Adding Alert Sounds & Sound Effects to Your Live Stream

Adding alert sounds and sound effects to your Twitch, YouTube or Facebook Gaming content is one of the easiest ways to personalize your stream and make your content more fun for your audience.

There’s lots of fun ways to use sounds on stream. Popular uses of sounds are with alerts, the use of a manual trigger such as a soundboard or tie in with fun commands that your chat audience can play live on your stream!

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What are Alert Sounds?

Live streamers use alert sounds to add a fun layer to their content. By adding sounds to your content – such as Twitch alerts, events and other widgets, you can add a layer of interaction with your viewers and help create bigger, clip-worthy moments.

Sounds can be uploaded and used on stream using StreamElements or Streamlabs’ alert widget systems.

How to Add Sounds to your StreamElements Alerts?

To customize your alert sound using StreamElements:

  1. Log in to your StreamElements account.
  2. Navigate to your Overlays page.
  3. Open the overlay set that includes your existing alert widgets.
  4. Within the layers, find you Alerts and click the “Settings”.
  5. Click the arrow to reveal all your alert type, then the settings cog next to the one you wish to edit.
  6. Scroll down to the Sound Options
  7. Remove the existing sound, and add or upload your new sound.
  8. Save!

Note: if you’re using a Nerd Or Die alert set with included sound effects and you wish to replace them with your own, you need to mute or delete our sound effect. Some packs have the sound provided in the standard Sound field, however if the alert has the sound included in the video file you will need to manually set the the audio portion of the video to “0”. To do this you will need to navigate to the “Custom Fields” tab where an additional volume control can be found.

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How to Add Sounds to your Streamlabs Alerts?

To customize your alert sound using Streamlabs:

  1. Log in to your Streamlabs account.
  2. Visit the alert box widget settings in the Streamlabs Dashboard.
  3. Click on the Event Type you’d like to customize.
  4. Scroll down until you see the Sound field.
  5. By clicking the “Upload” button (far right) you can browse the Streamlabs sound gallery. The gallery includes a variety of free sounds. Alternatively you can upload and explore your own alert sounds in the “Uploads” tab.
  6. Once you’ve selected your sound, click “Select” to close the prompt.
  7. You will need to do this for each alert you want to add new sounds for.

Note: if you’re using a Nerd Or Die alert set with included sound effects and you wish to replace them with your own, you need to mute or delete our sound effect. Some packs have the sound provided in the standard Sound field, however if the alert has the sound included in the video file you will need to manually set the the audio portion of the video to “0”. To do this you will need to navigate to the “Custom Fields” tab where an additional volume control can be found.

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How to add chat activated sound effects using StreamElements

Step 1 - Activate the StreamElements Bot

  1. Log in to your StreamElements account.
  2. Navigate to you Dashboard and ensure StreamElements Bot is in your channel. To do this look to the right of your dashboard and you will your Bot Settings. If your Bot is already in your channel, it will only show “Part Channel” and “Mute” buttons. You do not have to do anything else. However, if it’s not in your channel, it will show a button that says “Join Channel“. Click that and follow the prompts.
  3. Assuming the bot is now in your channel, you can move on to Step 2 below.

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Step 2 - Setting up the !commands

Create a sound effect Loyalty Item

  1. Log in to your Stream Elements account.
  2. Navigate to your Loyalty Stream Store.
  3. Click “Create New Item” and Select “Sound effects”
  4. Set the item name, description and cooldown settings as you wish. Choose the Loyalty cost, press ‘Next‘.
  5. Click the Upload Sound to upload your own sound effect (mp3 is best)
  6. Choose the forms of redemption and the !command line you prefer.
  7. Navigate to your custom commands page.
  8. Create a command with a name of your choosing and set the response to be ${redeem item_name_here}

The item name and item command from the item’s first and second settings pages don’t have to be identical, but you can use the same exact word just to make sure you remember it.

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Add a Store Redemption Widget to Overlay

  1. Next we need to create an overlay that contains the Store Redemption widget. This widget would be what actually plays the sound file.
  2. Navigate to My Overlays.
  3. You can your sound effect within an existing overlay, or a new one – it’s up to you.
  4. Within the desired overlay (in the Editor), add the Store Redemption widget.
  5. Once added, make sure to remove the default assets from that widget. Remove the video and sound files and delete the alert text.
  6. Click Save!

Test your newly created sound command in your chat. Have OBS or the Overlay Editor open to hear the sound playing upon redemption. If you’ve created a new overlay, make sure to add it as a browser source in your OBS.

Source: https://support.streamelements.com/en/articles/101-setting-up-sound-commands

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How to add chat activated sound effects using Streamlabs

Step 1 - No Longer an Option 😔

Streamlabs had a tool called “Streamlabs Chatbot” which allowed for sound effects to be triggered. Over time this has changed to Cloudbot. Unfortunately, being able to trigger sound effects with Cloudbot, is not a feature that was included. It’s no longer possible for your chat to easily trigger sound effects using commands using a Streamlabs product. If this feature is important to you, we recommend trying out StreamElements Bot.

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Where to download stream sound effects

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If you’re not one to make your own or just prefer some cool sound effects to match your visual aesthetic, we have a range of sound effects ready to download and upgrade your stream. We’ve also compiled a free collection of memes and sound effects to use in your alerts or soundboard. Enjoy!

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