Sound Sources

Sound Sources in Revit and SketchUp

In Revit and SketchUp you have the ability to place Enscape sound sources, which adds 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”.

Click once to define an endpoint, then adjust the sound source along an axis if desired and click again. You can also use the Left, Up and Right arrow keys between the first and second clicks to set a specific axis direction along which to slide the sound source. After the second click, you will be prompted to select a sound file.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Click once to select the face the source should be placed on, and click a second time to select the endpoint of the source. After the second click, you will be prompted to select a sound file.

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.

How to Enable Sound

Placed sound sources will not emit sound unless the sound is enabled in the Enscape ribbon and the Enscape window is open. The sound must be enabled prior to standalone or video export if the sound is to be included.

By default, the sound sources will be visible in Enscape, depicted as a speaker icon. To hide the icons while the sound is enabled, uncheck the box next to Show Sound Sources in the Advanced tab of the Enscape Settings menu. This is only possible when Enscape is running and the sound is enabled.

If the sound icon is visible when a standalone 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. Sound sources are never visible in exported screenshots, videos or panoramas.


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