Tired of quiet periods when no one is around and your Discord channel is quiet as a grave? Want something to fill the silence while you wait for a Valkyries Ride or your team to assemble while your clan is accused of attacking your opponents? For your own benefit, you can play music locally on your computer or add a music bot to Discord so you can enjoy it.
Playing music through a microphone is bad form. No one wants to hear your tin music while holding the space bar, and no one wants to negotiate with your music to communicate with their friends. A music bot is another way.
Bots, good stuff on Discord. Applications that work with the platform to provide features related to music, chat, jokes, quotes, or other lighthearted interactions. They are relatively simple tools built with Java, Python, or C++ and integrated into Discord. The bot can then create a specific mission from playing music, sending hometowns, or even a leaderboard of players in your clan or guild.
Add a music bot on Discord
This guide focuses on adding a music bot to Discord, but the same instructions apply to any bot you might want to add. First, you need to find a bot you want to use. You then add the bot to the Discord server and configure it for use. The whole process takes about 10 minutes depending on your Discord experience.
Finding a Discord bot is the easier part of the process. Sites like the Discord Bot List or Carbonitex are two examples of bot repositories. If you already have a Discord account and your server is not working. Do this later. Sign up on the website, confirm your email, configure your region and server settings, name your server, invite your friends, and then we can continue on the bot.
- Log into your Discord account and check your Public Permissions to Manage Server Permissions. Check the box next to the entry if it doesn’t already exist.
- Select Add or Invite Bot to Server, or whatever it says on the website hosting the music bot you want to use.
- When you go to the authorization screen, select a server.
- Select Authorize and your bot will be added to the server of your choice.
- Log into the server and test the settings to make sure everything is working.
You should now see the bot in the list of names available on the server. Use the command the bot uses to play music for the full test. They all look different so check the documentation for a particular bot.
All this is to add a music bot to Discord. Simply connect your server and the music bot in question, as most of the work is done for you. The rest is taken care of behind the scenes.
Some good music bots for Discord
There are loads of quality music bots for Discord. All created by the community. Some are better than others but all will get the job done. Here are three you might want to try.
Marv is a very neat Discord music bot that can play hosted music from almost any website including YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud, and more. The bot works incredibly well and I’ve used it on several servers I use. The quality is excellent and the playback is of very high quality.
Rhythm is another good music bot for Discord. Reviews development and developers themselves are very mixed but the actual bot is pretty good. The playback is of good quality, stable and reliable, and works well. As a free bot, there’s little to complain about here.
Fredboat is another highly rated music bot that plays quality music on your chat server. It’s reliable, offers the good sound quality, and works well. It’s not quite as easy to use as Marv at the beginning, but once you understand how it works, it’ll get the music rolling into your game with no issues.
On a typical game server, there will be long periods of silence as players prepare for raids or concentrate on missions. Then a music bot comes into its own. It offers a useful alternative to any gamer listening to your own music and keeps your server alive while you do your work.
Got any Discord music bots to suggest? If so, tell us about them!
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