Problems Adding Audio to PowerPoint?

I was having problems adding audio to Power Point using the built in recording function. It took me a while but I found a way to add audio without having all that white noise.

Recording Through Powerpoint

My problem

Question?Microsoft included the ability to record directly into a slide. I’m assuming the intent was to minimize the steps required. I just couldn’t make it work without having a fairly loud hissing in the background. I tried different head sets and different microphones. I tried different computers and different rooms. All had the same result. If that noise in the background doesn’t bother you, it’s a very convenient function that saves a lot of time. Personally, I found the result to be very unprofessional and had to find another way.

My solution

There are solutions like Audacity and other editing programs that can be used to record much cleaner sound files but there is another that is built into Windows. Sound Recorder actually does the job if you make sure to use a decent microphone and a quiet space to do the recording.

Ironically, I happened to have a Logitech microphone from an old Rock Band game that worked really well with Windows Sound Recorder.

MicrophoneRecord your sound files into a folder on your computer and then insert them into your slides. Make sure to use the insert file and not link to file. This will result in a larger file but that way the sound travels with your show. Otherwise, you need to create all files in the same drive that you will run the show from. I would suggest a USB drive if you are going to link to the files rather than embedding them into the show.

I hope that you find this useful and would appreciate any alternate solutions you may have.

Make it a great day,


P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for people who share ideas. I’m thankful for Google. I’m thankful for Logitech.

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