In this DMA How-To, you’ll learn how to use Logic Pro to create ringtones for your iPhone. There are numerous steps in the process, but we’ve divided the steps into smaller sections that make up the project.
For this project you will need Logic Pro X, available from Apple. Ready? Let’s make a ringtone.
Part 1: Start your Project
Step 1: Locate a melody or song snippet you want to use as a ringtone.
Step 2: Create a folder on your Desktop and place the piece of music in the folder.
Step 3: Open Logic Pro X.
Step 4: Select “File.” Click “New” and open a new project.
Step 5: A track selection box will appear. Click “Create.”
Part 2: Preparing the Track
Step 6: Now you’re ready to import the melody from the folder you created in Step 2. Click on the track icon for that melody and drag it into Logic Pro’s editing space.
Step 7: The melody or sound’s soundwave will appear on screen. This is your audio track. Close all other previous windows that may be open.
Step 8: Now select and drag that audio track to the top-left corner of the editing area, pulling the track until it’s aligned along the far left edge.
Step 9: Take a second to make sure the melody is what you’re looking for. To do this, press the “Play” button.
Step 10: Listen to the track and decide how long you want your ringtone to be. Remember, a longer track will take up more memory on your phone.
Step 11: Using the sliding gray bar that keeps pace with the track as it plays, edit the track down to the length you like.
Step 12: Double-click on the top line (which contains the number sequence). It will change from gray to yellow.
Step 13: Select the top line and pull the icon across the top bar until you reach the desired end-point of your track/melody.
Part 3: Set the Format
Step 14: Go to “File.” Use the drop-down menu to select and click on “Bounce” and then select and click on “Project or Section.”
Step 15: A gray box will appear. In its “Destination” section, de-select “mp3” and instead select “m4a: aac.” (M4a is the format for ringtone files.) Now click on “Bounce.”
Step 16: In the new box that’s prompted, type a name for your audio track and save the file to your Desktop. Then press “Bounce.”
Step 17: At this point, you might want to press “Play” to make sure your track still plays correctly and to the length you want.
Step 18: The track you created now has a title that’s followed by this extension: “.m4a.” Change that title by single-clicking on the title. When it’s “live,” use your keyboard to change the “.m4a” to “.m4r.” When you’ve made the change, press “Enter.”
Step 19: A new box will open, asking if you’re sure you want change the extension. Select “Use .m4r.”.
Step 20: Now close Logic Pro X. (A new box will be opened prompting you want to save changes, but you can close that without saving.)
Part 4: Import the Ringtone
Step 21: Open iTunes.
Step 22: Select the “Music” button in the top-left corner of the iTunes window.
Step 23: Use the drop-down menu to select “Tones.”
Step 24: Drag the icon of your edited, named track from the Desktop into iTunes. (When you see a green circle containing a plus sign (+), you know iTunes is ready to accept the new file. Simply release it and let iTunes absorb the file into its list of tones.)
Step 25: Confirm your new ringtone is listed in the list of tones.
Part 5: Final Clicks
Step 26: Make sure your iPhone is plugged into your computer and connected to iTunes.
Step 27: Click on the “iPhone” button in the top-right corner of the iTunes window.
Step 28: Locate “Tones” along the top horizontal menu and click on it.
Step 29: Find the ringtone you created in the list of tones.
Step 30: Add a check to the box that’s located directly to the left of the tone’s title.
Step 31: Click on “Apply” in the bottom-right corner of the iTunes window.
Step 32: Now you should see at the top of the iTunes window that the iTunes program is synching.
Step 33: When it’s done synching, press the blue “Done” button.
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