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juno106user 2012-12-06 00:27

OT - Best Smart Phone for Audio Types
It's that time again when I need to upgrade my phone. the iPhone 5 seems like an easy choice except I hear I cannot import my own .mp3 sound effects for my own ring tones... True? How lame.

Any suggestions?

KryoShift 2012-12-06 01:05

And here I thought you meant music creation.

I'd go with Android, then, if your concern is easy ringtones :p plop them in the folder on the sd card and done.

For listening, well, the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 feature a Wolfson DAC. Look around on, there are some guys running USB DACs on their Androids iirc, too.

Neutron Player is also really nice (UI looks like a DJ app lol, but... yeah) with it's parametric EQ, 64-bit audio processing, and a slew of other features aimed at audiophile types. The dev is easy to get a hold of, too.

juno106user 2012-12-06 02:13


Originally Posted by KryoShift (Post 1192430)
And here I thought you meant music creation.

Yeah, I realize that I would be missing out on Figure and that would suck but I do everything in Reason already so I would live with the choice.

Any other thoughts?

Dogboy1973 2012-12-06 02:28

I guess if ringtones are more important than audio Apps iPhone 5 sounds like a no go. For all other considerations its the only choice. iOS is light years ahead of the competition. There's so much good stuff out there for iOS musicians. Android is still trying to get over latency issues as far as I can tell ..... besides you can't get Figure on anything but iOS so it's a no brainer ;)

juno106user 2012-12-06 02:38

It's not that ring tones are "more important" but I do make them and I like to use them

Dogboy1973 2012-12-06 02:45


Originally Posted by juno106user (Post 1192478)
It's not that ring tones are "more important" but I do make them and I like to use them

Are you sure you cannot use MP3's as ring tones on the iPhone 5? I would have thought you could. I don't have one so I can't check.

juno106user 2012-12-06 02:56

Aha.. Apparently via iTunes now.. Wasn't possible before from what I understood. Aside from ringtones, any other thoughts or does the iPhone get the general consensos?

Here's what I found:

Open iTunes, go to the iTunes menu and select Preferences.
Click on the General button and click the Import Settings button.
From the pick-list next to “Import Using” select AAC Encoder. Click the OK button. Click the OK button a second time to exit out of Preferences.
Play the .mp3 song file you want to convert in order to identify the 20-30 section of the song which you’d like to use for the ringtone. Specifically, you’ll need to write down the start and end time of your desired section. You can do this by watching the timer that iTunes displays near the top of its window.
Click once on the mp3 song file and go to the File menu and select Get Info
Click on the Options button so you can enter the Start and Stop times to set the 20-30 section that you want to become your ringtone.
Go to the Advanced menu and select Create AAC version. This will cause a duplicate copy of the song file to be created. This duplicate copy will only be the length you selected when you set the Start and Stop times.
Before you forgot, return to the original mp3 song file and clear the Start and Stop times. You don’t need to re-enter the original times. I simply leave these fields blank and iTunes will automatically know to play the entire song.
Click on the newly created AAC song file to select it.
Go to the File menu and select Reveal in Finder. This will open a Finder window showing you this AAC song file. Leave this window open. We’ll return to it in just a minute.
Go to iTunes and make sure your AAC song file is selected.
Go to the Edit menu and select Delete.
You may be asked if you’re sure you want to remove this file from your iTunes Library. You’re sure so click the Remove button.
Next, you’ll be asked, “Do you want to move the selected song to the Trash, or keep it in the iTunes Media folder?”. Click the Keep File button.
Return to the Finder window that you left open. You’ll see the AAC version of the song file. You can identify it since its filename ends with .m4a file.
Change .m4a to .m4r
Drag this .m4r file onto the iTunes on the Dock. This will import this .m4r file into iTunes and it’ll show up in the ringtones section.
Sync your iPhone and make sure that you’ve selected to sync all Ringtones. This will add the ringtone to your iPhone. Then you can assign it to a particular person listed in Contacts.

Dogboy1973 2012-12-06 05:26


Originally Posted by juno106user (Post 1192482)
Any other thoughts or does the iPhone get the general consensos?

Well, Android users might say different. It may well be a better mobile platform for many things. But for Music / Audio Apps you've only got to look at what's out there for iOS to realise there's a LOT more going on. Generally it seems to work a lot better as well it appears. I guess it's a lot to do with iOS being run on a standard platform of only a few models. Android runs on every other phone, of which there are thousands!! A nightmare for developers you would imagine (and the reason Figure is not on Android according to the Props head honcho, Ernst).

NewAtlantisAudio 2012-12-06 06:53

You can also export anything from Garageband as an iPhone ringtone, including any of your own files. As for music creation apps, iPhone is really the only worthwhile choice. So much good stuff you can't get elsewhere.

devilfish 2012-12-06 07:55

Apple iPhone!

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