Could you tell me what is the correct standard rms or lufs level and peak level for ringtones? Is there anything else relative with the making of a ringtone as a product that I should take into account?

  • Not a direct answer to your question, but I found the information here useful when creating ringtones. Perhaps you could contact the creator directly and ask him, or get a set of his tones as research. *i am in no way affiliated with the site. cleartones.net/about Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 15:37
  • I saw it. Useful link thanks. I may ask him. Actually his demo doesn't seem to be so loud.
    – ik-Janni
    Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 0:28
  • Oh ok he had the volume level of the player down. Finally he has a decent amount of loudness. I measured them and found that they are pretty loud about -11 LUFS intergrated and the peak level was at -0.7 dbfs.
    – ik-Janni
    Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 4:16

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I got the answer from Noikia Design Team: We usually master for "cd", around -10 RMS (or -14 RMS for softer songs) and peak at -0.2. We leave full bandwidth sound as it is, but apparently some manufacturers cut everything below 200 Hz.

Phone speakers typically can't reproduce much frequencies below 500 Hz. Also, 1 kHz can be a problematic frequency. If it's crowded there, the small speaker membrane may start 'rattling' in higher modes and that's not pretty :-) Always test in a phone or a couple of phones.


I don't think there are any real standards. You could however compare the rms or lufs of several ringtones from current phones (samsung,apple,etc.). Have you tried that?

  • +1 and to add on I reckon -0.1dB might be a safe bet. They are meant to be loud anyways. I don't think a phone would have a digital gain so the only control it has is to go softer. Which then means your sound should be the loudest it can be without distorting the mobile phone's speaker.
    – user6513
    Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 11:37
  • I have an old mobile but I could ask a friend to send me one to test it. I red a tutorial from a software named sound studio4 and it recommends a peak level between -6 and -12 dB which I find too low. It doesn't say anything about rms though. I heard some ringtones in nokia soundcloud. Some of them seem to be loud but I don't know if this is the real level for ringtones or an audio demonstration for the internet with different level. soundcloud.com/nokia-design-team
    – ik-Janni
    Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 23:14

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