How to Set Up Sound Alerts on Twitch


You have seen them on most Twitch streams and want to spice up your bland stream with fancy sound alerts.

But what even are Twitch alerts at their core?

How do you set up a custom sound alert for events like new followers, subscribers, or donations? 

Keep reading to see the best ways to set up Twitch sound alerts to make your stream pop!

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What is Twitch Sound Alerts?

Twitch sound alerts are small lengths of music, sound effects, or gifs that pop up in live streams whenever a specific action occurs.

Some streamers call them sound memes.

Fx, Twitch stream alerts pop up when someone follows your channel, subscriber notifications, or makes a new donation by sending bits because they love what you do. 

Besides those occasions, other types of sound alerts include:

  • Raid alerts
  • Cheer alerts
  • Host alerts
  • Donation alerts
  • Sound alert packs

When using sound alerts, it is also important to remember to pair each sound with an animation or gif to spice up your stream.

If you want to make it unique, use your voice or custom-made sound effects, and only use sound effects that relate to your brand or general stream vibe. 

By incorporating sound alerts for all these different occurrences, you can help liven up your stream and make the viewing experience more enjoyable.

I know it can sound overly complicated, but don’t worry; I will walk you through setting up your first Twitch sound alerts.

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Setting Up the Sound Alerts Twitch Extension

You need to use a streaming software and Twitch extensions to set up sound alerts on Twitch.

I’ve found the Sound Alerts Twitch Extension from Streamlabs OBS Studio is your best option, as it allows for an easy setup and seamless integration with your stream.

You can even monetize the extension on your stream, allowing you to earn bits from your viewers.

However, you share 20% of all the bit earnings with the extension. 

Note: The Sound Alerts Twitch extension requires you to use the Open Broadcasting Software (OBS), and then StreamLabs, Muxy, or StreamElements can be used to create effects for those sound alerts.   

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How to set up the OBS software extension in a few simple steps:

  1. Go to the Sound Alerts extension website, and log in using Twitch. 
  2. Then you need to add the extension to your Twitch account via the “Extensions” tab in your Creator Dashboard. 
  3. Once you have logged in, navigate to the “Setup” tab on the main screen of the Sound Alert extension’s dashboard. 
  4. You will find a button for the extension in the “Setup” tab you can drag into OBS.
  5. A sound alert box will be created that you can place wherever you want on your stream scene. 

Now that you have set up the extension and it is ready to roll, it is time to work on adding sound alerts to your stream. While this process does take some time to do correctly, your stream will look much better afterward. 

How to install Sound Alert messages:

  1. Navigate to the “Dashboard” section of Sound Alerts,
  2. Click on “My Alerts.”
  3. Navigate to “Other Alerts.” You can set up your new follower, sub, raid, donation, and bit sound alerts here.
  4. Click “Add New Alert Event.”
  5. Choose the sound alert you want to play, and then decide between using a template for an animation or gif or just having some text appear on your stream. 
  6. Repeat the previous steps for each sound alert you want to be active for your Twitch stream. 

There you go! Using these alert settings, you can easily create various options and customize your stream with the right sounds that fit your channel.

You now have sound Streamlabs alerts activated for your Twitch stream, and they show up in the chat box the next time you stream to all your followers.

Use royalty-free Sfx and music on Twitch

Remember that if you choose to upload your own alerts to the extension, it is important to use royalty-free sounds. 

Sound alerts are still subject to copyright law, and using ones you do not have the right to use could land you in a sticky situation.

The same is true for music. If you choose to play some background music while live streaming, you must also ensure it is royalty-free to avoid any DMCA strike.

Twitch now uses an algorithm that automatically detects any copyrighted music or sounds. So to avoid copyright strikes, only use sounds and music you have a license for.

There are several sites where you can find Twitch alert sounds free, including ZapSplat, Freesound, and SoundBible.

The problem with free sites is that you don’t know if users have uploaded sounds they haven’t created and own the copyright.

I recommend purchasing a license from a site like Epidemic Sound, Pond5, Zero-G, Loopmasters, or Goldbaby, which I have all used in the past, and which has solid licensing since music producers use them.

However, hundreds of sounds are also available on the Sound Alerts extension dashboard. 


For content creators just starting, creating and using sound alerts in Twitch streams can seem like a complicated process.

But it’s not complicated if you follow the setup process in the step-by-step guide above.

Custom alert packages are a great way to make your Twitch channel unique, welcome a new subscriber, or accentuate the best moments.

Remember to get a royalty-free license for whatever sound file you use or – better yet – create your unique alert.

Experienced Twitch streamers use stream decks to play individual alerts, sound clips, music, and animations, which is a great way to set up alert systems with original work.

So that’s something to consider for future streams.

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Until next time, happy streaming!


How do I keep my sound alerts on brand?

When setting up your sound alerts, it is important to stay on brand, and to help you out, here are a few ideas for what you can do. 

If you play RPGs or FPS games on your channel, use common sounds associated with those games, like gunfire, slashing sounds, or even a small segment of village/tavern music.

For Minecraft streamers, incorporating creeper or other mob sounds as your sound alerts can be entertaining for your viewers.

Regardless of what sounds you use, tailor them to your channel, and your viewers will enjoy the experience that much more. 

Can I change an alert sound once I have created it?

Yes, once you have created a sound alert, you can change it by going to the Sound Alerts dashboard and clicking edit sound alert. Text-to-speech alerts can not be changed and require you to delete and recreate them.

My sound alerts are not working. What do I do? 

If your sound alerts are not working, ensure you have added the overlay to OBS and have created the proper sound alert events.

If that does not fix the problem, check out Sound Alerts’ official ultimate guide to setting up sound alerts for Twitch.

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Jan has played video games since the early 1980s. He loves getting immersed in video games as a way to take his mind off stuff when the outside world gets too scary. A lifelong gamer, the big interest led to a job as a lecturer on game sound at the University of Copenhagen and several written articles on video games for magazines.

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