Is there a way to add background music to a Google Hangout?
June 20, 2014 6:22 AM   Subscribe

I'm running a Google Hangout-based D&D game and I was thinking that certain scenes might be nicely enhanced with some background music.

Other than playing the music from another source and getting it picked up by my microphone, is there a plugin or easy trick that will allow me to add an audio track?
posted by jozxyqk to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite includes the ability to play tracks off SoundCloud, and integrates with Google Hangouts.
posted by fings at 6:54 AM on June 20, 2014

That could work.. I'm not too familiar with SoundCloud, though, other than people uploading their personal recordings.
Does SoundCloud have commercial songs on it? (Like, specific stuff people would recognize, in the vein of Spotify or even Youtube)
Or at least a way to easily search for "stock mood music"?
posted by jozxyqk at 7:03 AM on June 20, 2014

I'm pretty sure Roll20 has some "stock mood music" as well.
posted by oceano at 7:57 AM on June 20, 2014

(Babysitting my question, whee)

Any other options besides SoundCloud?
What if I had a real, recognizable, commercial piece of audio that I wanted to play in the background of my hangout?

For an arbitrary example, just in case my players are reading the thread, what if I wanted the theme from Jaws to ominously play at a critical moment of the story? (dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun...)
I probably can't legally upload that to soundcloud; all I want to do is pipe the audio into the conversation in some "digital" way.

More suggestions?
Thanks again!
posted by jozxyqk at 9:25 AM on June 20, 2014

I suggest creating a free Roll20 account and playing around with it.
posted by fings at 10:50 AM on June 20, 2014

(More babysitting of question)
I actually am using roll20 within Hangouts -- although, so far, just for maps.
But I'm looking specifically for a way to play music (or sound clips) of my choice (which might include "real" music, movie quotes, etc) through the hangout.
What if I didn't have the context of a D&D game? How would I play my own music in the background of a Hangout?
posted by jozxyqk at 10:59 AM on June 20, 2014

It sounds like you're looking for a way to combine audio from multiple sources (microphone, a music player, etc.) into single stream that can be fed into Google Hangouts.

If you're on a Mac, you can use Soundflower to create a virtual audio device to allow route audio from one application to another.

I'd try a setup like
    Microphone -> GarageBand -> SoundFlower (2ch) -> Google Hangouts
with one GarageBand channel that monitors your microphone and another for cueing and playing music / sound effects / etc. As an added bonus, this setup will allow you to apply effects to your voice. You'll probably want to use the Soundflowerbed menu to route SoundFlower (2ch) to your own speakers / headphone so you can hear it too.
posted by Jotnbeo at 9:10 PM on June 20, 2014

I'm not on a Mac. I'm on Windows and sometimes Linux.
posted by jozxyqk at 8:11 PM on June 21, 2014

Use an external music player for your tracks, plus a microphone for your voice, routed into a cheap external mixer, which feeds into your computer.
posted by monospace at 10:39 PM on June 21, 2014

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