New Instagram effects move to music

New Instagram feature is available to Android users and will be coming to iOS soon

Tech Desk May 28, 2020

Instagram is introducing AR Music, a feature designed to let creators build effects that react to music, according to the company’s blog.

Music is an integral part of the Instagram experience, and millions of people use music everyday to add meaning and emotion to the moments they share. Creators can now augment and extend this desire to share by creating AR effects that move and play in sync with music, the company said.

“To create an effect that responds to music, you can either import or use your own legally licensed music files or you can let people pick a song they like from the thousands of free tracks in Instagram’s music library.” says the website.

There are several different ways to use audio clips in your project reveals Instagram. The simplest way to play a sound is using an Audio Playback Controller, which you can create in the Assets panel and link to a Speaker.

To do this, select the Speaker in the Scene panel and choose the audio playback controller from the Audio dropdown in the Inspector.

After selecting an imported audio file in the Audio Playback Controller in the Inspector, you can use the Play and Loop checkboxes to control the default playback state for your sound.

You can control one-shot and looping playback from the Patch Editor. Audio Playback Controllers can also be used in scripting, via the Audio module.

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"We’ve already seen several creative examples of AR effects paired with music and can’t wait to see more," Spark AR said on their website.

If you’d like to learn more about making effects that respond to music and sound, check out their blog post.

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Since April, the company has launched AR stickers; a new way to show off effects in creators’ profiles; an updated effects gallery for people to search through; and “gallery picker” effects that allow viewers to take videos and photos from their library and include them in their content.

This feature is available for Android users today and will be coming to iOS soon.

Here is a look at how the feature works:


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