Make custom ringtones for your mobile phone or audio projects with this free program.
This free ringtone maker for Windows has a simple interface that supports most mobile phones and audio and video formats.
AVCWare Free Ringtone Maker makes ring tones in a few simple steps from most popular video and music file formats including AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, MP4, H.264/AVC, AVCHD, MKV, RM, MOV, XviD, 3GP, WMA, WAV, RA, M4A, and MP3.
Ringtones can be saved as MP3, WAV, M4R, M4A, OGG, and AMR files, making them compatible with most mobile phones.
AVCWare is a good basic program to create ringtones or other audio projects with enough options to satisfy most casual users; it's a little dated but still works well.
It's easy to use, drag and drop or browse for a file, choose your options, select the convert icon and you're done. The resulting ringtones are decent quality. It's not Audacity, with all the options, but it's quite a step up from the online ringtone creation services.
The program slider does a good job of letting you navigate to or skip parts of a song. Create ringtones by playing the file and then setting the start point and end point for the ringtone, or set the length of a ringtone to a fraction of a second using the numeric function. You can also write down a start and end time for the ringtone and manually enter the numbers, making sure to click the start and end buttons so changes are saved.
The output folder can be changed and files can be renamed. Fade in and fade out times are one, two or three seconds. When you're done, click the phone graphic in the lower right area of the box and the ringtone will be converted, saved and appear in your output folder.
The program has fade in and fade out effects, the ability to choose bitrate (32 to 192), sample rate (22050, 32000, 44100, 48000), and change the number of channels and the output format.
After using this program for a few months, I've found you might run into an issue if you're creating multiple iterations of a ringtone with slight adjustments. If you're using the same file name, it will usually get overwritten. Occasionally when a file is overwritten and you select yes, you might get a "Failed to convert file" error message. Renaming the file should take away that issue, though I've found it to be much easier to save the file to the desktop, listen to it, and delete it before creating a slightly different version.
Update: (June 1, 2019): The latest version of this software has a persistent update nag screen - it's still free, and if you install the latest version, the next day you'll see another upgrade prompt. And another the next day. The new version has two PUP's (potentially unwanted programs) offered during installation that you'll probably want to decline. I recommend going to the program folder and deleting "Free Ringtone Maker Update". On my system it's located in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Free Ringtone Maker".
The program is a 20MB download. It runs on Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. VirusTotal gives it a green light.
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