Using the Audio Editor

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Presenter ’09 has a built-in audio editor. Use the Articulate Audio Editor to edit audio that you’ve recorded or imported into your presentation or e-learning course, record or import new audio into your slides, and set next slide and animation locations relative to the waveform.

To use the Articulate Audio Editor:

  1. Optionally, record narration or import audio into your presentation using the Record Narration or Import Audio features (or, use the Articulate Audio Editor to record or import audio).
  2. Select Articulate –> Audio Editor to launch the Articulate Audio Editor:
  3. The toolbar shows you available commands to edit your audio. The left-hand pane shows a thumbnail of each slide from your PowerPoint file. The main area of the audio editor displays the waveform of the audio for the selected slide, all slides, or selected area.
  4. Use the audio editor to perform the following actions:
    • Save & Close
      • Save & Close will save your audio and close the Articulate Audio Editor, bringing you back to your presentation.
    • Clipboard
      • Cut: Click and drag with your mouse on a selection of the waveform, then click Cut in order to cut the selection from the waveform and put it on the clipboard. Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+X.
      • Copy: Click and drag with your mouse on a selection of the waveform, then click Copy in order to copy the selection to the clipboard. Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+C.
      • Paste: Click in the waveform on the desired location and click Paste where you want the contents of the clipboard to be pasted. Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+V.
    • Edit
      • Import: Select this option from the toolbar or from the Articulate menu to import existing audio file(s) into the waveform. After clicking the button, choose from the following options (on the toolbar button, click the arrow beneath the word Import if you want to display both options; clicking the icon above the word Import defaults to single file import):
        • Import a single file: Select this option to import a single file in the following way:
        1. Navigate to the .WAV or .MP3 file you wish to import.
        2. Double-click it or highlight it and click Open to import the audio.
        3. Specify whether to import the audio in the Current position, at the Beginning of slide, or at the End of slide.
        4. Click OK to confirm your import or Cancel to cancel the import without importing audio.
      • Import multiple files: Select this option to import more than one audio file simultaneously. When the Import Audio window opens, do the following:
        1. Click the slide where your import should begin.
        2. Click the Browse button.
        3. Navigate to and select one or more .WAV or .MP3 files you wish to import (Ctrl-click or Shift-click to select more than one audio file).
        4. Click Open.
        5. If you selected more than one file, Confirm narration import order using the Up, Down, Top, Bottom, Reverse, and Remove buttons.
        6. Click OK to confirm your import or Cancel to cancel the import without importing audio.
    • Export: Select this option from the Articulate menu to export audio for each slide into a .WAV or .MP3 file. After clicking Export, choose to export the audio to .WAV or .MP3 file(s), then specify the folder to which you would like to export the audio tracks. You can Make New Folder or specify an existing folder. Click OK to export all audio tracks, or Cancel to cancel the export process.
    • Delete: Select a slide or click and drag your mouse to select a specific section of your waveform, then click the Delete button to delete the slide or selection. You will not be prompted to confirm your deletion. Keyboard shortcut: Delete.
  5. Timing
    • Set Next Slide: Slide locations relative to your waveform are indicated on the audio timeline. If there are additional slides after your current position on the waveform, you will have the option to Set Next Slide. Click the Set Next Slide button or right-click on your waveform in the desired location to set the position where the next slide should be relative to your audio.
    • Set Next Animation: Animations in your slides are represented in the Articulate Audio Editor by a circular indicator at the top of the waveform, which is connected to a dashed line. Drag and drop existing animation markers to change the location, or, if animations remain on the current slide after your current position on the waveform, you will have the option to Set Next Animation. Click the Set Next Animation button or right-click on your waveform in the desired location to set the position where the next animation should be relative to your audio.
  6. Volume
    • Silence: Click the Silence button or right-click in the desired location in your waveform and select Insert Silence to launch the Insert Silence dialog. Specify the Duration of silence to insert by inputting the numeric value of the desired silence in seconds, up to the 1,000th decimal (for example, 5.584s), or by using the up and down arrows to specify the value. Click OK to insert the specified duration of silence into the current location, or Cancel to exit without inserting silence. You can also click and drag to select an area of your waveform, then right-click to Silence Selection. Note that this will add silence to that part of the timeline but will not change the total audio duration.
    • Volume: Specify a section of your waveform (or all of it), then click the Volume button to open the Change Volume dialog, where you can use the slider to Increase or decrease volume by X%. Click and drag the slider to specify the desired volume change (on a scale of -100% to 100%), then click OK to apply the volume change or Cancel to exit without changing the volume.
  7. View
    • Show All: Click the Show All button to show the entire waveform for all audio across all slides in your presentation.
    • Zoom Selection: Click and drag your mouse on a specific selection of your waveform, then click the Zoom Selection button to zoom in on the selection. You can also jump to a specific slide by clicking on the desired slide’s thumbnail and title in the left-hand navigation.
  8. Options (Not available on Windows Vista or later)
    • Sound Playback: Select the default device from the dropdown menu for sound playback.
    • Sound Recording: Select the default device for sound recording. Select the recording line volume you would like to adjust (default is Mic Volume). Adjust the volume slider left (minimum) or right (maximum) to set the volume level for recording.
  9. Click the Save & Close button to save your changes and exit the audio editor, or click the red X in the upper right-hand corner (or under the Articulate Button) to close and be given the option to save your changes. Click Yes to save and exit, No to discard your changes, or Cancel to take no action and return to the audio editor.