OpenAudioMc supports multiple file formats for your sounds, these are:
- Google Drive Public Share Link
- DropBox Public Share Link
What to use when
|Direct MP3||- Fast
- No strings attached
|- Requires webserver||Best for usecases where timing and reliability is important.
(like Ride, Areas, etc etc)
|Google Drive||- Easy to use
- Easy to share
|- Not particularly fast
- Links can expire
|For quick and easy file hosting.
(Event music, sound effects, etc etc)
- Easy to use
|- Url may need manual edits
- Links may be blocked when used often
|For general purpose audio hosting.
(Same as Direct MP3 but on a smaller scale)
|SoundCloud||- Stupidly Simple||- Not particularly fast
- Some artists prohibit the use of their songs
|Easy music sharing and playback.
(Same as Direct MP3, but on a small scale)
|YouTube||- Stupidly Simple
|- Playback isn’t instant
- Delay may cause timing issues
|Simple area music, sound effects, dialogue, etc etc|
- Youtube videos need to be public and big videos might not work. It’s best to upload your own.
- Some soundcloud artists block their music from being played on third party sites like OpenAudioMc, if a soundcloud song fails to play, its most likely this. You are best off uploading it to your own account (but be sure to set it to public)
- GoogleDrive and DropBox share url’s have to be public and permanent. Please note the permanent part, since it’d be a shame if your music suddenly stops playing.
It is possible to add support for other sources as well. OpenAudioMc has a java api to add support for url manipulations. This means that there are add-on plugins like OpenAudioMc-Youtube to expand the feature set with an alternative youtube engine.
You might want to shake things up a little every once in a while by assigning random sounds to a region, command or whatever. You can simply do this by stringing multiple sources in a JSON array, so you’d enter something like
["https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oddp32TODKs","https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBCLsnxNd4Y"] instead of your singular source. The client will chose a random sound from the list when the media is requested to start.
The OpenAudioMc audio format is what’s being used throughout the network. It contains the source, and a UNIX timestamp for when the command was executed. This is defined by the plugin and does NOT get changed anywhere further on in the process.
Other optional metadata included:
fadeTime(number): Time for the sound to fade in (in MS)
id(text): The ID that will be assigned to the sound. This can be used to stop one specific sound later.
loop(true/false): Decide whether the sound should restart after finishing or not. This will mean that the sound will keep playing until manually stopped.
pickUp(true/false): Decides if the sound should continue (AKA Sync) between sessions and players
expirationTimeout(number): The amount of time (in seconds) a sound should be kept for. Setting it to 120 will mean that the client will hear the sound, even if it connected after it started.
volume(number): A scaled volume level that will be used for the sound (so you can make sound effects quiet, etc)
All the optional tags should be included in the Play command as a JSON object with the spaces left out, so a fully decked out argment would look like