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Add-on: Render Music


Liven up the wait during rendering with this add-on by Jason van Gumster!

Jason van Gumster writes:

While rendering, "elevator" music automatically plays. When the render job is complete, a bell rings. You can optionally enable and disable the music and bell from the Render panel of Render Properties.

From the Files section of User Preferences, you can specify different sounds for the render music and end tone. Any sound file that Blender recognizes (WAV, MP3, OGG, AIFF, etc.) is supported.


About the Author

Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. When I saw this I thought "useless, but interesting." Then I remembered the date. Of course, the fact that there's actually a download link (which I haven't tested, as I'm waiting to repair my primary computer to get back into Blender) on the addons page, combined with the fact that POV-Ray actually does play render complete sounds (along with error sounds) has me wondering again.

    Maybe this year's April Fool's Day joke is that there is no joke so we end up assuming nothing posted today is legitimate.

  2. The files are actually there! The py file and the music... Did Bart write a python script specifically for April Fool's Day? :)

  3. this was posted on Blenderartists a while ago. Having an audio message to know when those 1-30m "ok, what do I do now?"  renders are done is a GREAT idea! I can't imagine many practical situations where I'd find the elevator music useful, but it's a funny way to present the addon.

  4. yes, it's the april 1st, but this isn't just a joke but actually a working program.
    i didn't know about about the render app handles, those are actually quite nice.. thanks for the tip!
    i removed the music, and put a kdialog notification call instead when rendering is done..


  5. Shrugs.

    Still a good idea and one that I felt was necessary when I first started using Blender, not the music but some sort of sound that would trigger to signal that rendering has finished.

    The amount of time I've wasted while watching a film because of the typically long render times and have become completely engrossed in what I was watching actually makes this idea quite apt.

    The joke's on you, friend.

  6. You will never find...  As long as you live... Someone who's loving you !... Tender Like I do...

    Low Rawls...

  7. Well, it is not a joke ! It is very useful ! It is a pity that it doesn't work with the official Blender version tested successfully with Rev 45133 but doesn't work with Rev 44136 ) I asked for this feature to Ton himself in a mail I sent him around 2004 few time after discovering Blender ! It was around rev 2.32 or something like that. I often loose time on rendering between the render of long sequences of images just because I am working in an other room and not aware that the job is done ! So, A big tank you ! i just hope that this scripts will still work with further official versions. Obviously, I will only use the End signal, with my own mp3 file... maybe a nice message of a female voice !o)

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