7 Great iPhone Apps to Create Custom Ringtones, Alerts and Alarms

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Apps for making iPhone ringtonesTruth be told, I even enjoy the classic sound of an upbeat Marimba. But, with iPhones on all the major carriers, there's a Marimba in every pocket so it's time to differentiate your ring from the rest. Creating a custom ringtone is easier than you think — especially if you have a good ringtone app.

These apps offer a range of features like text-to-speech, voice recording and audio editing so you can use any song in your iTunes library to make a ringtone. Basically, if you can hear it you can turn it into a ringer for your iPhone. In addition, ringtones can also be used for text messages, system alerts and alarms. Get creative, go crazy and customize your iPhone with unique sounds from these great ringtone making apps.

Ringtone Designer Pro - Create Unlimited Ringtones, Text Tones, Email Alerts, and More! (AppStore Link)
User Reviews
4.5
Ringtone Designer Pro - Create Unlimited Ringtones, Text Tones, Email Alerts, and More!
Developer: BLACKOUT LABS
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store

Ringtone Designer is a very simple to use app that uses a beautiful user-interface to make creating ringtones very easy. With Ringtone Designer, users can create an unlimited number of custom ringtones, text tones, email tones, and other alert tones using the songs in their iPhone music library. The app allows for straightforward adjustment of ringtone length by allowing the user to swipe over the audio wave to select their desired clip. Read our Ringtone Designer Pro review.  Try the free version before going Pro.

ToneCreator - Create text tones, ringtones, and alert tones! (AppStore Link)
User Reviews
4
ToneCreator - Create text tones, ringtones, and alert tones!
Developer: MobGen
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store

ToneCreator Lite is one of the most versatile ringtone creation apps available for the iPhone. It allows for the simple creation of HD ringtones from music in users' iPhone music library. Users just simply choose their preferred song from their music library and then select the start/end points by touch. It also allows users to record HD ringtones by using the iPhone microphone. ToneCreator Lite also features advanced music controls such as fade-in/fade-out options, a zoomable visual waveform preview of clips and manual time selection for precise control. Tone Creator Lite lets you try out the app with few restrictions.

AutoRingtone Pro Talking Caller ID Ringtones: Create CallerID Ringtones that Talk with Cool & Funny Text-To-Speech (TTS) Voices (AppStore Link)
User Reviews
3.5
AutoRingtone Pro Talking Caller ID Ringtones: Create CallerID Ringtones that Talk with Cool & Funny Text-To-Speech (TTS) Voices
Developer: No Tie, LLC
Price: $4.99 Download on the App Store

No Tie Software released one of the first apps capable of making custom ringtones for the iPhone. So, it's little surprise that their app AutoRingtone Pro was chosen as a 2012 Reader's Choice for Best iPhone Ringtone app on About.com. These guys know ringtones. At last count, the app features 45 different voices and 200 sounds. Use text-to-speech and mix-and-match sound fx for an unlimited number of custom iOS alerts that can be installed for Caller ID, text messages, reminders, calendars, alarms, etc. In addition, you can share your most clever creations with both iPhone- and Android-toting friends because the app offers both .m4r and MP3 formats. Initially, this app might seem expensive. However, with no in-app purchases and a huge selection of effects, AutoRingtone Pro offers the best value for creating custom ringtones. Read our AutoRingtone Pro review. Sample this app by downloading Ringtone for free.

Ringtone Remix Pro (with Dropbox support) (AppStore Link)
User Reviews
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Ringtone Remix Pro (with Dropbox support)
Developer: Electric Pocket Limited
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store

RingTone Remix offers a lot of extra control for custom ringtone creation. One example of this is the zoomable waveform that allows users to find the perfect section of a track to use as a ringtone. Using touch controls, users simple drag the sliders to the preferred start/end points to select their clips, which can be up to 40 seconds long. The Magic Button feature instantly selects the best parts of tracks and avoid silent portions. A preview option is available to ensure for proper ringtone looping. Finally, an Escalating Ringtone setting enables the app to automatically fade in and out of the tone. Start with Ringtone Remix (free), then decide if the Pro version is for you.

Ringtonium Pro - a remarkable ringtone maker with free music library inside. Cut and edit unlimited ringtones, create unique tones and alerts! (AppStore Link)
User Reviews
2
Ringtonium Pro - a remarkable ringtone maker with free music library inside. Cut and edit unlimited ringtones, create unique tones and alerts!
Developer: OU Bamboo Group
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store

Ringtonium Lite offers some great features not seen elsewhere in their custom ringtone app. Users can create unlimited free ringtones, but the paid version is required for text, email, and alert tone creation. The free version includes an auto-normalize feature for perfect sounding ringtones. The Macro tuning wheel interface allows for incredibly accurate track selection - up to 0.01 seconds. Three sound effects are available to add to ringtones. HD optimized microphone recording is available for custom tones as well. Users can also select to use pre-made tone names to make tone navigation even easier. Read our Ringtonium review.  Start with Ringtonium Lite.

Ringtone Garage ® PRO (AppStore Link)
User Reviews
4
Ringtone Garage ® PRO
Developer: Lemondo Ltd.
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store

Ringtone Garage is a very simple ringtone and text tone creation app that allows users to choose between their iPhone music library or custom microphone recording to create new tones. Users simply drag the beginning and end points on the tone waveform display to choose the desired tone selection. A preview button is available so that users can ensure their tones are perfect before saving them. Not ready for Pro? Try Ringtone Garage for free.

Ringtone Director Pro (AppStore Link)
User Reviews
4
Ringtone Director Pro
Developer: No Tie, LLC
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store

If music doesn't catch your attention, then you might prefer a talking ringtone. Using text-to-speech technology Ringtone Director Pro lets users create unique ringtones in more than 50 different voices. The app also includes a few dozen sounds for added effect. The neat thing about this app is that you can set different alerts without having to memorize a bunch of custom sounds. Instead of knowing that the foghorn is your mother-in-law and church bells are for Sally, you can create individual talking ringtones for the people who call you most and let your phone announce: "Sista Sally is on the phone." and "Let it go to voicemail. You know who is calling." You can have a lot of fun with Ringtone Director Pro, but it's truly useful too. Share you favorites via the No Tie website. Read our review of Ringtone Director Pro.  Check out the free version of Ringtone Director here.

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  • Geekorize

    Great article. I am excited to try a few of these out!