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How to Add Audio to Your ThingLink Tags

Andrew Beelitz

Did you know that you can very easily upload audio directly into ThingLink tags? This means you have another way to make your scenes truly engaging – with narration, interviews, nature sounds, music, or sound effects.

You have the choice of either directly recording your audio into the tag(for example narration), or uploading a pre-recorded audio file (MP3 and M4A are supported.)

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How to Create ThingLink Tags for Audio

Audio is simply one option within the versatile Text and Media Tag. Click to create your tag, choose Text and Media, then in the tag editor, choose or record your audio.

To upload a pre-recorded audio file, click the Upload Audio button. Select an MP3 or M4A file from your computer to upload and you’re ready to listen!

To record directly in the tag, click on the microphone icon to the right of the Upload Audio command and start to speak, or record your audio. When you are finished, click the microphone icon again. If you would like to remove or replace the audio, simply click Remove audio in the same location. You can then re-record a replacement if you wish.

You can also add an image, video, or a carousel of multiple image/video files to the same tag, as well as text, and let the audio play in the background. If the tag contains only audio, when opened it will display a large blue speaker icon.

The audio will play as soon as the tag is opened.

For a round up of how to create the very useful Text and Media Tag, watch the short clip below!

How Can You Use Audio in ThingLink Tags?

Audio tags are great for adding narration, background sounds, interviews, your own music, or editorial comments that give context or create a special ambiance for your image. 

The audio also increases the time the viewer spends on the tag as they listen to the clip instead of just glancing at the image. 

In the example below, a student has created an online resume, which is given more of a personal touch with their voiceover added to the text and media tags.

Improving accessibility with audio

Audio also adds a level of accessibility to your content by ensuring that your media is not purely reliant on visual elements. You can for example narrate the text in each tag. Not only does this create a more rich experience, it results in a more accessible image that can be enjoyed by those who may be less able to read the text.

Where to source additional audio for your tags

If you’d like to add a sound you can’t record yourself, try searching freesound.org. They host thousands of audio clips sourced from members that you can download and add. Find anything from the wind in the trees, to a helicopter whirring, to the sound of a barbecue being opened!

Detailed instructions on adding audio to ThingLink tags

Visit our Support Article here more all the detail in one place!

More on ThingLink tag creation

Did you know you can now also make use of one of ThingLink’s helpful new AI tools to create text and media tags? Read how to use them all here or watch this short clip below to see the Tag Suggestion tool in action!


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