Posted on January 28, 2007
Tutorial: An MP3 audio player for any Web page
I’ve been working on setting up ways to help journalism students and educators learn to gather and edit audio. One of the things people need is an easy-to-use player that they can incorporate into a blog entry or Web page.
To learn how to use this player on your own, please see this tutorial. I didn’t create the player (Martin Laine did), but I have his permission to publish the tutorial (which I wrote).
Update: If you are using WordPress, ignore my tutorial and go straight to Martin’s page. My tutorial is only for non-WordPress sites!
If you are using Internet Explorer, you will probably need to click the player twice to make it play. (All other Web browsers will let you click once.)
The MP3 audio file used here is 1 min. 38 sec. It is 22.05 kHz, 16 bits, mono (one channel). Data rate: 56 Kbps. File size: 676 KB.
I’m having a bit of an allergy today, so please excuse the nasal tone. I recorded the music yesterday at our local Hoggetowne Medieval Faire using an Electro-Voice 635N/D-B microphone and the M-Audio MicroTrack recorder. I mixed the two audio files using GarageBand — it was the very first time I had opened the program. (I am more familiar with Adobe Audition, on Windows, for editing audio files.)
There was also an airplane flying overhead at the start of the music, so you can experience all sorts of sound in this little file.
The player is the thing, though. I just wanted to give you a long-enough audio file so you could see how nice Martin’s player is.