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How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio (Step-By-Step)

Written By : Andrew Siemon

You can easily create ringtones in FL Studio just like you can with GarageBand, however, you’ll need to use other software to actually turn it into a ringtone for Apple and Android devices.

To make a ringtone with FL Studio
1) Open and set up a new FL Studio project
2) Select instruments or samples for the ringtone
3) Produce, edit, and arrange the ringtone
4) Export it as a WAVE and then transfer the ringtone using iMazing

Methods For Transferring Ringtones To Your Device

We’ll start with what you came for which is actually how to turn your song into a ringtone.

The video shown down below walks you through how to transfer files from your computer to your phone using iMazing. You can use their free trial if you don’t want to pay and it works great.

1) iMazing (For macOS/PC Devices)

How to Set Custom iPhone Ringtones Without GarageBand

iMazing allows you to easily manage the relationship between your device and computer’s files.

  • Start by downloading it from their website. It is important to note that iMazing has a paid version. To use the full features, you have to pay for the service. However, you can also use the free version to transfer music/audio files easily.
  • Once you have downloaded and installed iMazing, connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.

Then open iMazing and wait for it to recognize your phone.

  • On your iPhone, a prompt appears asking you to “Trust” or “Don’t trust” your computer. Click trust, and go back to your computer.
  • Go to the music tab in iMazing.

Then locate the place where you exported the ringtone to on your computer and drag and drop it in iMazing.

Once the transfer is complete, you can now open your iPhone and change your ringtone to the one you just made.

For step-by-step instructions on how to use iMazing, check out my other article where I explore it in detail.

2) Using A USB cable (For Android Devices)

Plug one end of the USB cable into your computer and the other end into your Android phone. On your phone, view your notifications and tap on the USB connection notification.

Using USB Connection - How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio [Step-By-Step]
Choose “File Transfer” or “Media Device (MTP)”. Your computer will then recognize your phone as an external drive.
Copying Ringtone to Device - How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio [Step-By-Step]
Open your “phone drive” copy the ringtone from where you exported it to on your computer, and paste it into a suitable location on your “phone drive”.

Now go to your sound/notification settings and change your ringtone to your newly made ringtone.

4 Steps For Making Ringtones in FL Studio

1) Open A New FL Studio Project

Open up FL Studio on your computer (Windows or Mac). The default FL Studio template is a basic project with a Kick, Clap, Snare, and Hat. You can create a nice ringtone with these or choose to start from scratch and select your preferred sounds.

Making New Template - - How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio [Step-By-Step]
To create an empty project, after FL Studio is opened, go to the Menu Panel and Click on File. From the drop-down, select “New from template” and select “Empty”.

This will open up an empty project with a sampler on the channel rack for you to load any sample into.

2) Set The Tempo For The Project

Setting the Tempo - How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio [Step-By-Step]
Set the tempo as shown here.

Generally speaking, most ringtones are made at around 120 -150 BPM, but you can always choose a different tempo depending on the feel you are going for.

The Tempo panel is beside the Transport panel (play/stop buttons). To change the tempo, click (and hold) the tempo button and drag it up (to increase) or down (to decrease).

3) Select The Instruments, Samples, Loops, Or Music You Want To Use

Locating Sample - How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio [Step-By-Step]
Choose your instruments like so.
Adding Plugin - How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio [Step-By-Step]
Open up a new plugin in the channel rack

To load a plugin in FL Studio, the easiest method is to open the channel rack and click on the add (+) button. Then from the list, select the plugin you want.

The list of plugins in FL Studio
Choose your plugins here.
Selecting Plugins - How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio [Step-By-Steps

For external loops and samples you’ve downloaded, similarly, click and drag the sample from your computer’s file explorer and drop them in FL Studio.

Opening Browser - How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio [Step-By-Step]

You can get loops and samples from websites like Splice, Sample Focus, Looperman, and similar websites. You can also search on Google and YouTube for specific samples you want.

Another great way is with the Sample Chrome Browser extension which you can find on my product page.

4) Create Your 8-Bar Ringtone

A) Drums

Adding Drums - How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio [Step-By-Step]
A typical drum beat has the kick on every or every other beat, the snare/clap on every 2nd and 4th beat, and the Hat on every half beat.

I prefer to start with drums these days. For drums, you can typically use 4 sounds: Kick, Snare/Clap, Hat, and Transitions.

In this aspect, feel free to explore your creativity and come up with a drum pattern that matches your idea. Alternatively, you can use a drum loop to save time.

B) Chords

Making Chords - How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio [Step-By-Step]
Create another pattern for the chords. To create a new pattern, click on the plus (+) button at the bottom left of the playlist and give the pattern a name.
Adding A New Pattern - How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio [Step-By-Step]
Click on the tab to add a new pattern as what’s shown here
Click on Piano Roll - - How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio [Step-By-Step]

Open the channel rack and right click the channel containing your instrument/synth and select “Piano roll”. Make your chords by drawing in the notes in the piano roll.

  • Another way to make chords is to record your guitar or any other instrument you have with a microphone. Alternatively, you can get a chord loop, and drag and drop it into the playlist.

C) Melody

Adding A Melody - How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio [Step-By-Step]
Make your ringtone melody.

D) Arrangement

Arranging Your Melody - How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio [Step-By-Step]

The final step is to arrange all the elements you now have as you want to repeat the same phrase over and over for 8 bars. 8 bars of music is a little short so do not expect to have many variations in the ringtone.

5) Export The Finished Project

Exporting Project - How to Make Ringtones with FL Studio [Step-By-Step]

After creating the ringtone and you’re satisfied with it, the next step is to export it so you can transfer it to your phone and use it as a ringtone. To export from FL Studio, go to the Menu panel and click on “File”. From the options that appear, select “Export”.

There are different audio formats to choose from when exporting. For this case, I recommend choosing WAVE Format. It’s a standard audio format for downloading and uploading music. The WAV format offers better sound quality.

Once you have chosen your desired audio format, a “Save As” window opens where you are asked to decide where you want to save the file and you’ll be required to name the file.

Then the rendering window shows up. Here you get to choose the quality of the audio. It is recommended that you go for the highest quality when exporting.

Questions or concerns about the process? Let me know in the comments. If you have any other ideas for how to do it, make sure to say something.

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Andrew Siemon is the principal creator of, a website dedicated to all things music, including music production, music theory, recording, and how to use the most popular DAWs. Starting out as a metal guitarist, Andrew has since moved into other areas of music production including hip-hop and fusion

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