Once you’ve decided to use a sub notifier, you may be challenged to come up with a sound which is able to act as a sound for subscriber notification. In watching a lot of streams, here are some of the things that I’ve come up with that make a good subscriber notification.
- Short. Generally speaking, you want something that is 1–3 seconds of significant noise. Most users have notifications on screen for about 5 seconds — this is the minimum for Livestream Alerts — but having the sub sound be somewhat less than that is good.
- Something you can listen to over and over. In particular, if you get “raided” by another broadcaster, this is something that you might hear 10–15 times in a row; sometimes even more, if you get a strong raid of new viewers. When this happens, you don’t want to be completely annoyed by the sound.
- Simple: You generally don’t want something that people want to concentrate on; a single crescendo, or an arpeggio, are both solid choices.
A lot of users include fanfare/victory noises from various games — both Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy are popular. However, you probably don’t want to just copy what someone else has done: instead, you may want to look for something that’s a bit different; something that can fit the theme of your channel, and really match your mood for your channel.
YouTube Audio Library
To that end, I can’t come up with a strong recommendation than the YouTube Audio Library; and in particular, the “Stings” available there.
The YouTube Audio Library offers thousands of royalty free tracks that you can use in your videos without fear of Content ID strikes; this is a great resource for royalty free music. (If you’re interested in background music for your channel, you can also check it out; there are a bunch of great tracks from many different creators there.)
But in particular, in order to find sub notification sounds: Search for “Sting”. No, not the musician: “A sting is a short musical phrase, primarily used in broadcasting and films as a form of punctuation.” (Wikipedia)
Simply visit the Audio Library and search for “Sting”. There are more than 150 tracks that have “Sting” in the title, many of which are appropriate to use for sub notifications.
Do you routinely play Survival Horror games? Perhaps the track for you is “Into the Depths”, by the Jungle Punks; a dark cinematic track. Do you have a more chill stream? Perhaps “Everythings Nice” is more your style. Have a more retro feel? Perhaps something a bit more synth-filled like “That’s That” from Twin Musicom is more your style.
Now, you’ll notice that the last of those is actually much longer than the 3 seconds I recommend; but it has a nice riff at the end which would work on its own. How can we handle that? Simple: We’ll edit it with Audacity.
First, grab Audacity for Windows: Go to the Audacity Windows download site, and grab the installer. Install the app, and choose File -> Open, and choose the mp3 of your choice. Once you do, you’ll get a nice visual form of the file:
At the top, you can see the timeline in seconds. Looking at this file, I see a pretty clear portion that would make a great subscriber sting: from about 6s to 9s. So, I drag with my mouse to select that area, and click the play button in the upper left to make sure it sounds like what I want:
Once I’ve selected the correct audio I can simply use Copy-Paste: Edit->Copy, create a new file (File->New), and then Paste (Edit->Paste). This will give me a new file with just the audio I care about.
You can then export the file as a .wav file: File->Export Audio, and save as WAV.
This produces a handy 3 second sting which I can then use as my sub notification.
Using your file with Livestream Alerts
Once you’ve created your sting, using it with Livestream Alerts is simple:
- At the alert configuration screen, simply choose “Upload New File”, which brings you to the upload page.
- Upload the new file, choosing the “Sound” type:
- Once you’ve uploaded it, return to your alert configuration, and choose the sound you uploaded from your dropdown:
Another thing you can do, if you’re using Livestream Alerts: you can choose to create *multiple* subscriber notifications; if you do, each notification will be chosen randomly from among your configured alerts. My subscriber notification randomly chooses between 12 different notification sounds that I created myself in Garage Band, so when I get raided, most users will get different notification sounds.
When creating a notification for your fans, you want to make your notifications stand out as yours. Whether you use sounds from existing properties, or sounds from the YouTube Audio Library, you should make your subscriber notification fit the style of your stream and personality. Pick a 2–3 second sting that you can hear many times and still enjoy it; and remember that you don’t need to limit yourself to pre-created stings; you can use trimming to create something special to you. Then you can upload it to your subscriber notification tool like Livestream Alerts or Twitch Alerts, and integrate it into your stream!