Audio over multiple slides in Storyline

I know that in Articulate Storyline you have to break up your audio by slide. I have some music I'd like to play over multiple slides. When I break up the music by slide though there seems to be a half second delay between slides which makes the music sound choppy, Is there any fix for this? I welcome any and all ideas

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Alyssa Gomez

Hi Cristina! Welcome to the community. 😊 While there still isn't a way to add audio over multiple slides, we do realize it's a popular request! If we add this feature to Storyline in the future, we'll be sure to share the news here. 

You can keep up with all the new and exciting things we're adding to Storyline on our What's New page! 

Rich Talian

I tried Matt's solution and the audio plays over the whole story beautiful.

I have tried many things, but no matter what, my first page is black with a play button in the middle. I tried using states and layers with a picture, but the black screen is always first.  Is there anyway to change this when you want the embedded video to occupy the entire stage.  I am new to this, so I may be missing something simple. Attached is picture of the screen.

Rich T

Alyssa Gomez

Thanks for checking in, Elizabeth!  While there isn't a feature for adding audio over multiple slides, we do realize it's a popular request! If we add this feature to Storyline in the future, we'll be sure to share the news with you. 

You can keep up with all the new and exciting things we're adding to Storyline on our What's New page! 

William Huang

Hi Alyssa Gomez,  I spent the last couple of days + overtime working on this problem.  The issue is that most of the javascripts/html solutions suggested here works beautifully on the PC and Android but not on the iPhone.  According to the iOS allows only a single audio at a time.   And the volume cannot be controled from Javascript.  In my testing I can get Javascript initiated from a lightbox but not inside an active slide with other audio activities :(.   This seems like a problem with Apple ... not something that Articulate can fix easily.  At any rate ... I got the best result by (1) using short looping audio in all slides (2) Using sox (Ubuntu) to normalize all *.wav and *.mp3 audios and ffmpeg (+sox)  to normalize all audios in mp4 files.  (3) Then use so to to generate a normalized - 18dB versions for the background sound.   

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Nicole and welcome to E-Learning Heroes :)

This is not a feature that has been released.

We've worked to prioritize some of the most popular feature requests. This is on our list based on user feedback here in the forums and feature request submissions, but I do not have any insight into any implementation.

This conversation is attached and you should now be subscribed, so we will share any updates here.

Andrew Hoskins

So this request/thread is over 5 years old now.  Any chance we can expect it to be resolved before another 5 years has passed? :-)  

I did see the one solution posted a while back that can put music across the entire project.  I would like to run some background music that continues across only 3 slides, so that solution unfortunately will not help me.  The slides are quiz questions and I would like 'quiz music' to play while on those slides.  The slides only progress forward based on user actions so I can't just split up the music.  It appears that my only choice at this time is to place the same music file on each slide - thus starting it over each time the user moves to the next slide.  

While this isn't the end of the world for my current needs, I can foresee the need to have a continuous music track (not necessarily for the entire course) on future slides.  

So... what's the status on this one?



Jeff Brown

I agree!

Voice-over sounds so much better with background music. Plus the choice of the music can really help set the tone for the content. (I.e. 'bright' for a 101 course or onboarding. 'Ominous' to start a hazard review.) I often have 3 or 4 slides in the beginning that I would like to have music running across. The only think I can do so far - is play those like a video, capture with Camtasia, add the music, and then put it all on one slide. Not optimum.



Leslie McKerchie

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for letting us know that you're anticipating this feature.

I'm not sure which solution you took a look at, but it sounds like the use of different slide masters may work for the set-up you would like to see.

As I mentioned above, this feature was prioritized internally based on user feedback. I do not have a roadmap, but we will notify you here when we have information to share.

Hi Jeff, 

I appreciate you letting us know your thoughts and how you would use this feature as well. Thanks for sharing your idea too.

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Leslie McKerchie

Hi Darren,

Thank you for chiming in to share that this is a feature you would like to see as well.

We currently have a general guideline and the details about how we manage these feature requests may be helpful to take a peek at.

In addition, this site has been recently implemented to share what we're currently committed to working on: Articulate 360 Feature Roadmap

You can see all of the new features and fixes historically in our Storyline 360 Version History and we are working to make this entire process more seamless and transparent.