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This course is a comprehensive guide to the popular digital audio software from Apple, demonstrating the tools and techniques to create, edit, and publish music and podcasts. Author Todd Howard covers the ins and outs of the application, from interfacing with external devices, exploring Apple Loops, and recording instrument and vocal tracks to creating successful mixes, performing edits, and sharing finished projects. Additionally, the course introduces the new features in GarageBand '11, including Flex Time and Groove Matching, which provide powerful methods for editing and tightening up the rhythmic timing of tracks.
If you ever wanted to create a ring tone for your iPhone or for any cellphone, now's your chance. GarageBand makes it very easy by having a special project type called iPhone Ringtone and there's an example that's included and you can also make one based on loops and one based on a real instrument or voice. Or you can take any project and turn it into a ringtone just by making sure you stay under the limit, the iPhone's limit, of 40 seconds in length. Most cellphones have a 29 second limit.
So if you're trying to make a ring tone that might be available to all phones, you're going to be looking at going under the 29 second limit. But if you know if it's just for your iPhone and it's just for yourself, the iPhone actually allows you to go to 40. So if we just create a loops-based one, Loop ringtone, we'll that basically gives us a-- I'm going to put my playhead right at the end and go to our time screen-- a 25 second cycle region. The way that you specify your ring tone length in GarageBand is by positioning the cycle region, turning it on, and making sure that it is less than 40 seconds.
So if you need to figure out where 40 seconds is, you can drag your end file out to 40 and extend your cycle region that far, and then fill in this area with recorded music. We're actually going to go ahead and make one from the song that we developed in this course, and I'm going to open that right now. Let's see. Get our finalmix file and all I'm going to do this time is create a cycle region that starts at the beginning of the song, and we're going to solo out the Dreamy Texture guitar.
So we can just use it for our ringtone sound and let's see where I actually want it to start. (Music playing) It sounds like a good ring sound. I'll grab a start there and we are going to go over to Time mode. So I know I'm basically 5 seconds in right now, so I can go up to 45. I'm probably going to keep it to 34 so that I beat the 29 second rule. Scroll out to about 34 seconds, which is here. Oops! You'll notice it's easy enough to do that. I tried to click in the ruler to get my playhead there and I clicked here in the cycle region.
Frankly, I do that all the time by accident. You may as well. So you are just going to have to reposition or redrag that cycle region in order to fix the problem. Here is our start point and I'll make it a little shorter, have it stop at the pre-chorus, why not? Okay, perfect. So now-- (Music playing) So that's going to be our whole length.
All I need to do to create a ringtone is to go to the Share menu and choose Send Ringtone to iTunes. It creates a mixdown of that section for me. Exports to iTunes. (Music playing) Adds it to my Ringtones playlist in my iTunes Library and now when I sync my iPhone to this iTunes, I can get my Easier ringtone just by syncing this ringtone to my phone.
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