You can edit audio at any time in Storyline using the built-in Audio Editor.  After adding audio to your story, use any of the following methods to launch the Audio Editor:

  • Right-click the speaker icon at the lower left corner of the slide, and select Audio Editor. If your slide contains more than one audio track and you are not sure which one to select, you can double-click each speaker icon to hear a preview of the audio track that it represents.  Then single-click the speaker icon to stop the audio preview.
  • Or, right-click the audio track in the timeline, and select Audio Editor.
  • Or, simply double-click the audio track in the timeline to launch the Audio Editor.

We will explore each of the Audio Editor's features below.

Previewing Audio

You can hear a preview of your audio by using the Play / Pause and Stop buttons in the lower left corner of the Audio Editor.

Or, right-click the audio waveform, and select Play to preview your narration.

To hear just part of the audio, use your mouse to select a portion of the waveform.  Then use the Play / Pause and Stop buttons, or right-click the selection and click Play

Recording Narration

Using the Audio Editor, you can record additional narration for the slide, or you can replace some or all of the audio waveform with a new recording.  Here’s how:

  1. To record additional narration, click on the audio waveform at the point where you want to add audio. The playhead (red, vertical line) will move to the point on the audio waveform where you clicked. Or, if you want to replace some of the audio, use your mouse to select the portion of the audio waveform that you want to replace.  Or, if you want to re-record all of the audio, press CTRL+A to select all of the audio waveform, so that it will be overwritten in the next step.  
  2. Click the Record button in the lower left corner of the Audio Editor
  3. The Record Microphone window will open.  When you are ready to begin recording, click the Record button. 
  4. When you have finished recording, click the Stop Recording button. 
  5. You can review your recording by using the Play / Pause button and the Rewind button. 
  6. If you need to record your narration again, simply click the Record button to start over.  Or, if you want to delete your narration altogether, click the Delete button. 
  7. If you change your mind about recording narration and would prefer to import an audio file instead, click the Import Audio File button.  Navigate to the audio file you want to insert, and click the Open button. 
  8. Click the Save button to save your audio changes.

Importing Audio

You can import additional narration into your waveform, or you can replace some or all of the audio waveform with a new recording. Here’s how:

  1. To import additional narration, click on the audio waveform at the point where you want to add audio. The playhead (red, vertical line) will move to the point on the audio waveform where you clicked. Or, if you want to replace some of the audio with an imported file, use your mouse to select a portion of the audio waveform. Or, if you want to replace all of the audio with an imported file, press CTRL+A to select all of the audio waveform, so that it will be overwritten by the imported audio file.
  2. Click the Import button on the toolbar. 
  3. Browse to the audio file that you want to import.  Select it, and click the Open button.

Exporting Audio

You can use the Audio Editor to export a copy of your audio for backup purposes or for use in another project.  Here’s how:

  1. Click the round Articulate button in the upper left corner of the window, and select the Export option. 
  2. Browse to the location where you want to save the exported audio, and assign a File Name.
  3. Use the Save as Type drop-down list to specify whether you want the exported audio file to be saved as an MP3 file, a WAV file, or Both WAV and MP3.
  4. Click the Save button to complete the export process.

Cutting, Copying, and Pasting Audio

To cut or copy:

  1. Use your mouse to select a portion of the audio waveform. 
  2. Then do any of the following:
    • Click either Cut or Copy on the toolbar. 
    • Or, right-click the selection, and choose Cut or Copy.
    • Or, press CTRL+X to cut or CTRL+C to copy.

To paste:

  1. Click on the audio waveform at the point where you want to insert audio.  The playhead (red, vertical line) will move to the point on the audio waveform where you clicked. 
  2. Then do any of the following:
    • Click the Paste button on the toolbar. 
    • Or, right-click and select Paste.
    • Or, press CTRL+V to paste.

Deleting and Cropping Audio

Use your mouse to select a portion of the audio waveform that you want to either delete or crop. 

To remove this portion of the audio waveform, click the Delete button on the toolbar.  To keep the selected portion of the audio waveform and remove everything else, click the Crop button.

You can also right-click the selection, and use the Delete and Crop options.

Adding Silence

You can insert silence into your audio waveform to improve phrasing.  Here’s how:

  1. Click on the audio waveform at the point where you want to insert silence. The playhead (red, vertical line) will move to the point on the audio waveform where you clicked.
  2. Click the Silence button on the toolbar.  Or, right-click and select Insert Silence.
  3. When the Insert Silence window appears, enter the number of seconds of silence you would like to add, or use the arrows to increase or decrease the value. 
  4. Click the OK button.

If you would like to replace part of your audio waveform with silence, do the following:

  1. Use your mouse to select the portion of the audio waveform that you want to replace with silence.
  2. Then click the Silence button, or right-click and select Silence Selection.  Unlike when you are adding silence (see above), you will not be asked to specify the number of seconds you wish to add.  Instead, silence will simply replace the portion of the audio waveform that you selected.

Changing the Volume

You can change the volume of your audio waveform by clicking the Volume button on the toolbar and using the slider to reduce or increase the volume.

If you only need to change the volume for part of the audio waveform, use your mouse to select that portion of the waveform.  Then click the Volume button on the toolbar and use the slider to reduce or increase the volume.

Zooming for Precise Editing

The Audio Editor provides you with the following options for zooming to achieve more precise editing. 

  • The easiest way is to simply scroll your mouse wheel to zoom in and out.
  • Another option is to use the Zoom slider in the lower right corner of the window.  Drag the slider to the right to zoom in.  Drag the slider to the  left to zoom out. You can click the Show All button to return to the entire audio waveform.
  • Or, you can use your mouse to select just a portion of the audio waveform. Then click the Zoom Selection button on the toolbar to fill the Audio Editor with only the selected portion of the waveform. Click the Show All button to return to the entire audio waveform.

Correcting Mistakes and Saving Changes

If you make a mistake or change your mind, you can use the Undo and Redo buttons in the upper left corner to correct it.

When you have finished editing your audio, click the Save & Close button on the toolbar.

Also, note that you can close the Audio Editor without saving your changes if you wish.  To do so, just click the X in the upper right corner.

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