How-to Make a QCP Ringtone

HOW TO MAKE A QCP REALTONE RINGER FOR YOUR PHONE:

It's a bit of a process to make a genuine QCP file for your phone. Thank goodness it's not so much a requirement for newer phones. Most phones with software updates later than mid-2005 (and that are capable of playing "realtones" at all) will support using .MP3 files as ringtones. But if your realtone-capable phone is older than mid-2005 then it probably requires realtone ringers to be actual .QCP formatted files.

Here's how you do it; basic steps first, details below.

Basic steps:

  1. Choose your audio clip source (sound, sound effect, recorded message) and get it onto your computer.
  2. Edit your audio clip down to just the part you want. It should be short and sweet. 1 second to 20 seconds.
  3. Save your clip as a .WAV file.
  4. Convert your clip to a .QCP ringer file.
  5. Load your realtone ringer onto your phone!

It's actually pretty easy, and very satisfying to know that it's your own, very personal, hand-made ringer that is irritating everyone else in the room.

Software tools needed:

  • An program to record, rip or otherwise squire your base audio track. I use Winamp Pro for ripping, but you can use whatever you like to rip or record your audio data onto your computer harddrive.
  • Qualcomm Pure Voice Converter -- you can download this in a few places but the fountainhead source is Qualcomm itself. http://www.qualcomm.com. Look for the "Purevoice SDK" to get the converter.
    • While you're at Quallcomm.com, also download the "Pure Voice Player" and install it so that you can test your creation in its final form. (This is optional of course, but only takes a few seconds to download and install.)

  • A audio editing program. Again, you can use whatever you like or are familiar with. I use "Audacity" because it is super, easy, beautifully made and free! (Not sure if there's a Mac version... sorry.) You need this program to do four things:
    1. Crop down (aka, "trim") your audio clip to somewhere between 0.5 and 20 seconds or so.
    2. Adjust, compress or boost the volume levels of your cropped clip to loud-as-possible without clipping.
    3. If your clip is stereo then this program needs to be able to blend it down to mono.
    4. Save your trimmed, compressed and blended clip as a .WAV file.

(Note: you are, of course, free to use any other programs that you know and love. The objective, before conversion to .QCP is to have a short, clean, loud .WAV file.)

The details:

  1. Rip or record your base audio file. Get it into an .MP3 or other format that is importable to your audio editor of choice.
  2. Open your audio editor ("Audacity" for me.) and "import" your base audio file into it.
  3. Find the section of your base audio file that you want to use for a ringer then crop it down to just that part.
    • In Audacity, highlight the part that you want, from beginning of it to the end of it, then use the "Trim to Selection" tool on the "Edit" menu.
    • Keep it short! Remember, your phone will automatically repeat your ringer until you pickup the call. So short-ish is OK. Think of the sound of one bell "ring" -- that's all you need at the minimum.
    • Some phones will support longer clips for ringers, but don't count on it, especially with an older phone or older firmware.

  4. After you have your ringer clip trimmed down to just the part that you want, tweak the sound to boost the volume levels.
    • Again, in Audacity a way to do it is to select the entire ringer clip and then select "Amplify" from the "Effects" menu. You can also select little subsections and just boost those. You need to get it as loud as possible without clipping.

  5. Now "export" your trimmed and boosted ringer clip as a .WAV file.
    • In Audacity, you'll use "Export as WAV" on the "File" menu, but other programs might use "Save As" or something else. The point is, save it as a .WAV file.
    • It's probably easiest, since this is just a temporary file needed for one short task, to just save it to your computer desktop. You can delete it from there in a minute.

  6. Now drag your newly created .WAV file and drop it onto the icon for the Qualcomm QCP converter (called "pvConverter.eve").
    • This is not a Windows program. It will just briefly pop open a black "DOS box" window and then quickly close it. But after that is done you will find a new file on the desktop (or in the folder) with your .WAV file. It will have the same filename, but the file extension -- the part after the 'dot' -- will be .QCP. Tah - dah!

At this point, you're all done! At least with making the .QCP file. Now you need to get it over to your phone.

If you have a USB cable and you know how to use it, you're all set. Just make sure that you get the file into the correct folder for ringtones on your phone -- find the instructions for your particular phone someplace on the web (Howardsforums.com is an excellent place to start.)

If you don't have a USB cable then try going to www.3gupload.com. You can sign up there to upload your ringtone and then send it down to your phone. (It depends on your phone and it's "relationship" with the outside world, so I'll let you figure it out from here.)

Congratulations though... you've made your own realtone ringtone!

3 Comments

The quality of this converted ringtone sucks. It does not compare to the wav file at all. Is there another conversion program that will do a better job than the qualcomm software. I just got a samsung trance.

Followed this, got the qcp file but it has 0 bytes. original wav file had 3meg

yea zero bytes! whats up wit that?

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