Adding a little audio to set the mood for your game

RPG Ambience. This is a browser-based program that allows a GM to set up scenes in pre-selected routines with music and  images. The GM would have the PC running nearby, then use a programmed hot-key to start different scenes. A desktop image comes up, and whatever mix of music you select will also start. It can even loop and fade to other pieces within the scene. There doesn’t appear to be support for online play, but it’s a cool tool to have at hand. This is also a great option for GMs running Mac or Linux systems. Another great tool for music in games is Syrinscape. This one I’ve used before, and intend to use with the podcast once I get the mixer set up and integrated with the show production. This also allows a pre-set music bed, plus a number of other sound effects that are played randomly in the background. It also has a  bar on the side for buttons that trigger specific noises like weapons or monsters. This program is not browser-based, and is Windows only for the current time. But, it’s also free to use, with a voluntary donation link to assist with development. Both of these game sound systems are very much live and under continual development by their creators. Pick your preference and add some mood to the audient void at your gaming table!]]>

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