While you can mix music and sound effects into regular voice locations, you can also add a second location type to your tours called a music location.
This location type is only available on the Pro and Premium plans, as part of the priority editing service, and unless you’ve been given private access, you’ll need to ask your editor to add music locations to your tour.
Music locations differ from regular voice locations in a number of important ways:
We originally built music locations to fill the silence between locations with a soundtrack. This had the added benefit of reassuring users unfamiliar with VoiceMap’s GPS autoplay that the app was working because when there was no talking, they could still hear something. But music is also easy to overuse and if it’s repetitive, over the top, or not in keeping with the atmosphere of a story or location, it can end up being an irritating distraction.
Music locations work best when they start while nothing else is playing. The previous regular voice location should have finished and the next regular location shouldn’t have started yet.
If you don’t do this, the music location and the voice location might start at exactly the same time, and the music might not drop “below” the voice location.
You also want to avoid overlapping two music locations at the point where the listener is entering from one music location to another.
You don’t actually have to use music locations for music. Some more creative applications of the location type include:
If you have another potential use of these location types in mind, let us know!
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