13 Replies Latest reply: Mar 1, 2011 10:00 AM by cls24
mrsamuelsonn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi I want to record my three year old son's voice as my ringtone.... Can't seem to figure it out. Please help. He says " with great power, comes great responsibility!"

iphone, iOS 4
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (92,375 points)
    You would have to record it, then add it to your itunes library, then make a ringtone out of it ( Google will find several ways to do this).

    If you are on a Mac, then you can do this from Garageband.
  • cls24 Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    mrsamuelsonn wrote:
    Hi I want to record my three year old son's voice as my ringtone.... Can't seem to figure it out. Please help. He says " with great power, comes great responsibility!"


    Yes, the post above is 100% right, but remember to keep whatever he says or whatever you record right around 30-seconds. As "gnome" said search google and use whatever works for you. I use Aiseesoft iPhone Ringtone Maker on my PC, cost around $15, but easy to make ringtones out of an MP3 file. All Ringtones on the iPhone are MR4 files.
  • Crazyratmonkey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I converted the file to a m4r extension but iTunes said it was not compatible with my VERIZON iPhone. File is updated to ringtone but still no luck. Any solutions besides buying more software to do something that should be easy?
  • cls24 Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    Crazyratmonkey wrote:
    I converted the file to a m4r extension but iTunes said it was not compatible with my VERIZON iPhone. File is updated to ringtone but still no luck. Any solutions besides buying more software to do something that should be easy?


    Couple things... the phone is an Apple iPhone, not a Verizon phone, Verizon is your carrier and will make no difference in the basic operation and function of the phone. AT&T & Verizon on carries the signal, the phone is the phone.

    You said you converted the file from I assume an MP3 to a MR4, how did you do that, what software did you use to create the MR4 file? I am assuming you did not just go into your computer and change the extension?
  • KaeBFly Level 4 Level 4 (1,700 points)
    If the poster has their computer showing extentions then they can change the file to an m4r. A warning message will pop up asking if you're sure you want to do it. Doing this worked for me...but the original file extension was .m4a. Was this the case Crazyatmoney?
  • cls24 Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    KaeBFly wrote:
    If the poster has their computer showing extentions then they can change the file to an m4r. A warning message will pop up asking if you're sure you want to do it. Doing this worked for me...but the original file extension was .m4a. Was this the case Crazyatmoney?



    M4As can be changed MP3s cannot be changed and work.
  • Klahane Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've made a number of custom ring tones for my new Verizon iPhone. Here's my procedure:

    1. Open any sound file in Sound Studio (or similar). (I mostly used favorite rock songs with musical intros.)
    2. Clip the song to about 15 seconds or less. Insert 5 seconds of silence at the beginning so the phone will vibrate then ring. (Maybe 5 is to little.) Apply fade-out filter to end of clip as desired.
    4. Save as AAC (m4a).
    5. In the Finder, change the suffix from m4a to m4r. (Ringtones are just AAC files with an m4r suffix.)
    6. Drop into iTunes. iTunes will sort into the Ringtones section and sync to your iPhone.

    This works perfectly for me, and they sound great on the iPhone.
  • KaeBFly Level 4 Level 4 (1,700 points)
    I should have clarified that the file needs to be an m4a to begin with...although if it is an mp3 file and it is not protected it can easily be converted within iTunes or another program to an m4a....and then successfully changed to an m4r.
  • KaeBFly Level 4 Level 4 (1,700 points)
    Klahane wrote:
    I've made a number of custom ring tones for my new Verizon iPhone. Here's my procedure:

    1. Open any sound file in Sound Studio (or similar). (I mostly used favorite rock songs with musical intros.)
    2. Clip the song to about 15 seconds or less. Insert 5 seconds of silence at the beginning so the phone will vibrate then ring. (Maybe 5 is to little.) Apply fade-out filter to end of clip as desired.
    4. Save as AAC (m4a).
    5. In the Finder, change the suffix from m4a to m4r. (Ringtones are just AAC files with an m4r suffix.)
    6. Drop into iTunes. iTunes will sort into the Ringtones section and sync to your iPhone.

    This works perfectly for me, and they sound great on the iPhone.


    This is pretty much the same method that I use...but the song can be up to around 30 secs or less. I say "around" beecause I have had successful ringtones work on my iPhone that are 32-34 secs, but anything too much more over 30 secs may not sync (message will pop up saying that the file couldn't sync because of it's length).
  • Jolieteddie Level 2 Level 2 (380 points)
    I downloaded a free app, Ringtone Maker, from the App store that simplifies this process and works flawlessly. It's built-in clip editor is a snap to use and the ringtone generated is the right format without having to rename files, etc. It's so easy to use. You still have to copy the ringtone file to your computer and then copy it back into the ringtones folder in iTunes, but this little app makes the sequence easy to follow and you just can't mess up.

    Got new iPhone 4 on Verizon network yesterday and this app/process works flawlessy with it.
  • Cammie33 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Is there a limit to how many custom ringtones you can have? I made 6 last night (using the method cls24 gave links to) and synced my iPhone but only 5 transferred. They vary in length from 18 seconds to 34 seconds.
  • cls24 Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    No, the only limit is space on your phone, I have over 80 ringtones. 34 Seconds should be fine, I try to keep mine at 30 seconds or less, but have transferred up to about 35 seconds, anything more than that usually gives you an error that it is too large to transfer.

    Do all the ringtones show up in the Ringtones folder in the Apple Library? I also find sometimes just playing them for a second in iTunes helps iTunes recognize them as a ringtone. You don't have to play the whole song, just launch it for a second and move to the next.

    Give it a try.