How to Add Music to Streamlabs

Published on: Nov 30, 2022 • 5 min read
  Steve


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When you open Twitch or YouTube and start to broadcast live streams, you notice that most creators have background music playing in specific scenes.

This adds a nice touch of personality to a live stream, which makes it look cool and unique in a certain way.

So, how do you add music to Streamlabs OBS? Fortunately, this powerful tool (which you can install on your computer for free!) allows you to add a song or a track to your live stream in a pretty easy way.

Today’s post will focus on the following topics:

  • How to add music to Streamlabs OBS;
  • How does adding music to Streamlabs work?;
  • Different methods to get song, track, or audio files played on your game stream.

Is Playing Music On Streamlabs Possible?

Yes, you can start streaming on Streamlabs OBS while playing music! This free program allows you to delight your viewers with audio tracks quite easily.

But there’s a factor that you must consider: you can’t play copyrighted music on most streaming platforms.

This means that songs that you find on most music streaming services out there, such as Apple Music and Spotify, can lead your Twitch, Facebook, or YouTube account to get a copyright strike from the platform.

Thus, although you can download and play music files on Streamlabs, you should beware of the songs you play.

Otherwise, you might end up losing your channel - copyright strikes are no joke!

How to Add Music to Streamlabs

There are three different ways to add music to Streamlabs OBS (of course, royalty-free music).

So, whether you want to add lo-fi music to your stream or find a nice song to play in the background, these alternatives are going to help you start playing them in no time.

Method 1: Add Spotify to Streamlabs

The first option we have at hand is to start adding music to Streamlabs OBS through Spotify.

For this, you need the Spotify Desktop app, preferably with a Spotify premium account.

We have already made a guide on How to Add Spotify to Streamlabs OBS, but to summarize, the process works like this:

  1. Launch the Spotify Desktop App on a new window and open OBS as well;
  2. Go to the Audio Mixer section on OBS, and select Window Capture;
  3. Play music on Spotify, and let the Window option capture the Desktop Audio that is coming from the Spotify App’s scene.

For further details on this matter, check our related article mentioned above.

Method 2: Create Music Tracks On Streamlabs

You can create certain tracks of audio files to use on any scene you want on Streamlabs OBS.

Since OBS lets you add different sources, you need to set a music scene within the media source section, and then play it whenever you place.

Without further ado, let’s do it.

Step 1: Launch Streamlabs and Go to the Sources Tab

First of all, open OBS, and go to Settings on the main Streamlabs Dashboard.

Once click on the Settings Icon, scroll down until you find the Sources tab - select it.

Step 2: Select Media Source and Create New Source

Now, select the Media Source option, and then click on Create New Source.

Then, another window will open where you can proceed with the next step.

Step 3: Set the Source Name and Click On Add Source

Here, give a name to the new source.

Since it’s going to contain a soundtrack or song, we recommend you name it as such so you can quickly identify it on the dashboard while streaming.

Once you are done, click on Add Source.

Step 4: Select the Music File and Click On Done

After you add the source, you will need to set it up on the Streamlabs OBS software.

Click on Music File, and add music that you have downloaded to your computer.

You can download a soundtrack or a song prior to this step to include it on the mixer.

In the same order of ideas, you can also change audio monitoring, playback speed, and production quality settings here.

Make sure that you have added the right audio track, and proceed with the last step.

Step 5: Play Music On Streamlabs!

Since the new source has already been added to Streamlabs OBS, you will be able to find it in the Media Sources section when you go live.

So, start your streams, and go live. If, for instance, your viewers just started a Hype Train on Twitch, and you have a dedicated track for that occasion, just go to Media Sources, and play the source that you created inside the mixer.

It’s that simple! That’s how adding music to Streamlabs works.

Method 3: Add Twitch Soundtrack As New Music Source

The third and last alternative you have is to use the official Twitch Soundtrack to add royalty free music to your streams.

  1. Go to the Twitch Soundtrack section mentioned above and look for a track that you like;
  2. Download the track, and then open Streamlabs;
  3. Go to the Sources Tab, and select Add Source;
  4. Since Streamlabs is integrated with Twitch, you will find an option that says “Add Twitch Soundtrack;”
  5. Select the soundtrack, test it on the Window Capture option, and play music on your live stream.

As you can see, there are multiple options that you can use to provide your live stream with music, all thanks to the power of Streamlabs. Find more useful Streamlabs guides here, at Launch Kit.

FAQ

Where Can I Find Royalty Free Music for Streamlabs?

There are many services where you can find songs with a chill vibe, lo-fi versions of popular tracks, and different pop genres of videos and games for free. One of them is Epidemic Sound. If you want to power your stream with a music scene on Streamlabs OBS without getting muted or banned by a copyright strike, then Epidemic Sound has got your back.



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