I want to use a personal sound file (currently an mp3) instead of the system alert sounds (sosumi, basso, etc.)
I remember this being really easy on Macs a couple of decades ago, but can't figure out how to do so today.
You need add the sound file to
The sound file needs to be converted to AIFF or WAV format. Macworld has a good writeup on how to do this using iTunes or garageband.
It is still easy!. (Mountain Lion)
To create an alert sound
To use an alert sound
The play limit appears to be under 30 seconds. That is why I used a 25 second file.
Ok I forgot I have Quicktime Pro (v7)
In QuickTime X.
After Trimming in QuickTime X.
This will give you a m4a file.
You can drag and drop it on to VLC.
The file should now be exported as a .wav