Discord is the latest company to introduce a clubhouse-like feature that lets people easily broadcast live audio calls to a room with virtual listeners. Discord says that it takes, called Stage Channels, is now available on all platforms where Discord is available, including Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android and the web.
If you’ve used Discord before, you may know that the app already offers voice channels, which usually let everyone in them speak freely. A stage channel, on the other hand, is designed to allow only certain people to talk to a group of listeners at a time, which can make them useful for more structured events such as town halls or AMAs. However, only shared servers, which have some more powerful community management tools than a server you can share with any of your friends, can create the new stage channels.
The wide availability of the feature makes Discord the first app to offer an easy way to host or listen to social audio on most platforms. The clubhouse is still only available on iOS, although an Android version is under development. Twitter̵
At the top of this post you can see what a Discord Stage Channel looks like on your desktop, and here’s what it looks like on your mobile:
I had to participate in a stage channel to be informed about the function, and it was quite similar to using clubhouses or Twitter Spaces. When I joined the stage channel, I was automatically silenced and listed as an audience. I could see who was talking and who else was with me in the virtual crowd.
When I wanted to ask questions, I pressed a button to ask to speak, and a stage moderator brought me “on stage” so I could speak. Stage moderators can also mute speakers or even remove them from the room if they interfere.