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How to Make a Sound on TikTok (A Step-by-Step Guide)

Sounds are a hugely popular and fun way to enhance TikTok videos. Whether you use a trending sound or create your own original tune, audio can take your content to the next level.

In this comprehensive guide, you‘ll learn everything you need to know about adding and editing sounds on TikTok.

Finding and Using Existing TikTok Sounds

Using a popular sound is an easy way to give your TikTok more exposure. The first step is browsing through the huge library of sounds available in the TikTok app.

How to Search for Sounds

When you open the camera to create a new TikTok, tap the "Sounds" icon at the top of the screen. This will bring up the sound menu.

TikTok Sounds Menu

You can browse sounds in different categories like Trending, For You, and Saved. There is also a search bar to look for specific viral sounds by name.

Tap on a sound to preview it. If you want to use it, tap the checkmark to add it to your video.

Adding a Sound to Your Video

Once you‘ve found a sound you like, tap the checkmark to add it to your video. This will bring you back to the recording screen with the sound loaded and ready to go.

Adding Sound to Video

Record your video as normal with the sound playing in the background. Get creative and make sure your video complements the vibe of the sound you chose!

Adjusting the Sound

After recording your video, you can adjust exactly when the sound starts and ends. Tap "Edit" and drag the white lines on either end of the audio wave to set the start and end points.

Trimming Sound

You can also tap the volume button to increase or decrease the volume of the sound relative to your video‘s native audio.

Saving Your Video

When you‘re happy with how the sound aligns with your video, tap the checkmark in the top right to save your edits.

Add any final touches like text overlays and effects. Tap "Next" to post your new sound-enhanced TikTok masterpiece!

Creating Your Own Custom Sound

Using popular sounds is great, but creating your own truly unique audio for TikTok is even more rewarding.

Recording Original Audio

Tap the "+" icon to start recording a new TikTok. As you record, make sure to include some original audio like singing, commentary, or background music.

When you finish recording, tap the checkmark to move onto the editing screen.

Record Original Audio

Editing Your Custom Sound

TikTok has built-in editing tools that let you tweak your custom audio to get it sounding just right.

Tap the music note icon to open up advanced audio editing features. Here you can add audio effects like reverb or a slow/fast filter. There are also presets to alter the tone of your voice.

Audio Editing

Trim the start and end points of your sound clip so that only the best moments are included. Listen back after making edits to ensure the sound is seamless.

Naming and Saving Your Sound

After editing your custom audio, tap "Save" then "Next" to publish your video. Once posted, your unique sound will be available for you and others to use!

To name your sound for easier finding later, go back and open your newly published video. Tap the spinning record. Give your sound a simple descriptive name like "Jessie‘s intro tune" and hit save.

Name Sound

Now when people search for that name or stumble upon your video organically, they‘ll be able to use your awesome custom sound too!

Extra Tips for Sound Mastery

Take your TikTok sound skills to the next level with these pro tips:

  • Make sounds private: When first creating a sound, set your video to "Only Me" so you can test it out before deciding to share publicly.

  • Reuse sounds: Save your custom sounds to easily reuse them across multiple videos.

  • Improve audio quality: For clearer audio, use an external mic or find a quiet area to record.

  • Remix sounds: Get creative by layering sounds and song clips to make unique remixes!

  • Credit properly: If sampling someone else‘s work, credit them to avoid copyright issues.

The more you experiment with sounds, the better your videos will become!

Adding audio is an impactful way to grab attention and set the tone for your TikTok videos. While trending sounds can give your content a boost, creating your own library of custom sounds is incredibly rewarding.

Hopefully this guide gave you ideas for finding new sounds as well as the tools to start producing your own audio. The possibilities are endless when you utilize all of TikTok‘s built-in sound editing features.

So what are you waiting for? Go grab your phone and start enhancing your next TikTok with some fresh new sounds!