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Today, in an ensemble of duck quacks, trumpets, and air horns that go BRR BRBRBRRRR, we’re introducing Soundboard: a new way to react in Voice channels with sounds curated by your community.  

Upload the sounds you want to your server’s soundpack, and your fellow community members can use them within a Voice call. Plus, Nitro subscribers can use soundpacks across servers, just like they can with emojis and stickers! 

Soundboard will be rolling out over the coming weeks, so read on to learn more about how it works! 

How to Use Soundboard on Discord

Like custom Emojis and Stickers, Soundboard lives within Discord servers. Anyone in your community can use the sounds uploaded to your server’s soundpack. If someone has Discord Nitro, they can use your community’s sounds in any other server on Discord. 

At launch, Soundboard can only be used or managed on desktop. However, mobile users can still hear any sounds you play so they’re in the loop when a HONKHONK happens. 

To use Soundboard, hop into any Voice channel in your server and you’ll see a new button next to Activities that looks like a music album. Press that, and you’ll bring up the Soundboard panel.

A screenshot of Discord’s desktop app. The user is in a Voice call, and the new Soundboard button is highlighted. 

Don’t know where to begin when thinking of sounds to upload? Good news: we’ve preloaded your servers with a few starting sounds to hit the ground, uh… quacking! These include a polite golf clap, a cricket to break the silence when the call is a bit too quiet, and a “wah wah waaah” sad horn when something goes awry.  

As with emojis and stickers, Moderators can restrict Soundboard usage to only sounds from their server or disable Soundboard usage entirely using Role and Channel Permissions. If they do, feel free to mimic the “sad horn” sound when they join the call — wah wah

Uploading & Moderating Soundboard Sounds

We love a good QUACK QUACK, but there are plenty more sounds you can create. Emojis and Stickers encapsulate anything from the latest popular memes to in-jokes that only your community would understand, and Soundboard is the audio version of this type of expression. 

To upload a new Soundboard sound, you’ll either need the “Manage Server” permission or own the server you’d like to upload a sound to. If you’ve got the right permissions head into Server Settings > Soundboard

A screenshot of the new “Soundboard” menu in Server Settings.‍

In this menu, you’ll see all the requirements to upload a new sound to your server’s Soundboard. 

  • File type: MP3
  • File size: 512kb
  • File length: Up to 5 seconds

Once you’ve uploaded your sound file, you can change its name, adjust the sound’s default volume for everyone, and assign it an emoji that pops up in Voice when you use it. Upload your sound effects and test your optimal onomatopoeia assigning when you name your sounds “awOOOga” or “honk honk

A screenshot of the Sound Edit functions in Server Settings > Soundboard.

Permission management for Soundboard works like Emojis and Stickers: Moderators can limit the usage of Soundboard to certain channels or roles by adjusting the new “Use Soundboard” permission. And similar to emojis and stickers, you can limit the usage of external soundpacks using the “Use External Sounds” permission. 

Soundin’ good? For the full details on how Soundboard works, head on over to our Help Center.

*WHOOOSH* Use Sounds Across Server with Nitro

We’ve been saying “just like emojis and stickers” a whole lot in this article, and for good reason: the Nitro benefit for Soundboard is similar to the emoji and stickers benefit, meaning Discord Nitro subscribers can use all soundpacks from their communities in any server they’re a part of, as long as their server permissions allow them to. 

Artwork of Wumpus smashing a Soundboard button. The text reads: “Custom Sounds Everywhere: React with Soundboard custom sounds in all voice channels.”

Cross-server soundboard support is one of the many features that is included with your Nitro subscription. Learn more about everything Nitro has to offer here

Accessibility Options for Discord’s Soundboard

Soundboard brings more fun and enjoyment to everyone on the call, but we also get that hearing sound effects during a conversation may not be for everyone. In addition to community admins choosing default volumes for their audio accentuations, you can adjust how loud all Soundboard sounds play for you by default

A screenshot of the setting to adjust your personal Soundboard volume.

You can change this by heading into User Settings > Voice & Video > Soundboard. Here, you’ll find a “Soundboard Volume” slider — feel free to adjust it to whatever makes you comfortable! 

Even if you have your soundboard volume set to zero, you’ll still see a sound’s associated emoji pop up within the Voice channel so you can enjoy it visually and know the context of why everyone suddenly started laughing. 

Sound Good to You? Let Us Know!

We hope your server’s Soundboard grows to become an essential part of your community’s creativity and expression. And with Nitro, you’ll be able to share those satisfying soundpacks across servers, allowing you to bring not just yourself but also a part of the friends, inside jokes, and communities that have shaped who you are to more people around the Discord world. 

We’re always excited to see what you come up with when a new feature drops! If you’ve created the next greatest Soundboard sound that everyone just has to have in their server, show us what you made over on the usual spaces: Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram

Thank you for listening to our presentation! *clapclapclapclapclapclapclapclap* 👏👏👏

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