Uploading audio was only limited to administrators.
On September 25, 2013, players could upload MP3 files to be published (after moderation). Before player-uploaded audio was permitted, sounds were only able to be uploaded to the catalog by administrators; most of which was provided by ROBLOX or RobloSam. When it was originally implemented, the system only allowed 15 seconds of audio and cost a player 250 ROBUX per audio asset, allegedly set up to prevent misuse of the feature. However, a loophole was discovered shortly afterwards, in which players could technically upload a full song by speeding it up to the point where the song's duration became 15 seconds, and creators could tweak the pitch to be lowered at a specific value (which was usually predetermined by the uploader in the description), for the full song to play normally.
On January 15, 2014, ROBLOX increased the sound limit to 120 seconds, 8 times the length of the previous limit, and the cost decreased by 60% to 100 ROBUX, allowing longer audio to be uploaded for a lower price. The update proved to be successful, as it reduced the hassle of uploading multiple short samples of a long audio and also reduced the complications that came with the pricing.
On September 26, 2016, the sound limit was increased to 6 minutes, while the cost would be changed to a dynamic pricing system.
|0–10 seconds||20 ROBUX|
|10–30 seconds||35 ROBUX|
|30 seconds–2 minutes||70 ROBUX|
|2–7 minutes||350 ROBUX|
On October 6, 2016, the dynamic pricing system and the 6-minute audio limit would be temporarily retired while some issues would be fixed. About a week later, 6-minute audio returned. It is unknown why it was temporarily retired.
As of December 1, 2016, the audio limit has been increased to 7 minutes.
Sound IDEach Audio, like other objects, has a unique ID found in the URL of their audio page. Unlike other objects, audio IDs do not need to be subtracted and are given directly. Audio IDs are used when creating Sound objects.
More information can be found in this tutorial.
- There is a bug where some audio files stop playing after a couple seconds. This bug only occurs on the website.
- Some users have gotten banned by the moderation system for uploading audio that was considered too loud.
- Sometime in 2014, an unknown user found a bug where you could upload audios via making a plugin, which started to make a lot of bypassed audios. This eventually was fixed but not for long, as of mid 2016 people have been making audios but this time instead of plugins, they used RenderMeshes to bypass the moderation system, this ultimately created a lot of bypassing loop-holes for at least 10 months until on April 26th, 2017, all audios that were RenderMeshes simply did not work in the Sound instance and what was followed by tougher moderation regarding the assets.
- Shortly after April's incident, people have started to find out more ways to bypass audios so that inappropriate content can be allowed on Roblox, although people have been slowing/speeding up audios so that they can change the pitch in-game so it creates an inappropriate sound, people needed a more reliable source, so in May of 2017, people started uploading normal audios with a selection of audio which was silent then inappropriate material would play to trick the Moderators into approving the audio, people have still been uploading raw audios of inappropriate content and again it has worked. It is unknown whether or not this has been patched, however, nowadays it's rarer for one of these audios to go through making "Bypassed Audios" pre-officially dead.