Types of Ringtones
A Monophonic ringtone is a ringtone that can
play only one type of musical tone at a time.
A Polyphonic ring tone is a ring tone that can
play several types of tones at a time (up to
72 in recent phones). The first polyphonic
ringtones used sequenced recording methods
such as MIDI. Such recordings specify what
instrument should play a note at a given time,
but the actual instrument sound is dependent
upon the playback device.
A True tone is a Ringtone which has been
encoded with a high fidelity format such MP3,
AAC, or WMV format, and represents the latest
evolution of the ringtone. It is often also
referred to as a Mastertone or Realtone. Real
tones, which are often excerpts from pop
songs, have become popular as ringtones.
A recent innovation is the singtone, whereby
the users voice is recorded to a popular track
and then tuned-up automatically to sound in
key. This can then be downloaded as a ringtone
or sent to another users mobile phone.
These are exciting new formats for ringtones.
They are clips with real vocals of well known
songs sung by the known artists.