole batch of catchy new tracks to alert you to incoming calls. And they will be uniquely yours.

Step 1: Load it, love it
Load up GarageBand and in the file-choosing window click on iPhone Ringtone in the left-hand pane. You then get presented with three possible options.

Step 2: Make your choice
There are two main choices – Loops or Voice. As we’re not great at singing, we’re going to opt for the Loops. Click on this so it turns blue, and then hit Choose.

Step 3: Properties
In the next window you need to pick a place to save your project. You can also make changes to the properties for the track you are about to make.

Step 4: Track
The ringtone track is set up especially to loop at the correct length of a ringtone and fade out too, to give you the gap between rings.

Step 5: Find it
Use the helpful guide in the Loops browser to narrow down your search for the perfect ringtone loops. Here we’ve started with All Drums.

Step 6: Build it
Drag and drop loops into the arrangement, having already previewed them in the bottom window of the Loops browser. They will play at your selected tempo.

Step 7: Quick copy
A quick way to copy loops across the arrange page is to hold the Alt key and drag a new copy out of the old one. Repeat steps 5, 6 and 7 until your song is done.

Step 8: Share when ready
After you’ve built your song, click the Share option in the menu bar and then select Send Ringtone to iTunes. GarageBand will convert and add the file.

Step 9: In iTunes
Open up iTunes and click on the Ringtones tab in the left-hand pane. You will now see your newly created ringtone, which you can sync to your iPhone.

Click on the image below to view the annotations in detail.

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