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How can I add an audio file (like a podcast or recording) to a topic or article?

The Audio element allows you to upload any .mp3 up to 100MB in size. It's perfect for podcasts, recorded interviews, key sounds and so on.
Written by David King
Updated 6 months ago

You can add audio to your topics using the Audio element. 

  • The audio element requires a Creator subscription.

The Audio element allows you to upload any .mp3 up to 100MB in size. It's perfect for podcasts, recorded interviews, key sounds (like alarms) and so on. 

  • NOTE: You can also upload .wav files (see note below on Internet Explorer 11) although we strongly encourage using .mp3 files which are significantly smaller in size and more suited to cloud-based learning.

Once you add a new audio element to your topic, there are two options to add your audio, along with the option to add a short caption to accompany your audio.

Option 1 - Upload. If you select Upload, you can upload an audio file of your choice from your computer.

Option 2 - Record. If you select Record, you can use a microphone on your computer to directly record your own voice. Upon selecting Record, you will see 'Record' and 'Stop' button. Just press 'Record' and start speaking - pressing 'Stop' when finished. You can then replay your recording to check the quality. 

NB: Record uses the latest in-browser technology to record and encode your voiceover, without requiring any software downloads. As a result:

  • Record only works with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer 11 will never support this technology and Apply Safari is still implementing support. This means that you can only record your voice in those three browsers. Playback, however, is supported in all browsers.
  • Record uses your computer CPU to encode. If you notice stutters or skipping in your recording then your computer is struggling to maintain a constant encoding process. This may be because your computer is under heavy load (too many tasks running in the background) or your computer is not fast enough. Try closing programs or using a more powerful computer.

You can learn more about the Record option in this dedicated article.

What do explorers see?

Explorers will see your audio element, with any caption, and be able to play the audio as they explore the topic. The length of the audio file will automatically be added to the estimated completion time of your topic.

The audio playback uses the built-in audio player in your browser, so it is lightweight, responsive and fast. 

Important - Internet Explorer 11

Please note that Internet Explorer 11 does not support .wav files. There is no workaround for this lack of support. If your users may be using Internet Explorer 11, then you must use .mp3 files for audio.

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