Sound Effects & Background Music - November 2021

November 26, 2021

The silence is over! Your Crowdpurr experiences are about to sound a whole lot better. This month we're excited to bring you Sound Effects for the very first time! We also added Background Music while we were at it.

Want more? We threw in a few more awesome features that we know you'll love.  We hope this update fills your Thanksgiving plate with some much-needed Crowdpurr goodness. This should hold you over until we deliver Santa's Crowdpurr presents in early December.

New Feature: Sounds Effects 💥

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Try Crowdpurr's new sound effects

For the first time in nearly ten years of Crowdpurr, we have finally added awesome Sound Effects! We've sprinkled some amazing new sound effects throughout the Projector View and the Mobile View. We think these sounds greatly enrich the participant experience with a much more responsive and professional vibe.

All newly created experiences will automatically have sound effects enabled on the Projector View and Mobile View. Want flexibility? No problem. Check out the all-new Sounds section under the green Settings tab on the Experience Dashboard. You can enable and disable sound effects on both the Projector View and Mobile View. Depending on the type of event (e.g. live, virtual, hybrid) you can add sound effects to just the participant's Mobile Views, just the Projector View, or both!

New Feature: Background Music 🎶

Why stop at sound effects!? We also added Background Music! What participant wants to sit in silence while playing trivia!? We added multiple background music tracks ranging from lighter jingles, to rocking funky tunes, to intense quiz soundtracks, to holiday music for your end-of-the-year events!

Crowdpurr's new Sounds tab on the Experience Dashboard's Settings tab.
The new Sounds sub-tab on the Experience Dashboard's Settings tab

Just like sound effects, background music is configurable. You can set where your background music plays. Unlike sound effects, Crowdpurr doesn't automatically enable background music on new experiences. Simply go to the Sounds tab to enable it!

Turn Off All That Racket! 😫

Crowdpurr allows participants to mute and unmute sounds and background music.
Participants can always choose to mute sounds on the Mobile View.

Concerned that your participants may not want to hear all that noise!? We've added new mute switches in the upper-right-hand Mobile View dropdown. Participants can choose to mute background music and sound effects, while still being able to hear Question Media like YouTube videos.

Also, in the Projector View, you can easily mute any sound effects or background music by pressing the V keyboard shortcut or going to the Projector View menu and toggling Mute Projector View. In case you have an announcement you need to make!

We also added the appropriate logic to mute background music when a YouTube video or embedded stream's audio is enabled, so background music doesn't step all over your YouTube videos or embedded streams.

We think our new sound effects and background music adds a lot of fun to the Crowdpurr experience and we can't wait for you to try it! To learn more, check our Help Center article Adding Sound Effects and Background Music.

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Your players will love our new background music! If not, they can always turn it off!

Bug Fixes and Minor Updates 🐞

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Official Version Updates

We're always updating the app and fixing bugs. Want to read up on all the latest bug fixes and tweaks we make to the app each week? Then cruise on over to Crowdpurr Community and bookmark our Official Version Updates thread to get updates whenever we update a new version of the app.

What's Next?

Christmas is right around the corner and you can count on Crowdpurr for several shiny new features for our users this year. And just in time for your end-of-the-year holiday events! 🎄

As always, if you want to be the first to know about news, beta tests, and get all the latest updates follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn!

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