We’ve regularly written about all the extras you can add to your Twitch stream. We have generally focused more on the look of a stream. For example, we recently talked about the Top Twitch Templates, Overlays, and Panels for 2019. Much of what we have written about also applies to other streaming platforms such as Mixer, as the overlays and other such templates tend to use consistent file formats.
However, you can do more to personalize your Twitch and Mixer streams. You can also customize some of the sounds. You can attach stream alert sounds to add to the atmosphere of your stream. Streamsentials has a detailed guide on how to set up stream alerts using a range of the tools that streamers use to broadcast.
Best Stream Alert Sounds for Twitch and Mixer
Own3D.tv offers a vast range of add-ons that you can use to customize your Twitch live-streaming channel. Most of these templates, graphics, sounds, and other add-ons are also usable on your Mixer or YouTube Gaming live-streaming channel, too.
Included in Own3D.tv’s offering is a range of Stream Alert Sounds and Twitch Notification Sound Sets. Own3D.tv currently offers 24 of these sound files. According to their website, “most Twitch Alert Sounds are just simple sound sets with no real meaning. That's not enough for us! On own3d.tv, you'll find Alert Sounds especially composed for Streamers on Twitch, YouTube, or Facebook. This way, you can highlight notifications in your stream even better and motivate your viewers to interact even more with you. Especially for followers, donations, hosts, raids, and more.”
Sounds vary from those relating to a musical genre, e.g., Alert Sound Package “Rock” and Alert Sound Package "Dubstep," to those connected to specific games, e.g., Alert Sound Package "Fortnite."
These are professionally produced Sounds for your stream. The Fortnite sound pack, for example, includes custom sounds that alert for Subscriber, Cheer, Donation, Follower, and Host.
As the name Soundsnap indicates, this site specializes in sounds, rather than in gaming add-ons. They aim to help you find the perfect audio clip. Soundsnap has more than 250,000 files in its Sounds Effects library, and they add to the library every week.
Soundsnap offers three payment options, two pay-as-you-go plans, and an annual subscription. If you are merely after sounds you can use as stream alert sounds on Twitch or Mixer, you are unlikely to change your sounds all that often, so you are more likely to prefer one fo the pay-as-you-go options. The three pricing tiers are:
- 5 downloads for $15
- 20 downloads for $29
- Unlimited annual downloads for $199
You can browse sounds by Latest, Location, or Tags. Technically you can use any sound of a suitable length as a Twitch alert. However, Soundsnap does have a page of custom Alert sounds. It currently has 1109 Alert sounds, so you might need to spend some time going through the demo files to find the sounds that best suit your stream. If you click on More Info, each sound you will discover includes a series of Tags that Soundsnap believes best describes each sound.
Soundsnap has a user-friendly interface where you can filter your sounds in various ways, including length.
Although sound doesn’t get the large-scale treatment at Nerd or Die that graphics do, they do still offer three sets of sound effects. You can select from Pretty Sprites Sound Effects, Virtua Sound Effects, and Voice UI Sound Effects.
The Pretty Sprites sound effect pack contains sounds inspired by pixel art and the old school gaming era. This download includes pre-composed sounds that you can hear in the demo video, as well as the individual sound effects used to make them. Use these sounds with your Twitch alerts and YouTube videos. Alert Sounds for Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer. Suitable for uploading to services such as Streamlabs, Bebo, and Stream Elements. The pack includes 20 unique sound designs and 35 individual sound effects.
The Virtua Sound Effects Pack has 25 unique tracks inspired by the SEGA Genesis and 16-bit era.
As its name indicates, the Voice UI Sound Effects pack is somewhat different. It contains a mix of male and female voice options, with sounds for Stream Alerts and Stream Deck Audio Triggers. It comes with three voice styles: General, Relay and Spark, and three message styles: informative, personality, and grateful. There are 12 unique messages per style, adding up to more than 200 voice files. Nerd or Die recommends that you match this audio alert pack with their Uplink Stream Package.
The founder of Alert Sounds is a fellow streamer who was looking for some cool Alert sounds for his Twitch channel. He was shocked to find that there weren’t any sites dedicated to selling sound effects that were designed to go with stream alerts at that time. So he created this site. The site is a sister site to Streamplay Graphics.
Twitch Alert Sounds says it includes a mix of free alert sounds, premium alert sounds, and custom alert sounds. However, when you go to the Free Alert Sounds page, it says that there are not currently any products available.
There are currently 108 products in the Premium Alert Sounds section. It splits its sounds into:
- Cheer Alert Sounds
- Donation Alert Sounds
- Follower Alert Sounds
- Host Alert Sounds
- Raid Alert Sounds
- Sound Alert Packs
- Subscriber Alert Sounds
This means that you can select specific sounds, or you can choose to collect them together in Sound Alert Packs. Many of the sounds/packs follow themes. For example you can buy the Jungle Sound pack for $4.99. This adds a little Jungle style percussion to your stream's alert sounds. That pack includes alert sounds for Cheer, Donation, Follower, Host, Raid, and Subscriber.
Of course, the sound name is purely an indication of suitability. As Alert Sounds says on its site, “If you think these sounds would be better suited for different alert types than how they're currently labeled, then, by all means, mix them up to your preference!”
Streamer’s Haven offers free sounds for your stream. They say that they initially made their sounds for fun, but then decided that they should share them with the community.
Streamer's Haven is a site for streamers, offering streaming guides, tricks, tutorials, and more in a blog format. They include articles on a range of streaming topics, including a section on improving your streaming audio. As they say, "with years of research and experience in the audiophile spectrum on a budget, we provide cheap ways to improve your audio quality and solve pesky issues like sending audio from your capture card to your PC.”
The site currently offers three sound effects for use on Twitch/Mixer/YouTube: Alien Alert SFX, Alien Alert SFX V2, and Banshee’s Wail SFX Alert (Horror Theme).
Sound Alerts is a Twitch extension that lets your viewers play sound effects on your stream for Bits! It gives you a new way of viewer interaction and monetization. It is a relatively popular extension, with more than 25,000 streamers having downloaded it. Streamers have used it to upload more than 30,000 sound files.
Sound Alerts maks it more manageable for broadcasters to upload custom sounds, and viewers can trigger the sounds through using Bits.
SoundBoard’s strapline is "nothing but sounds." At the time of writing, they offered 545,033 soundtracks in 20 categories. One of these categories is Games, and a sub-category within that is Sound Bites for Stream. Currently, there are 33 sounds in this section, some with intriguing names such as "Gundy FAT!", "Hype Squad," and "Pacman Jones!!!"
Of course, you don’t need to restrict your searching to sounds within this section. You could find the ideal sounds for you to use as stream alert sounds on your Twitch or Mixer channel anywhere within SoundBoard.
Freesound offers a vast selection of sound files which you could consider as options for your stream alert sounds. Freesound aims to create an enormous collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse.
The hardest part of using Freesound is that it isn’t designed just for stream alerts. There are thousands of sounds, and it can be challenging to find what you are looking for. However, with patience and careful searching, you may find the perfect sound you can use to individualize your stream.
SoundBible is another site specializing in sound clips, as distinct from game streaming add-ons. It offers free sound clips for download in either wav or mp3 format. It provides free and royalty-free sound effects and clips for video editors, movie scores, game designers, and weekend sound warriors. It updates weekly. Downloads are free and upfront with large download buttons to prevent confusion.
Audio Micro is a stock music and sound effects library for creative people. The site offers a mixture of stock music, sound effects, and loops packs. It includes 429,110 sound effects from Star Trek, Apocalypse Now, Kill Bill, and more. There is also a library of more than 2,000 free sound effects.
As with all these generic sound effects sites, you will need to hunt for your perfect sound, although there is a category of 33 Free Amusement and Game Sound Effects.
You can filter your sounds in several ways, including by length, making it simple to find a suitable track for your streaming sound alerts.