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Sound is a great way to provide feedback to player actions and events, background sounds can also give your scene more context and improve the player’s immersion into it.

📔 Note: Keep in mind that sounds are only heard by players who are standing within the parcels that make up the scene where the sound was generated, even if they would otherwise be in hearing range. Players can also chose to turn off all sounds on their settings.

Supported sound formats vary depending on the browser, but it’s recommended to use .mp3.

.wav files are also supported but not generally recommended as they are significantly heavier.

Play sounds #

To play a sound, you need to add an AudioSource component to an entity.

// Create entity
const sourceEntity = engine.addEntity()

// Create AudioSource component
AudioSource.create(sourceEntity, {
  audioClipUrl: 'sounds/sound-effect.mp3',
  loop: true,
  playing: true,

When creating an AudioSource component, you need to provide the path to the location of the sound file in the audioClipUrl field.

The sound file must be inside the project folder. In the example above, the audio file is located in a sounds folder, which is located at root level of the scene project folder.

💡 Tip: For more clarity, we recommend keeping your sound files separate in a /sounds folder inside your scene.

Each entity can only have a single AudioSource component, that can only play a single clip at a time. This limitation can be easily overcome by modifying the audio source at the time of playing a new sound, or by including multiple invisible child entities, each with their own sound.

📔 Note: The AudioSource component must be imported via

import { AudioSource } from "@dcl/sdk/ecs"

See Imports for how to handle these easily.

Playing and stopping #

To make an AudioSource play its file, set the playing property to true.

// Create entity
const sourceEntity = engine.addEntity()

// Create AudioSource component
AudioSource.create(sourceEntity, {
  audioClipUrl: 'sounds/explosion.mp3',
  playing: false,

// Define a simple function
function playSound(entity: Entity) {
  // fetch mutable version of audio source component
  const audioSource = AudioSource.getMutable(entity)

  // modify its playing value
  audioSource.playing = true

// call function

If you set the playing property of an AudioSource component to false, the file is stopped. This means that if you later set playing to true again, the sound file will begin from the start again.

📔 Note: Sounds are played on each player’s local instance. Other nearby players won’t hear the same sounds unless their local scene explicitly plays them too.

Looping #

To keep a sound playing in a continuous loop, set the loop field of the AudioSource component to true before you start playing it.

const audioSource = AudioSource.getMutable(entity)

audioSource.loop = true
audioSource.playing = true

Looping sounds is especially useful for adding background music or other background sounds.

Set volume #

You can set the volume property of the AudioSource component to change the volume of a sound.

The volume is expressed as a number from 0 to 1.

const audioSource = AudioSource.getMutable(entity)

source.volume = 0.5
📔 Note: Of course, the volume of a sound is also affected by the distance of the player from the audio source. As the player walks away, the volume will be lower.

Audio streaming #

See Audio streaming to learn how you can play a live audio stream from an external source.