In this user guide, we'll explore several ways to add audio to Storyline 360 courses.

Choosing Default Playback and Recording Devices

Before you import or record narration, you’ll want to choose your default playback and recording devices.

  1. Go to the Insert tab on the Storyline ribbon, click the Audio drop-down arrow, and choose Options.
  2. Select a speaker for your default playback device.
  3. Select a microphone for your default recording device and set your recording volume.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.

Importing Audio Files

  1. First, do either of the following:
    • In Slide View, go to the Insert tab on the ribbon, click the Audio drop-down arrow, and select Audio from File.
    • In Form View, go to the Question tab on the ribbon, click the Audio drop-down arrow, and select Audio from File.
  2. Browse to the audio file you want to insert and click Open. Storyline supports these file formats:
    • AAC
    • AIF
    • AIFF
    • M4A
    • MP3
    • OGG
    • WAV
    • WMA

Recording Narration

  1. First, do either of the following:
    • In Slide View, go to the Insert tab on the ribbon, click the Audio drop-down arrow, and select Record Mic.
    • In Form View, go to the Question tab on the ribbon, click the Audio drop-down arrow, and select Record Mic.
  2. The Record Microphone window opens. If you have a script you want to use, click the Narration Script button, which reveals the text from the Notes panel. (Learn more about adding slide notes.)
  3. When you're ready to begin recording, click the red Record button.
  4. When you've finished recording, click the Stop recording button.
  5. You can preview your recording using the Play/Pause and Rewind buttons.
  6. If you need to record your narration again, just click the Record button to start over. 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 audio instead, click the Import audio file button. Browse to the audio file you want to insert and click Open.
  8. If you want to edit the audio you just recorded, click the Edit audio button to launch the built-in audio editor. To learn more about editing audio, see this user guide.
  9. Click the Save button to add the newly recorded audio to your project. (Also, be sure to save your overall project file to retain the changes you just made.)

Converting Text to Speech

Speed up course development by converting text to speech right in Storyline 360. For example, use the text-to-speech feature to quickly narrate a course for stakeholder review or to localize narration in different languages. You can even choose the voice and language to make sure every word sounds right.

  1. In Slide View, go to the Insert tab on the Storyline ribbon, click the Audio drop-down arrow, and choose Text-to-Speech.
  2. When the Insert Text-to-Speech window appears, select a Language from the first drop-down list. This ensures that your words are spoken with the correct pronunciations.
  3. Then choose a Voice from the second drop-down list. You can hear what a voice sounds like by clicking the Preview Voice button next to the list.
  4. Type or paste your script into the text-entry field. Or, if you want to use your slide notes as your script, just click the Copy from Slide Notes button.

    Tip: You can convert up to 10,000 characters at a time. If your script is longer than that, break it into smaller chunks and generate more than one text-to-speech audio clip. Then place the audio clips back to back on the timeline so they play in sequential order.
  5. If you’d like to add closed captions to your text-to-speech narration, mark the Generate Closed Captions box in the upper right corner. Learn more about text-to-speech closed captions.
  6. Click Insert to complete the process.

Storyline will convert your text to narration, and it’ll appear as an audio clip on the slide’s timeline. The conversion process is fast, but lengthy scripts will take longer to convert.

Learn more about working with text-to-speech narration.

Importing Slides from Other Content Sources

When you import slides into Storyline from Microsoft PowerPoint, Articulate Quizmaker, or other Storyline projects, audio resources from the external content are also imported and available for editing.

You can also import Articulate Engage interactions, but their audio resources can't be edited in Storyline.

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