Audio Files for Audiophiles: How to Upload Your Sound Mix Onto Your Website

Uploading sound files to your website seems like child’s play, but there were several technicalities I had to go through before I was able to get my files up and working. First, edit, mix and rearrange your audio files to get the exact sound effect you want for your project. Then click File > Save As and type in the name you want for that file. The format will automatically be set to an Adobe Sound Document (*.asnd). You’ll want to make sure to change this to an mp3 so you can upload it to the web:

Before doing anything else, make sure to individually upload the file onto the server to give your code an actual file to access when the user tries to play it on your website. If you’re using Terminal, simply type in “put” and then specify the exact location of the file on your computer. This may take a little while to upload:

When I first tried to do this, I received error message after error message and couldn’t figure out what was wrong at first. After some research, I discovered that my files were first and foremost just too big for the server. So, I went back into Adobe Soundbooth and cut them down to about a minute to a minute and a half each. I also compressed the files by clicking Effects > Compressor> and then “Apply to File,”  as shown below:

I tried uploading the file again and still received an error message. It was then that I remembered what Jamie said about the Pitt server offering limited space to student websites, and you would likely need to contact technical support to upload everything you want on your website. You can call them at 412-624-HELP [4357] or start up a chat with someone and solve the problem while multi-tasking. It only takes a few minutes for them to extend the space on your website.

Finally, code your audio file into your website with the following:

<section class=”content” align=”center”>

<span class=”normalText”>Sound Mix Final</span>

<audio controls=”controls”>

<source src=”SoundMixFinal.mp3″ type=”audio/mpeg”>

Your browser does not support the audio element.


Now sit back and listen to your beautiful sound creation!

– Natalie Russell

~ by Madame Psychosis on October 22, 2012.

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