HTML5 Audio Player and Digitising Audio Tapes

Digilogue Web Design puts a new spin on older learning resources

One of Digilogue's clients recently wanted to make use of audio tapes from a Leaving Certificate Spanish course from a few years ago. In order to make the tapes more accessible, it was necessary to digitise them so that they could be played on the web or downloaded for use on an mp3 player. 

Digilogue believes that all useful content should be accessible in a modern learning environment, regardless of its original format. In the process of digitisation, we also removed any background noise and 'cleaned up' the audio for a more pure quality of sound. We exported the files to both mp3 and Ogg format for maximum compatibility across all devices and browsers. 

We decided to create a HTML5 audio player in which to embed the digitised audio files, so that students and teachers could go to the website and either stream the content or download it to their own computer. Using HTML5's audio element and the highly adaptable jQuery framework, this audio player is functional in all browsers. For browsers not compatible with HTML5, Flash is used to maximise the compatibility of the player so that all users can benefit from the newly digitised tapes. 

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