5 days ago, I opened Audacity and made some ringtones based on BTS’ first teaser for the latest single ‘DNA’ and shared them to reddit and YouTube. Thanks to YouTube’s suggestion algorithm, my video views jumped from 350 to over 10,000 the next day and was at 23,906 views when I started writing this. I spent the weekend making a few more ringtones from BTS’ second teaser as well as some requests and mixes. Someone in the comments asked how I did it and there was so much to share, I’m turning it into a blog post.
Please keep in mind that I am still very much new to Audacity. Those ringtones were basically the first ones I ever made. I’ll assume you used an app or website to download the audio from YouTube.
First, select what part of the song you want to use and isolate. This involves a lot of zooming in to make sure you get as clean a cut as you can (aka no additional sounds). As you can see in the gif, I find it easier to click in the middle of the area you want and then click-drag to the where you want instead of trying to wing it in one mouseover. Once an area is selected, you can use Transport -> Loop Play to hear whether it’ll loop cleanly. Then I copy and paste to a new track (Tracks -> Create New Stereo Track). I like to keep a copy of the original track just in case I mess up.
Notice when I pasted the clip in an existing track, Jungkook’s vocal part shifts off screen. This can easily mess up the arrangement. It’s fixable but it takes tweaking with the Time Shift tool which I’ll discuss later.
Here is a screenshot of all my raw clips Audacity project file for my BTS DNA Teaser Ringtone (1 + 2 = Her mix). As you can see, I’ve got the audio for both teasers (with the BigHit sound deleted) as well as various elements I thought I could use.
This is the actual fun part, where you arrange things to your liking. Here are my notes for my BTS DNA Teaser Ringtone Simple Mix, using the Teaser 2 Extended Instrumental as the base. (The Extended Instrumental was done by basically selecting the first beat and repeating it and then repeating the second drum part with the siren 2 more times. I couldn’t figure out how to repeat the build up to the drop cleanly or else I would’ve repeated that one more time as well.)
I usually keep the main music as the top track and then add a new track beneath it to paste the clip and move it around. This was mostly so I have a better visual bird’s eye view of where I want the clip to be in relation to the overall song.
The Time Shift tool is so great. I mostly arranged things by listening and pasting what sounded good to me, but as you can see in the above gif, it’s so much easier to move clips around instead of pasting, painstakingly selecting the clip only to copy and paste it again. I could’ve saved way more time if I’d known about this earlier.
The BTS DNA Teaser (1 + 2 = Her Mix) is probably the most complicated thing I’ve done so far. This one involved so much tweaking. I forgot to add it on the picture, but I had to extend the end of the 2nd whistle part. I basically Googled “how to extend a note audacity” and this old forum post was like “zoom in, select tiny parts of what you want to extend, copy and paste to new tracks, merge the whole thing as a new mix, crossfade.” This is when I started playing more with the Effects menu.
As you can see, I used Effect -> Amplify a lot. It automatically moves the selected clip to as loud as it can be, but if you move the slider toward -db, you can reduce the volume. I always Preview before and watch the levels to get a better idea of what I want it.
Once you’re happy with everything, select the Tracks and Render and Mix to New Track. From there, you select the track and Export Selected Audio to .mp3 format. That’s it!
It’s a lot of information, but the best way to learn is to just start! I hope this helps and good luck!