How to create custom ringtones in GarageBand 4.1.1

With GarageBand 4.1.1 you can export your original song or original audio recordings, use Apple Loops, or use iLife jingles to create a custom ringtone for your iPhone.

Here's what you need to do it:

  • GarageBand 4.1.1 or later
  • iTunes 7.5 or later
  • iPhone with software version 1.1.2 or later

To create a custom ringtone

  1. Click the Cycle button in the transport controls.

  2. In the LCD panel, click the icon on the left (a musical note in the image below).

  3. Choose Time from the pop-up menu. This will change the numerical display in the beat ruler from bars and beats to minutes and seconds.

  4. Adjust the cycle region in the timeline to cover the portion of the song you wish to use as a ringtone. You can adjust the length of the cycle region by grabbing and dragging either end. You can adjust the position of the cycle region by grabbing and dragging it from the middle. 

    The cycle region must be 40 seconds or less in length for ringtones and 30 seconds or less for other alert tones such as Text Tones, New Mail, Calendar Alerts, etc.

  5. Save the project with the name you want to use for your ringtone.

  6. Choose Send Ringtone to iTunes from the Share menu. 

  7. In iTunes, use the Ringtones pane to select the ringtones you want to sync to iPhone.

If Send Ringtone to iTunes is dimmed, be sure you are using iTunes 7.5 or later. Choose Software Update from the Apple () menu. If you receive a message on your iPhone indicating your ringtone was not copied, be sure you are using iPhone software version 1.1.2 or later.

Additional Information

For information on how to create ringtones for third-party phones, see How to create customer ringtones for your third-party mobile phone. You can also learn more about purchased ringtones.

Last Modified: Jan 25, 2012
  • Last Modified: Jan 25, 2012
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