Making your own ringtones from Garageband on the Ipad – fun

The cleverness that is GarageBand for Ipad will take some time to completely get to know. However if you fast forward and assume that you have made a tune on this clever bit of software and someone says – How do you get that as a ring tone on your Iphone.


There are actually two stages – 1) get the tune off your Ipad and Garageband and 2) get it on to your iphone

Step 1)

To share GarageBand songs with iTunes for Windows, send the songs from GarageBand in AAC format.

To share your songs in AAC format, tap the “Send to iTunes” button in the My Songs browser. Then, tap AAC and connect your iPad to your Windows computer. Select your iPad in iTunes, then click the Apps tab to see your song. Double click and add it to itunes. Play it in Itunes to make sure it transferred correctly


Step 2)

To create custom iPhone ringtones using iTunes: Right click on the song you are going to make into a ringer and select “Get Info.” In this case the one you transferred from Garageband.

Go to the options tab and go down to the “Start Time” and “Stop Time” check boxes. (this is only if you want a section of the song and not it in its entirety)

Check both boxes and input the time you want your ringer to start/stop.

The ringer has to be 30 seconds or less.

Click OK when you’re done. Right click on your newly “clipped” song and select “Convert Selection to AAC.”

The song will be re-encoded using the start and stop times determined (If your menu item does not read “Convert Selection to AAC” and reads “Convert Selection to MP3? (or some other format) please go to iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > Importing and change the “Import Using” drop down menu to “AAC Encoder”).

After the song is done encoding navigate to your iTunes Music folder, locate your song, and drag it to your desktop.

After the song is on your desktop go back to iTunes and delete the clipped version from you iTunes library (It won’t delete it from your desktop, it will only remove it from iTunes).

Go back the song on your desktop and right click on your song and chose “Get info.” Go to the name and extension section and change the extension from .m4a to .m4r (or you can just change the extension right from your desktop) After the extension is changed simply double click on the file to add it to your iTunes library under the ringtones section. Sync your phone with iTunes and you’re done! Noted: Remember to go back into iTunes and un-check your custom start and stop times for the original version of your song – thats if you had to clip it to keep within the 30 seconds.