Sound Sources

Overview

Only Revit and SketchUp support the ability to place Enscape sound sources, which can add sound to your live walk-throughs, standalone exports and videos. You can use any .wav, .mp3, .ogg, .flac, aiff, .au, or .raw sound file, which will be looped to play continuously while Enscape is running, if you have the sound enabled. There is no length or size limit on these files. When you have the sound enabled, the sound will get quieter the farther away you are from the source, but it is not affected by geometry. Enscape’s sound simulation is rather processor heavy, so if your project is too large or detailed, it may lead to a crash – which is why we recommend not to use too many sound sources at once.

To include a sound source in your Enscape standalone export, the sound must be enabled prior to exporting. If the sound is not enabled, it will not be included. It is not possible to remove or disable the sound in a standalone, if it was exported with sound. To include sound in videos created in Enscape, the sound must also be enabled prior to beginning the export.

How to Place a Sound Source in SketchUp

To place a sound source in SketchUp, open the Enscape Objects window and click “Sound source”.

Sound Source option in Sketchup

Sound Source option in Sketchup

A dialog window will open allowing you to select the sound source. By default Enscape opens the sound files that come shipped with Enscape, but you can also use your own sound files.

Once you have selected your sound file a speaker symbol will appear next to the mouse pointer in the SketchUp viewport allowing you to place the location of the sound source in the project. Click once to place the sound source.

You will then choose the axis direction. You can use the Left, Up, and Right arrow keys to set the specific axis direction along which to slide the sound source.

When the sound source is placed, you will be able to adjust the Volume, Full Volume and Zero Volume settings, and change your sound file. The Full Volume setting defines the distance from the sound source (in meters) that the sound is played at its full volume. Outside this radius, the sound will fade until it reaches the distance defined in the Zero Volume setting, at which distance the sound will stop playing altogether.

Adjusting the settings for the sound source

Adjusting the settings for the sound source

You can adjust the Full Volume and Zero Volume settings in the Enscape Objects window, or by clicking and dragging the red squares marked 2 and 3 above respectively. To adjust the placement of the sound source, click the red square marked 1. When the Full and Zero Volume values are the same, the sound starts or stops immediately when you enter or exit the radius of the circle.

Here’s a video showing an audio file being placed in SketchUp (please enable your audio on your system and in the video to hear the audio file).

How to Place a Sound Source in Revit

To add a sound source in Revit, click the Place sound source button in the Enscape ribbon.

Place sound source button in Revit

Place sound source button in Revit

You will notice you have tow options to place the sound source in Revit:

  • Place Sound Source (on Selected Face) – Click once to select the face the source should be placed on, and click a second time to select the endpoint of the source.
  • Place Sound Source (on Active Work Plane) – Click once to place the source on the Work Plane that has been pre-specified in Revit.

Choosing either will initially open a dialog requesting you specify the sound file you would like to use. By default Enscape will open the location of the sound files that come shipped with Enscape, although you are free to choose your own sound files also.

Once you have selected your sound file, its simply a case of choosing the location within the project you would like the sound source to be placed.

Placing the sound source in Revit

Placing the sound source in Revit

The Sound Source icon as shown in Revits viewport

The Sound Source icon as shown in Revits viewport

When the sound source is placed, you will be able to adjust the Volume, Full Volume and Zero Volume settings, and change your sound file if desired. When you select the sound source in your view, you will be able to edit these settings via the Properties menu in Revit. The Full Volume setting defines the distance from the sound source (in meters) that the sound is played at its full volume. Outside this radius, the sound will fade until it reaches the distance defined in the Zero Volume setting, at which distance the sound will stop playing altogether. When the Full and Zero Volume values are the same, the sound starts or stops immediately when you enter or exit the radius of the circle.

Sound Source details as shown in Revit's Properties panel

Sound Source details as shown in Revit's Properties panel

The following video shows a sound being placed in a Revit project (please enable your audio on your system and in the video to hear the audio file).

How to Enable Sound

You will need to have Enscape running to access the options to enable / disable the sound source, as well as to hide or show the sound source in the Enscape viewport.

Access Sound Source options in Enscape

Access Sound Source options in Enscape

Show the sound source in the Enscape viewport

Show the sound source in the Enscape viewport

Accessing these settings is the same for both SketchUp and Revit.

Top Tip!
If the sound icon is visible in Enscape when a Standalone Executable file is exported, the sound sources will be visible in the exported file. It is not possible to hide the sound sources from inside the Standalone Executable. Sound sources are never visible in exported screenshots, videos, Web Standalone files, or panoramas.


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