You'll get a lot of freedom when designing your island in Animal Crossing New Horizons. You can switch up the layout, and even give your island a personalized tune that will play when others are visiting. You'll be given a default island tune at the start of the game but you can actually change it to whatever you want later on. We'll detail how to change your island tune in this guide, and give you some tips on creating a new tune.
On this page:
- How to Change Your Town Tune in Animal Crossing New Horizons
- Designing Your Own Tune
- What Does the Question Mark Mean?
- What Does the Dash Block Do?
How to Change Your Town Tune in Animal Crossing New Horizons
To change your island tune in Animal Crossing New Horizons you'll need to speak to Isabelle at Resident Services. For a look at getting her to come to your island head here. Sit down at Isabelle's desk and speak to her. Select the option to speak about the island and then select 'change island tune'. You'll be taken to a menu of sorts where you can change each note in the sequence to whatever you want.
Designing Your Own Tune
To change your island tune, you need to scroll along to each note and use the up and down analog inputs to change them. Press Y to play the tune as a whole and test it out. We recommend tweaking one note at a time, and working from there. If it's a specific tune you're going for, look up the notes for the music you're trying to copy. You'll be able to copy it using the in-game synthesizer pictured below. Note that the '?' block will add a random sound into your tune.
What Does the Question Mark Mean?
The question mark block will play a random sound/noise when it's played. These can be added to your song to add a bit of character. Try them out by seeting them and pressing Y to play the song.
What Does the Dash Block Do?
While using the tune maker, dash blocks can be used to lengthen the note before it. If there's a note you'd like to ring out for the duration of two notes, place a dash after it. More dash blocks mean longer notes, which some songs will require.
Now that you know how to change your island tune in Animal Crossing New Horizons be sure to check out other content we have on the game. First up, read Caty's review. If you're still wanting more, then read Mat's writeup of the expanded options being offered at The Able Sisters' shop.