I’ve heard of Syrinscape for a while, and finally decided that I wanted to try adding sounds to my online game that I GM. I’ve subscribed (@ D&D level) but I’m not sure that I will continue subscribing.
I want to provide my feedback on Syrinscape - pros and cons. At the moment, I don’t think I’ll continue subscribing, but I may very well purchase some content and continue to use the player.
First, the pros:
- The sound library! It’s enormous! Odds are high that the sound you need has already been recorded
- The Downloaded Player UI - I like the scenes and sounds approach. Makes it so that the UI isn’t distracting while GM’ing. No hunting for the sound if you spend a little prep time before the session.
- The random timing of sounds to avoid the feeling of “track on repeat”
Now, the things driving me away from remaining a subscriber
- No ability to adjust the volume of individual tracks or one-shots. After a couple rounds of back and forth with support, I still can’t hear (like at all) certain one-shot sounds. Don’t wave it off with “random distance” - let me adjust the volume, please.
- No ability to preview sound sets prior to purchase or download. If I’m not subscribing, how can I tell if a sound set is what I need if I can’t listen to it? Yes, some sound sets have you tube videos, but to view those I have to leave the player app, find the sound set I’m interested in on the web store and hope that there’s a you tube clip. Why not show me all the names that are in the sound set prior to me downloading, then allow me to play 10 second clips of each one without purchasing or downloading?
- The search function on the player UI is quite poor - especially compared to the online search function, and combined with the lack of preview capabilities makes it practically useless.
- The ability to make my own sound sets or adjust volume is hidden behind the most expensive subscription tier.
- The price - I pay less for my VTT every month than what Syrinscape costs at the tier which allows me to adjust the volume.
- The hoops required to broadcast to Discord. The online player doesn’t interest me - the UI lacks the polish of the download client. I’ve set up a discord bot now, but it would be nice if that were supported out of the box. Syrinscape doesn’t need to re-invent the online sound wheel. Use what the players are already using. Support the most popular voice chat platforms and focus on what you are good at - making great sounds!
In summary, I’m probably looking at finding the sound sets that work for me, buying them, then just sticking with the downloaded player. The benefit of having such a huge library of sounds is defeated by the poor search functionality and lack of preview.
If Syrinscape had a $5/month tier which also let me adjust the volume and collect existing sounds into my own sound set - that would be excellent value for the money and would get me to recommend it to all my friends.
(note - I don’t play D&D or Pathfinder, so the adventure specific sound sets are neither a pro nor a con. The sounds are good, but the naming based on modules I don’t use makes the sounds even harder for me to find.)