Poor quality on custom made iPhone 4S ringtones
I have several pieces of audio which I have converted to M4R format to use as a ringtone. The program I am using allows me to convert these using a bitrate of up to 512Kbps, so I have converted these using a high quality. The original recording was high quality. They play great on my computer, but once they are on my iPhone 4S, the quality is poor. I have tried converting from both high quality MP3 and WAV formats to MP4 format. All of them I have done so far sound like being heard on an AM radio and sound very muffled. Am I doing something wrong or does conversion to this format just automatically cause a loss of quality?
Last edited by suzannesstudd; 02-04-2012 at 11:57 PM.
- 02-05-2012, 08:54 AM #2
I am using Wondershare converter. I first tried the method I saw several people where you take your audio and create an AAC version in iTunes then copy it to desktop and change the extension from M4A to M4R and drag it back to iTunes then sync it to your phone. When that had the same poor quality, I searched for a program that would directly convert from MP3 and WAV to M4R and tried that. That one lets you select the bitrate to use for the conversion which can go up to 512Kbps, but also supports 256, 128, 96, 64, etc. Nothing I have done so far seems to help. The ringtones that came with the phone sound fine, so I don't think anything in the phone is bad. I use my phone with Bluetooth in the car, and it sounds the same when it comes across the car speakers. Just sounds like a very low quality audio. This is my first iPhone, so I have not had prior experience in understanding the differences between audio quality on Apple devices versus original recordings done in MP3 and WAV formats. I also noticed that if I play the ringtone through the iPod music app player on the phone, it sounds fine. The problem only seems to occur when it is actually playing as a ringtone when a call comes in or when it is used as a text or email tone. I can only assume, at this point, that there are differences in playback between the music app versus whatever mechanism is playing it back when it is playing as an actual ringtone.
Last edited by suzannesstudd; 02-05-2012 at 02:51 PM.
- 02-05-2012, 06:22 PM #4
- 02-05-2012, 07:17 PM #5
I tried using iRinger as recommended. Very easy on the conversion, but still not sure how to get around the quality issue. It still sounds the same. Sounds like it is in the bottom of a hollow barrel and has echoing in it. Not knocking the iPhone, but that is the best way I know to describe how the audio sounds. I have confirmed in iTunes under Get Info for the tone that it shows the bitrate as 256K VBR. I know the quality of the original is good because I can put it on my wife's Android and it plays like the original, but it does take the original MP3 and WAV formats directly though without having to convert formats. I am going to assume at this point, since it plays fine from the music app on the iPhone that it specifically has something to do with the way the iPhone interpets or plays it back as a ringtone since the bitrate is 256K and that is better than the recommended 128K for it to be considered high quality. I wonder if maybe there is a limitation when it plays a piece of audio back as a ringtone that it won't play above a certain quality or bitrate even if the original has a better quality or bitrate?
- 02-05-2012, 09:29 PM #7
I know. I am clueless on this one, and I usually do good with this kind of stuff. I can say I did try simply playing the M4R formatted files directly out of iTunes, and I used a good set of headphones so I could compare against the originals, and the audio sounds fine, so I have narrowed the problem down to just playback as a ringtone on the phone. That is the only time it happens. I just got my iPhone 4S when it came to Sprint, so it is pretty new, so I am not sure I am ready to say the phone has a defect, but there is something I am evidently missing somewhere, and I am totally clueless on this one. Thanks for everyone's help so far! I am trying everyone's suggestions to see if I can make it work.
- 02-06-2012, 05:42 AM #9
- 03-05-2012, 11:17 PM #10
I've noticed that when you play a ringtone through the Ringtones section (Settings > Sounds > Ringtones) it sounds flatter or cheaper even than when compared to the same sound sampled through Text Tones, or New Voicemail, or in fact any other category other than Ringtones.
I tested with custom ringtones at first, but then I chose an old favorite, Marimba, and alas I was able to confirm the same applies to stock ringtones as well. Marimba sounded flatter/distorted/of poorer quality when sampled under Ringtones versus when sampled through any other category.
Running iOS 5.0.1 on a iPhone 4S.
It's really sucking the fun out of using the phone I've even found a thread of a whole bunch of people with the same exact 'issue' as I have observed.
- 03-06-2012, 01:15 AM #11
Sounds to me like something in the source file isn't getting transcoded properly. What happens if you try a come rely different source and transcode that? If you can get one source to transfer successfully, at least you know it's not likely to be the phone.
I've made about two dozen custom ringtones using the convert to AAC and then change the extension to M4R and I've had varying results -- some are ageless and others are quiet or muffled. I always just thought it was the source file getting transcoded too many times (some file formats will be more resilient in this regard than others).
- 03-06-2012, 02:40 PM #12
I hear what you're saying, but this is why I tried the standard stock tones for comparison purposes. I'm not quite sure what to make of all this. I'll be comparing with other iPhone 4s users in a day or so hopefully I'll have a more meaningful update for everyone.
- 03-06-2012, 10:32 PM #13
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Re: Poor quality on custom made iPhone 4S ringtones
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