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Anverc
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So the instructions on this site are wrong, you will end up with bad sounding ring tones that could potentially blow your phone's speakers out.

The following is an updated version of the MP3 to QCP tutorial from the old focus site (meaning, i take very little credit for it).

You will need two programs, Purevoice and Audacity. You may already have them from trying the tutorials on this site. If not, you may download them from these links:

Purevoice: http://www.cdmatech.com/products/purevoice_download.jsp
Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Once you have both programs installed, find your favorite MP3 and note it's location on your computer.

= Cropping your tune =
The first step in creating your ringtone is to crop your mp3 to less than 30 seconds. I recommend less than 20 seconds, but it at the very least has to be less than 30sec.

Open Audacity.
Once Audacity is open and on your desktop, choose "Import Audio" from the "Project" menu at the top of the window.
You will see an Open File dialog box, browse to your favorite MP3, select it and then click Open.

Now you will see your song in it's visual form, a wavy/spikey blue coloring. From here you will want to select the part of the song which you would like to create your ringtone from. IMPORTANT: you will need to make this less than 30 seconds. 15-20 seconds is best!.

To select a part of your song, choose the Selection Tool (it looks like a text entry cursor - like an uppercase I, it should be the top-left most button on the toolbar). Once you have the Selection Tool chosen, you can click and drag within the visual representation of your song to select it. At the top of the song you'll see numbers 0, 15, 30 - these are seconds markers, so you can easily see about how much of the song you have selected. You can play around at this point, zooming in, pressing play, etc. It's best to get just a bit before and just a bit after the portion of your song so that you can crop it more precisely later.

Once you have the selection, go to Edit > Trim (if it is greyed out, you have to hit the STOP button first, it's the SQUARE button in the play/record/etc... toolbar). You'll now notice that all you can see is the selection, the rest of the song is gone. Now click on the "Time Shift Tool" button in the toolbar (it looks like a line with an arrow on the back and front of it, it should be the bottom middle button in the group of 6 buttons on the left most part of the toolbar). Click on this tool then click in the center of your audio clip and drag it to the left so that the left most part of the clip rests at 0 seconds.

Now press the PLAY button and decide if you need to trim. Trimming is more advanced, but it's basically doing what I have mentioned above, just play around and have fun. When you are happy with your recording, you may move on.


= Making the audio OK for your phone =
Now that you have a good section of your song, you are ready to run it through a few filters.

Choose Edit > Select All (if it is greyed out, you need to hit the STOP button first).

Choose Effect > Normalize - make sure both boxes are checked then click OK.

Choose Effect > High Pass Filter (towards the bottom of the list). Set Cutoff Frequency to 160 then click OK.

Your audio is now safe to play on your phone (the bass has been removed and the peaks have been toned down).

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Now go to Edit > Preferences

In the Quality Tab: Make sure
Default Sample Rate is set to 8000 Hz
Default Sample Format is set to 16-bit

In the File Formats Tab: Make sure
Uncompressed Export Format is set to WAV (Microsoft 8 bit PCM)

Click OK

= Saving out as a WAV file =
File > Export as Wav
Choose a place to save this wav file, give it a name, then hit SAVE.

You can now close Audacity.

= Converting your WAV to a PCM file =
Now open Purevoice.
Once it is open, choose File > Open, select the WAV file you just created and hit OPEN (note: you will have to change the "Files of Type" dropdown in the OPEN dialog to be "Microsoft Waveform Files" in order for your WAV to show up in the files window)

Click the PLAY button and listen to your music. It should sound like a lower quality version of your MP3 but should still sound OK. If it doesn't, you'll need to play around in audacity some more.

Now, click File > Properties. Make sure the following is set:
Codec: PureVoice (Superior Quality)
Rate Set: 0 -- Fixed full rate (14000 bps)
Format: QCP -- QUALCOMM PureVoice
Click OK

Now go to File > Convert
After a second or two, you'll be back at the normal PureVoice window again, press Play and listen. This is somewhat what it will sound like on your phone (but it will sound a bit better on your phone normally). It should also sound fairly similar to what you just listened to before pressing Convert.

Now choose File > Save As. Save it somewhere where you will remember.

= Uploading your PCM file =
Now go to this website. PCSPHONETONES.COM. Log in and at the top of the page where it says "Select File to Upload" click Brose... Browse to the PCM file you just created and click OK. Now next to "Name (as it will appear on your phone)" type in the name you want to name your ringer. Then click Upload File.

You will now see a page that has some information:
Filename
Space Required on your phone
etc...

Keep this page open!

On your phone, open your web browser and go to the following URL (it is different per phone, so i won't explain how to do that here)
http://3g.pcsphonetones.com

Log in and you will see a list of links (maybe only 1, if this is your first upload). Go to the link that has the same name as what is listed next to "Filename" on your computer's browser and click OK on your phone to start downloading it. Select that you want to trust the file.. etc... etc..

You now have a high quality ringtone converted from your favorite mp3!
Sunday, 03-25-2007 at 11:51:46 AM ET
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Wow, this looks solid. I've been using purevoice to record directly, but I bet normalizing in audacity, and setting the bitrates and bit channels in audacity would make the end product sound a lot better, and as you mentioned limit the range so you don't blow a speaker.
Wednesday, 03-28-2007 at 04:04:53 PM ET
kd5col
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I just purchased my Sprint phone Sunday. I immediately found this site and using the above directions have been making some very nice ringtones that are better quality than the ones Sprint sells. Thanks for the great directions. Follow them and you can't go wrong.

I'm rather busy for the time being, but I'll probably start offering my ringtones for download from my own website soon to share with everyone.
Wednesday, 03-28-2007 at 06:44:33 PM ET
jason
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I added a link to these instructions from the front page. Looks pretty good. We've considered offering some sort of qcp exchange functionality, but have to be wary of copyright laws...we don't want Lucas Arts after us again. (Nice guys, by the way, who helped us come into compliance quickly and painlessly).
Thursday, 03-29-2007 at 02:10:40 PM ET
rockstarhk
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I agree they are better quality than sprint
Saturday, 03-31-2007 at 08:33:25 PM ET
seraphym
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I just made 4 ringtones. I can't BELIEVE how easy this was to do! I was a little intimidated at first because I thought it would be really complicated, but the directions were crystal clear and EXTREMELY easy to follow. I'm on my way to make more--EXCELLENT tutorial.
Monday, 04-02-2007 at 11:17:31 AM ET
xoxoxo
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well...how do you crop it in the first place?
Monday, 04-02-2007 at 05:59:09 PM ET
kctin
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I'm new at doing this. I followed all of the instructions and after I use the convert function on purevoice, it completely distorts the file. It doesn't sound anything like the file before I convert it. Am I missing something?
Thursday, 04-05-2007 at 01:47:30 AM ET
jason
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Usually garble after a convert means the bit or PCM were not set correctly. also, make sure it's mono, not stereo.
Friday, 04-06-2007 at 09:47:57 AM ET
greekfire
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having same problem: everything is set how you advised, but the PCM file is pretty scratchy. If it is in stereo how do you get it to mono, supposing that is the problem? The MP3 starts out in stereo, do you make it mono? In audacity or purevoice?
Saturday, 04-07-2007 at 12:17:55 AM ET
greekfire
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Hey, i found one way to covert stereo to mono, for anyone else who wants to know: in audacity, after opening your stereo MP3, create a new audio track and cut and paste the stereo track to the mono track. There is probably a more simple way to do it that i'm missing, but this seems to work.
Saturday, 04-07-2007 at 06:39:06 PM ET
greekfire
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Ok, having said that: changing it to mono didn't improve the the quality of the qpc, it just got a little quieter. It still is sounding pretty garbled when converted for me. Please tell me if there is something else I can try.
Monday, 04-09-2007 at 09:18:22 AM ET
Sprowell1
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Alright im having some trouble, when i open Pure Voice and it plays my song. i dont have a convert button on the file page. can you help me out?
Sunday, 04-15-2007 at 01:24:59 PM ET
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The wav your export should be:

PCM, mono, 8kHz, 16-bit

If you expect it to sound like a Lucas Arts theater demo, you'll be sorely disappointed.
Monday, 04-16-2007 at 10:44:30 AM ET
pooo
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This way looks pretty solid, but if you setup the windows system sounds correctly, I still think recording directly in purevoice is the easiest way (though editing them is impossible).
Friday, 04-27-2007 at 10:44:17 AM ET
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Agreed, I setup my windows sound settings, and now I just record whatever directly into the new version of purevoice. You can even take sound samples from your YouTube videos.
Thursday, 05-03-2007 at 01:09:44 PM ET
ftpman7
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Great job! My tutorial is not nearly as informative as this one! I might make a YouTube video that might be easy to follow. Let me know if you would allow me to borrow your instructions for it. Thanks, FTPman7
Friday, 05-04-2007 at 09:20:14 PM ET
jason
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I'm mostly impressed with the way title "the real way" indicates that it's an underground secret. It really has a tabloid feel to it. It reads like "Brittney's meltdown: the REAL story".
Sunday, 05-06-2007 at 08:49:55 PM ET
greekfire
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Thanks, I played around a little and found that the ring I was trying to make just had too many different sounds for it not to come out a little garbled, so i tried something with a simpler tune and it was much better, i was expecting to much I guess.
I noticed you guys were saying you recorded directly into purevoice. How do you set it up to do that? Do you need a different version of purevoice? If someone would mind explaining the direct recording route i'd appreceiate it. Thanks.
Wednesday, 05-09-2007 at 01:41:01 PM ET
jason
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Firstly, you are correct, purevoice compresses by grouping like data, so the more dissimilar data there is, the more gets dropped completely.

That being said, the newest version of purevoice (available from the FAQ page and "Ringtones and Screensaver News" on the front page of this website. After you download it, you just need to configure your windows "recording" settings. There is a thread in the discussion board about how to do this (there's also a link to this from the "ringtones and screensaver news"). I think the thread is called "fixing the no sound ringtone problem in purevoice".

Hope this helps.
Wednesday, 05-09-2007 at 10:06:02 PM ET
aconde39
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This was really helpful, thanks a lot for taking time out to make a tutorial.
Thursday, 05-10-2007 at 02:22:15 AM ET
greekfire
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jason, Thanks for answering my question so quickly! I changed that windows setting and now i can directly record with about the same quality (if not better than) importing. Thanks again!
Thursday, 05-10-2007 at 02:33:05 PM ET
pooo
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I changed my settings after reading another thread, and I'm also happy with direct recoding into purevoice. I mean, the quality is acceptable, since it takes 30 seconds to make a 30 second ringtone. I'm don't get too caught up in the quality, since I can change them all the time.
Saturday, 05-12-2007 at 06:27:58 PM ET
justhat1girl
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Sounds awesome, but what do I do if I can't get PureVoice on my Mac? It says its not supported on the newer versions. And I tried the media-convert.com, but don't know what app to download the .qcp through so I can upload it on here.... Any suggestions?
Thursday, 05-17-2007 at 11:27:41 AM ET
quinnarm
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I think this is a great post, easy to follow, but for some reason after i convert it using PureVoice, and Save it, when i upload the .qpc file it says that file could not be supported, any ideas? thanks
Friday, 06-08-2007 at 04:52:01 PM ET
chavato
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Great job on figuring this out. i was having trouble with the other directions but now it seems so easy. THANKS!!!
Friday, 06-22-2007 at 02:45:26 AM ET
mossberg41
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this is really cool...it worked for me, but i still need some help if anyone can...the ringtone is not very loud, even when my phone is turned all the way up...suggestions? and is there a way to get a little better quality?
Friday, 06-22-2007 at 10:18:40 PM ET
gmontemayor
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thanks a lot! i used to be a member when the downloads were free but this is a lot better, harder, but at least im searching forever for songs i want
Wednesday, 06-27-2007 at 12:27:54 AM ET
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Works great. Only problem is that after I export the wav from Audacity, it seems to add on an extra 8 seconds or so of soundless space to the end of the ringtone. Any explanations/suggestions?
Wednesday, 06-27-2007 at 02:19:25 AM ET
pooo
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Yes, I think making them is much better, and with the "share with friends" function under construction, I think it's going to be even cooler.
Thursday, 07-05-2007 at 10:49:21 AM ET
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Hi :) great tutorial, I was able to easily make and transfer my new ringtone. The only problem I'm having is that once transferred to my phone, the ringtone is very quite, and therefore pretty much unusable. The only thing I did different then what you specified was to use a different purevoice converter, as I couldn't get the other one to function without going through a bunch of DOS stuff that I don't understand, so I used this instead-http://www.bestshareware.net/download/purevoice-qcp-converter.htm
but I had everything set exactly the same as you specified. Please let me know, or if you don't now since it's a different program, do you now how I can use Purevoice? I downloaded it, unzipped, but then when I try to run it I get a dos box that flashes on the screen for a split second then it's gone-I googled and found confusing directions on how to use it through command promt, but I really don't understand that. I'm good with computers but have no clue with DOS.
Thanks so much!!

Tuesday, 08-07-2007 at 12:28:43 AM ET
sweetsurrender
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oops, I meant the ringtone is too 'quiet' not quite lol.
Tuesday, 08-07-2007 at 12:29:33 AM ET
Robenson
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Thanks for the help, this topic really helped me to make my own ringtones. Thanks for the help.
Tuesday, 08-07-2007 at 01:15:59 PM ET
Chase32
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I've always had that same problem as sweetsurrender and I've tried it for years on three different phones. The ringtones always come out too soft to be used as a ringer.

I've tried increasing the gain but it's still too soft.
Monday, 08-13-2007 at 01:28:36 AM ET
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I think the new version of purevoice that qualcomm makes is easier to use than the shareware version. It's completely free, and there are no more DOS commands.
Monday, 08-27-2007 at 01:54:47 PM ET
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Does anyone know how to make these sound like the ones you buy the "vision ringers" from sprint.com. I also noticed the size for the ones you buy are 90k at about 15 seconds play time and the ones i made from this thread are about 20-25 seconds, but only 49k.
Wednesday, 08-29-2007 at 11:55:43 AM ET
dankster
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if you have a newer model sprint phone check out the post I made it works like a charm quality is literally just as good as the one you buy. my phone is a sanyo m1 im sure any new model sprint will also work

Sunday, 09-02-2007 at 02:19:22 PM ET
fattmidget
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dankster, i have a sanyo katana dlx so i will try it tonight and let you know how it works.
Tuesday, 09-04-2007 at 06:11:13 PM ET
fattmidget
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ok so i do need the dll files for both of those programs. can you email them to me fattmidget@hotmail.com i only have internet at work not home and can not download programs at work.
Wednesday, 09-05-2007 at 10:43:31 AM ET
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Thanks!!!!! I can't believe how easy that was, it worked perfect my first time. Time to make some more.
Friday, 09-07-2007 at 05:19:29 PM ET
jpaftermath
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i cant seem to log in from my phone

i have sprint m8300

can anyone help?
Wednesday, 10-17-2007 at 10:50:10 PM ET
jpaftermath
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i cant seem to log in from my phone

i have sprint m8300

can anyone help?
Wednesday, 10-17-2007 at 10:50:41 PM ET
jpaftermath
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nvm figured it out thx :)
Wednesday, 10-17-2007 at 10:55:05 PM ET
jason
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Did logging in to 3g.pcsphonetones.com, instead of www.pcsphonetones.com fix your problem?
Tuesday, 11-20-2007 at 05:13:36 PM ET
kalitude
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Which download of PureVoice should I install? There were 3 options for Windows XP on the site - v2.4.0 for Windows 2000/XP, PureVoice Converter 3.1 for Windows, and PureVoice SDK 3.1 for Windows. Thanks for your help.
Friday, 11-23-2007 at 09:38:35 PM ET
Feod
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will this method work on the new lg rumor?
Tuesday, 11-27-2007 at 12:41:28 AM ET
jason
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You don't want the Purevoice SDK, that's the software development kit (assuming you don't want to write software, just use what's there). I think I'm using the 2.4 version or whatever, and I think it will convert or record directly into purevoice (doesn't sound as crisp as converting a good wav, but it's rather acceptable and easy to do).
Tuesday, 11-27-2007 at 04:21:57 PM ET
Abbyigayal
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How do i download the file from my phone after I have downloaded the file onto my account?
Saturday, 01-19-2008 at 07:14:35 PM ET
Abbyigayal
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How do i download the file from my phone after I have downloaded the file onto my account?
Saturday, 01-19-2008 at 07:23:07 PM ET
Abbyigayal
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How do i download the file from my phone after I have downloaded the file onto my account?
Saturday, 01-19-2008 at 07:34:35 PM ET
tonyandtigger
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Instead of using Qualcomm's Pure Voice Software -- try going to http://www.media-convert.com its free and it can convert into the pure voice file format -- and it can convert many many other things as well -- Tigger
Wednesday, 01-23-2008 at 08:10:36 AM ET
NICOLExUPSTAGE
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Is there another link to download purevoice? That one keeps brining me to qualcomm.com
Sunday, 01-27-2008 at 02:17:24 PM ET
Leespeed
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I followed these instructions exactly.. my ring tones still sound pretty bad.

Is is possible to make them sound as good as the ones Jamster sends?
Tuesday, 02-19-2008 at 10:48:43 PM ET
steacy
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Unfortunately, Qualcomm has stopped distributing Purevoice.
Tuesday, 04-22-2008 at 09:55:33 PM ET
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I did everything on this and the quality I'm getting is pretty bad. It's somewhat soft and sounds horrible, voices sound different and hard to understand. Anyone having this problem? I have the samsung instinct, but the ringtones sound bad after I convert them the QCP format.
Thursday, 10-09-2008 at 07:12:02 PM ET
Jeremiah401
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im having trouble when i import a song it plays the song in like 2 seconds instead of playing the song any help, what am i doing wrong???
Sunday, 10-19-2008 at 05:14:10 PM ET
jyow
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Anverc,
awesome post, i've created 3 ringtones very quickly, my first one took a while but i'm good now!
Thursday, 12-04-2008 at 01:32:11 PM ET
dunn1373
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Can anyone tell me how to make the tones better quality? I've followed all of the steps and I even had to get WavePad to make the files smaller to use PureVoice. I tried saving it in mono and stereo. Stereo didn't work at all and mono doesn't sound good. Maybe I shouldn't have it at 8000 Hz or 16 bits?
Monday, 12-08-2008 at 03:45:25 PM ET
dunn1373
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I have an instinct too if that helps anyone
Monday, 12-08-2008 at 05:27:38 PM ET

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