AVC Ringtone Maker is a freeware program that allows you to take your MP3 files and create ringtones out of them for your cellphones. It's a small program that takes almost no resources to run, yet works great in helping you select which part of a song you'd like to use for your ringtone.
The first thing you do after you open the program is click on the button at the top right that says "browse". That opens up the menu where you can go to find the music files you want to take a portion of. After you select the file you go to where it says Output File Name and type in the name of the song. Below that is something that says Output Folder and if you click on browse that's where you can decide where you want to save your ringtones. You can make multiple files from one song if you want different sections, which is why it's smart to always change the titles of each file you create.
After that you get an option as to what type of file you want to create. Probably for the cell phone you want to created your file as an MP3. You also get to select the bit rate that you want for your song, but you need to know that most smart phones won't accept a file as a ring tone if it's larger than 300K. As a matter of fact, I have found if I can keep the file under 290K that it works just fine.
Before you start to play a song, you get to decide whether you want your selection to fade in 3 seconds or fadeout 3 seconds. You can also adjust the volume, which means that if the file that you have plays the song very loud you can either decide to leave alone or turn it down, and consequently if the song is a little low you can decide to leave alone or turn it up.
Then you hit the play button and you'll notice that there's an arrow that moves along with the song. The basic idea is you get to the point of the song you want and you hit the button that says Start Point, and at that point you start counting 24 seconds or so and when you get to that figure you click on the button that says End Point. Usually between 24 and 27 seconds is all the sample you want to make sure your song stays below 300K. Of course each song is different so you'll want to test that on your own.
For a free program it does wonderful things, and I highly recommend it if you have a large cache of songs to choose from. It's easy and works very fast, and it gave me just what I needed when I got my smartphone to create great ringtones easily.