IRC Information.....

Introduction to Sounds - mIRC Specific
PIRCH users -- please visit our PIRCH Sounds Tutorial (coming soon)

<bgsound src="../midis/nice.mid" loop="infinite"> If you have a sound card and speakers hooked up to your computer, you should be hearing a sound file being played. The box to the right will let you turn OFF the sound, or play it again. If it doesn't work, don't worry -- it's probably just a browser glitch (and surely not a coding error ;)

The tune playing is called a MIDI, or Musical Instrument Digital Interface. These are small, load fast, and don't require much space on a person's harddrive.

You too, can play sounds on IRC, providing you have a sound card and speakers. The newer mIRCS are automatically setup to download any tunes into a folder called Sounds, and generally speaking, your mIRC should be configured to receive and play sound files. If not, come into #Beginner, and we will help you fix things up.

Here is some basic information about playing and getting wavs to play on IRC.

  • To play a sound you already have in your c:\mirc\sounds\ directory, then type this: /sound filename.wav

  • For instance, if you want to play the wave file called kewl.wav, type: /sound kewl.wav. You, and everyone else who also has that sound file, will hear it when you play it.

  • This works for midi files as well, and you would type this: /sound midiname.mid.

  • The tune you played earlier is called nice.mid, so to play this on IRC, type: /sound nice.mid.

One important thing to remember -- when you play a sound file, the only people that will hear it are those that also have the same sound file in their computer. People without the sound file will see an error message similar to this:

* Sound request: can't find 'wavename.wav'

Easy, right? Sure it is.... :) Now this is only half the fun. The other half is snagging files you don't have, from your friends. Please -- don't downlod files from people you don't know, bad things can be attached, and better safe than sorry.

To download a file from a friend while on IRC, type this: !nickname wavename.wav.
For example, if I played the tune called ouch.wav, and you saw this:

* Sound request: can't find 'ouch.wav'

this means that your computer does not have that sound file in your C:\mirc\sounds\ directory, so it can't play it. However, you can grab that file for yourself from the person that played it. The command you would type right in your channel window editbox is this:

!bossmom ouch.wav

You will then see a little window at the bottom (or top) of your mIRC as the file transfers, then when it is completed you can type this:

/sound ouch.wav

Easy! The worst problem you will have is running out of harddrive space to hold all your new wavs, but hey....what a great excuse to upgrade your computer with a 2nd harddrive (or 3rd :).

IRC and Sounds go hand-in-hand together. Most of us all have gathered tunes over the years, and use them to express joy, excitement, discouragement, etc. Sounds can come in all sizes, and do many things. I've collected animal sounds, car sounds, grunts, screeches, zings..... I think you get the idea. Many people also collect short samples of songs they like, or may record entire songs. The sound quality for a .wav won't be the same as on a CD or cassette, but for the purposes of IRC and our listening pleasure, it's still enjoyable and a lot of fun.

To get you started, listed below you will find several of the more commonly used wavs and midis that we hear and play in #Beginner. Use your right-click mouse button to 'save as', and be sure to save these to your c:\mirc\sounds\ directory. That way, you will be able to play them in #Beginner, AND, you will be able to hear them when others play them. Enjoy!

Beep Beep
James Brown
Air I Breathe
Nice Tune
Stairway to Heaven
Takin Care of Business
Loony Toons

For those with a desire to add a few more midis to your collection, please visit our webpage offering a selection of additional Midis.