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     Moto RAZR Part II: How do I build sound files for use on my Motorola RAZR phone?
    RAZR phones - Neat things you can do
    OK, I can now copy files back and forth from my computer to my RAZR. However, the sounds do not play. What do I need to do? How do I build sound files for use on my phone?

    RAZR phones ship with anywhere from 5MB of memory in the original V3 to 30MB in the V3i and V3x). Newer V3m versions could support 2gigabytes of memory in a card slot. With less memory, you have to be pretty stingy as to how many sounds you load.

    A RAZR uses the MP3 sound file format for playing sound bites or recorded music. It uses the 3GPP midi file format for playback files like older style ring tones.

    See Part I of this article for information on copying files to your phone. You will copy the .MID or .MP3 files to the audio directory on your Moto. Note that Verizon phones are locked. Not even the phone tools will help you. Verizon wants to keep you captive and only be able transfer files through them. T-mobile phones are open to copying files, at least in my experience.

    Copying your CDs to your phone
    If you want to put songs from your CD collection, you will need to rip them from the CD into MP3 format. Many different applications will accomplish this. I have used this free program, FocusSoft Free CD Ripper, which runs under Windows XP.

    It will pull the tracks, including those from hard to read CDs and convert them to MP3, as well as assigning useful filenames. Note that each MP3 files uses roughly 1 megabyte of memory per minute of song.

    Editing sound bites for your phone
    Perhaps you would like to use only part of a song as a ring tone or just a sample sound bite. My current favorite utility, mp3DirectCut, is great for saving parts of an MP3 file. It is a very small (60K), free, and easy to use Windows XP application. It is available from

    This would allow you to snip the opening cowbell sequence from Mountain’s Mississippi Queen, for example, to use as a ring tone.

    Convert WAV (or others) to MP3 for your phone
    If you want to convert files from different formats, here is another nice free Windows application called winLAME. This is a front end for the LAME command line MP3 encoder application.

    The winLAME application can re encode your MP3 file at a lower sampling rate so that is uses less space. In this way you can cram more tracks on your phone. WinLame can also convert MP3 to WAV along with OGG and a few other formats.

    Converting MIDI files for your phone
    Many MIDI files are available for download as ring tones. Older phones could only use these. You may want to turn some of your own songs into MIDI files. MIDI ring tones are far less annoying than MP3 ringtones of the same song. This is a rather tricky proposition, since MIDI files are actually intended for running one or more instruments. Your RAZR will actually play MP3 files, so you do not necessarily have to convert them to MIDI.

    To get best results, you might want to look at non-free converters. I have not tried this one, but Intelliscore might be a good example. But you are here to do it as cheaply as possible, right? AmazingMIDI freeware automatically transcribes music, converting WAV files into MIDI files. You would have to convert your MP3 to WAV first (use winLame). You can try different instruments to use as tone files to get better results.

    Here is an article on converting MIDI files for use on Cell phones.

    Cell phone midi files need to be SP-MIDI (a component of the 3GPP mobile phone multimedia architecture)

    < < < Back to Part I On to Part III: How do I create and upload videos for my Moto RAZR? > > >

    Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 @ 10:43:41 UTC by BB
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