In Storyline, multiple sound clips can be placed onto one slide. This simple, yet powerful, ability allows us as designers and developers to create interactions, games, and activities that were previously impossible to do within PowerPoint.
Using more than one sound clip in a slide can be done using either of two methods: (1) sequencing – by placing one audio clip after another or (2) trigger execution – by using triggers to have sound play based on learner interactions. In this article, we are going to take a look at both of these options.
Sequencing (not the MIDI type) is the simplest method that can be used to include multiple audio files on one slide. To do this, insert multiple audio files either by recording them or by inserting prerecorded sound clips.
After the multiple audio clips have been inserted they can be played at the same time, or they can be sequenced to play one after the other. To sequence the clips, click and drag one sound clip in the timeline to start after the other one.
Triggers can be used to play, pause or stop media. In this example, we are focusing entirely on audio clips.
On my slide there are two buttons. Two audio clips are in the timeline (not pictured). One audio clip will play when the “Audio 1″ button is pushed and the other audio clip to play when the “Audio 2″ button is pushed. To properly create this interaction 4 triggers (2 for each button) need to be created. Each button needs both a ‘Play Media’ and a ‘Stop Media’ trigger. This is done to prevent both audio clips from playing at the same time.