Audio Editing

Written by Gabe Anderson — Posted in Articulate Presenter

This article applies to Articulate Presenter 4. See what’s new in Articulate Presenter 5!

AudacityWebLogo100.jpg Articulate Presenter includes a built-in feature to record your own narration (Articulate -> Record Narration). This is our recommended approach for most users, which will result in high-quality audio that’s optimized for speech.

Articulate Presenter also has the ability to import existing .WAV and .MP3 files, though we suggest the former for best results. If you’re importing .MP3 files, don’t forget to keep these guidelines in mind, since Flash has certain limitations about settings. Also, not all .MP3 files are created equally, so in rare cases, even though you may be using one of the Flash-supported settings, you may still experience difficulty with your .MP3s.

soundforge.jpg Enter third-party editing software, which comes in handy not only for decoding your .MP3 files to .WAV, but also for creating more advanced audio files that you can import via Articulate Presenter into your e-learning course or presentation. Perhaps you want to clean up your speech track or mix some background music in with your speech (one track per slide). Or perhaps you just want to adjust the levels of audio you or your contractor have recorded.

For basic/beginner audio editing, we recommend Audacity, which is a free editor.

For more advanced/professional-level audio editing, we recommend SoundForge.

Whatever tool you choose, you’ll have the best results by exporting a .WAV file then importing via Articulate Presenter to the corresponding slide.

23 responses to “Audio Editing”


I would also recommend Goldwave for audio editing.

Is there any way of changing audio levels when you publish in presenter? I have some videos and audio in there, but the volume level varies.

Tracy // Posted at 4:39 am on August 3rd, 2007

Hi Tracy- Have you tried enabling the option “Optimize audio volume” in Articulate -> Library and Options -> Other? Also, if your video and imported/recorded audio are coming from two sources, that may be a challenge. There’s been lots of discussion about audio issues in our forums, so you might want to check there, too.

gabe // Posted at 3:30 pm on August 7th, 2007

I’m trying out the newest version of Articulate Pro and I can’t seem to get a seamless presentation no matter what I do to edit the wave file so that the voice and background music transition smoothly from slide to slide. The audio was recorded in a professional sound studio and optimized using Sound Forge Pro. The wave file was sliced into 21 slide segments and transfered using the Articulate Import Audio feature. After publishing and playing back the presentation, the audio gaps between slides. I try and take the gaps out using the Articulate Timline Audio Editor and they just keep coming back. Any suggestions?

Phil // Posted at 4:01 pm on October 2nd, 2007

Phil- Are you using the background audio feature for your background music? That should provide a seamless transition between slides.

gabe // Posted at 9:57 am on October 8th, 2007

I need to have audio for my elearning or my portfolio in my HR access for work

KYLE G MATHESON // Posted at 3:58 am on January 18th, 2008

Hi Kyle- I’m not sure what you’re asking, but are you recording audio via Articulate -> Record Narration? If you’re just trying to add audio, that’s one method — or you could import audio into your elearning course.

You might want to start with the Articulate Presenter 5 Help Documentation.

gabe // Posted at 10:57 am on January 18th, 2008

I had professional voiceover done for an e-learning programme using articulate engage, it is in.WAV format. When I tried to import I got an error message which said the following

ACM Driver error

What can I do about this?

James Ahearne // Posted at 5:07 pm on February 7th, 2008

I imported background music for the first slide of a presentation. I had to re-record the narration first for that slide because I had accidently erased it when attempting to import music (part of the learning curve). Now, when I play the presentation, the first slide sounds good with narration and background music but the volume of the narration on the remaining slides is lower. Is there any way to fix that (i.e., raise the volume) without re-recording the entire presentation?

bert // Posted at 3:12 pm on May 28th, 2008

Background Music Question

I would like background music to run throughout the entire presentation. I’ve selected it for all slides. However, the volume is too high and it stops, or hiccups, when a flash is being loaded to play.

How do I turn the volumn down (independent of the ‘voice – relative’ adjustment) and is there a way to have ‘global’ background music that does not get affected by flash files loading?

Thank you!

Annette // Posted at 10:53 am on December 1st, 2008

Hi. I am using Articulate Presenter 4.109 (have been for about 5 years) and have never had this happen before: I am trying to import pre-recorded audio files (wav) to each slide before I publish and I am getting a Visual Basic “Compile error in hidden module: frmImportAudio” error. What can I do?

Julie Brown // Posted at 11:33 am on April 27th, 2009

Hi, Julie. I would suggest you submit a case regarding this issue.

Justin Wilcox // Posted at 2:34 pm on April 27th, 2009

Here’s the link:

Justin Wilcox // Posted at 2:35 pm on April 27th, 2009

Similar to Julie’s post above.. We went to make a new module and cannot import the audio wavs

Julies’ post
Hi. I am using Articulate Presenter 4.109 (have been for about 5 years) and have never had this happen before: I am trying to import pre-recorded audio files (wav) to each slide before I publish and I am getting a Visual Basic “Compile error in hidden module: frmImportAudio” error. What can I do?

Dr. C.D. Mazoff // Posted at 2:34 pm on May 13th, 2009

Workaround found for “Compile error in hidden module: frmImportAudio” error”

Insert your wav files manually in powerpoint, set the file to play automatically and then move the icon off to the side of the slide…this was it won’t show (there is no command to hide the icon)..

Dr. C.D. Mazoff // Posted at 5:00 pm on May 13th, 2009

Thanks for sharing your work-around, Dr. CD!

gabe // Posted at 2:47 pm on May 14th, 2009

I have been using Adobe Soundbooth and the latest rev of Audacity to copy clips of existing sound files, but each time I copy/paste the trailing end of the new sound segment has a “click”. Since this is happening in 2 apps, is there the possibility it is due to a sound card problem? If so, any suggestions?

John Darby // Posted at 8:19 pm on December 14th, 2010

Hi John,

I’m not exactly sure what would be causing the click sound. However, you might want to take a look at this article:

If you continue to have problems, you might look into running Windows Update to see if there are any updates specific to your machine.

Another cause of the “click” sound might be the device that you’re recording with. Often times, microphones will “click” when you turn them off or mute them. So, you might want to also look at your recording process.

I hope that helps. If you still have issues, you should post your question on an Audacity or Soundbooth forum.

Brian Batt // Posted at 11:21 am on December 15th, 2010

Thanks Brian…I am reinstalling the OS on my main home system and hope to see some perf improvement as well!

John Darby // Posted at 5:51 pm on December 15th, 2010


I am looking for someone to help edit an audio file I have. Have tried a few downloads, but too much background noise that I can’t eliminate — is this possible? Have not been able to eliminate background noise and would appreciate it if there is someone out there who can be of assistance.

Thank you, M Payne

Marie Payne // Posted at 2:32 pm on August 17th, 2011

Hi Marie- you might consider posting your request in our community forums – someone there may be willing to lend a hand.

gabe // Posted at 5:15 pm on August 17th, 2011

Hi, I have an issue that I can’t figure out. I have imported .wav files into Articulate and out of 40, 3 have dead air at the end of the slide. I have double check the .wav file and there is no extra silence at the end of the file. What is confusing is this is only happening on 3 slides. Any ideas?

Valerie Opsal // Posted at 1:11 pm on December 20th, 2011

Hi Valerie,

I apologize for the issues that you’re having. Can you check your WAV files and verify that they meet our recommended settings?

If you still have issues, have you tried opening up the audio in the Articulate Audio Editor ( and removing the extra silence there?

If you continue to have issues, please submit a support case to us by using the link below:

Brian Batt // Posted at 8:54 am on December 21st, 2011

I am editing an elearning module. I removed the audio, and imported my own .wav file, however, when i preview, I get two voices…the old and my new. I deleted the audio from the old elearning before I loaded my .wav….what went wrong?

Lisa Smith // Posted at 11:16 am on March 7th, 2012

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