Creating Sound files for Articles and Pages

By Brenda Essig aka Zanymuse (Zanymuse) on April 23, 2010

Adding sound to your articles has never been easier than it is now. Use the simple bbcode Dave recently enabled and insert your own uploaded sound bites. But how do you create those sounds and why would you want to do that?

Whether you want to do a poetry reading, tell a story, add pronounciation guides, include bird calls or other nature sounds , give your reader the choice of listening to soothing music while reading your web space or add samples of   your own music in order to encourage sales of your musical masterpieces. You can do it!

This is what you will need:

A microphone, recording software and...the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

My microphone is a small one that cost about eight dollars when I bought it...about 8 years ago at Kmart. It is definately low end and not at all intended for professional sound quality. However, it will serve my needs for simple voice recordings. Shop around your local computer stores or order a mic on line. You decide what quality you need and how much you want to invest to achieve it.

Since most of us are not muscians who need elaborate recording studio setups I am going to focus on software that is open source and FREE!

Software: I am adding links to two free options available at CNET downloads. I chose CNET because I trust them and have felt safe downloading from them. There are many others listed but these two were highly rated and fit the requirements needed here. I also wanted to restrict it to just a few so that I could download and try them out before recomending them to you.

Sonarca Sound Recorder  (cnet rated this one 4 1/2 stars)


This one is simple and straight forward for beginners or anyone that just wants the basics without a lot of confusing options. You can read the reviews and or download by clicking on the name above. It will create mp3 files easily with no need for a seperate conversion program.






Audacity   (cnet rated at 5 stars)    MAC users click here


This software will do the same simple job as Sonarca but also has more bells and whistles if you want to the capability to edit your sound files  or add effects. There are plug ins available to further inhance the features and it is available for both Windows and MAC systems. Click the name above to read the reviews and download the program.

In order to export your file as a mp3 using Audacity you will also need to download and install the LAME file. You will find it HERE. Mac users CLICK HERE

Follow the easy instructions. You will only need to do this once.


Audacity also has some great free tutorials available to help you get started. You can find them here .

However, once you have downloaded and installed the programs the controls for basic recording is very similar to a standard casset recorder. Record~Pause~Stop  Export as...

 To record your own sound files

  1. plug your microphone into  the mic jack on your computer
  2. download and install your choice of recording software
  3. record
  4. save file as mp3
  5. upload the file to your files upload folder
  6. use the bbcode  to add the sound to your article or page.
  7.  [ audio]URL to your MP3 file[/audio]

To quote a familiar phrase:

"Can you hear me now?"


Related articles:
adding sound to articles, Mp3 files, sound files

About Brenda Essig aka Zanymuse
I have been playing on the www for many years and in the process have created several small web sites. I am curious by nature and the opportunity to be a small part of this new community as it evolves has been a real pleasure.

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Comments and discussion:
Subject Thread Starter Last Reply Replies
What a lovely voice! haighr Apr 27, 2010 5:36 PM 4
Well, shut mah ever-lovin' piehole... Horseshoe Apr 27, 2010 2:55 PM 3
Thank you !! Dea Apr 27, 2010 1:11 AM 4
Great article! Patti1957 Apr 26, 2010 7:36 PM 3
Sound Trademark gardenersdetective Apr 26, 2010 5:26 PM 1
Yes valleylynn Apr 23, 2010 5:18 PM 4

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