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How to make free MP3, MP4 WAV ringtones from your music collections

Most modern cell phones support custom ringtones, googling/yahooing up “ringtones” keyword and you’ll get tons of sites that will charge you a few bucks per tone. Ever thought you can make your own ringtones using your favorite songs/audio files? Even choosing your favorite parts of your favorite songs/audio files instead of getting the fixed ringtones which you may not like that much?

Here I’d like to walk you through the process of creating your own MP3, MP4 and WAV ringtones from your own music collections without paying a penny using WavePad, which you can use for free.

  1. Download Wavepad, install only Wavepad unless you need other features such as Express Burn, Express Rip Recrodpad and Switch. Then start it up
  2. Locate your music in your system, then drag and drop it onto Wavepad which you just opened. Or you can browse to your file through File/Open File. Then your music will be played, either let it finish or stop it by pressing the stop button at the bottom of the window. I would let it play since we will choose which part of the music to be used for my ringtone.
  3. Left click somewhere on the music timeline at the bottom (the upper section shows you the entire timeline of the file you are working on. The larger lower section shows you just one song section at a time to make editing easier ) to listen to the music starting from where you just click. Once you decide where to start your editing, you can just stop playing the music.
  4. Press and hold your left mouse at the point you pick above and drag your mouse to the right of your music and stop anywhere you want to, Wavepad tells you your selection length using “Sel Length” text field which is located at the lower right corner. Above picture says the during of my selection is 0 since I have’nt done any yet. Note your phone may only support 20 seconds so selecting longer section of music will waste your cell phone memory
  5. After making selection, choose “Trim” from Edit menu or Ctrl-T to remove those aren’t selected
  6. Now let’s add some effects (Fade in/out) to the beginning and end of your selection, drag your mouse at the very beginning of your selection for a few seconds duration and select Effects/Fade In. Then Select a few seconds at the end of your selection and choose Effects/Fade out.
    Note you can also add one or two seconds of silence by choosing Edit/Insert Silence/Begin or End to your selection
  7. Now is time to save your work, choose File menu and “Save file as”, Here are ringtone types you can save:
    MP3 – MPEG Layer-3 (*.mp3)
    MP4 – MPEG-4 Audio (*.m4a)
    WAV – Wave (*.wav)
  8. If you choose mp3 as the format for your save, after clicking OK, you will have to configure mp3 settings, you can use the following settings:
  9. If you choose mp4 as the format for your save, after clicking OK, you will have to configure mp4 settings, you can use the following settings:
  10. If you choose WAV as the format for your save, after clicking OK, you will have to configure WAV settings, you can use the following settings:

As a side note, you can also copy and paste to repeat your music selection using Wavepad.

Finally listen to your ringtones before you send them to your phone


June 15, 2008 - Posted by | How Tos, Ringtones | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. […] How to make free MP3, MP4 WAV ringtones from your music collections […]

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  2. hi,
    my name is kristy and i just want to say thank you for this clear, thorough explanation. i just got a new phone and i have been trying to figure out how to change my mp3’s to mp4’s for 2 days now. i just stumbled upon your webpage and i foloowed your simple and helpful directions and I DID IT! you seriously rock for posting this, and really want to thank you again.

    Comment by kristy | July 26, 2008 | Reply

  3. Thanks so much for posting this info… I have the most kick ass ringtones now. Blackberry doesn’t give you too many options so making my own makes me very happy!


    Comment by Lydia | August 8, 2008 | Reply

  4. I just wanted to say thanks…I followed your instructions and now I just love hearing my phone ring.

    Comment by Jill | August 10, 2008 | Reply

  5. hi yes i tried this and i cant get it to my phone i dont know how to do it

    Comment by sabrina | November 12, 2008 | Reply

  6. I like your article about ringtones, but you do not explain how to send them to your phone. I tried email and the file get striped off and not received. Please tell me how to do it. Thanks

    Comment by Doug | February 28, 2009 | Reply

  7. How do I get the music to the ringtones part of the phone? The music has been transferred to my cell phone. The music is located in “my Music” section of the cell phone.

    Comment by Joe | March 12, 2009 | Reply

  8. i did it but i cant send it to my phone?????

    Comment by thgeo | March 22, 2009 | Reply

  9. Anyone know why you have to go to a sprint website to download you homemade ringtones? And is it free? I haven’t recieved a bill yet.. Ouch if it is not???

    Comment by Rich | August 2, 2009 | Reply

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