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New Audio Player - ARJaudio

The ARJentium web site has just launched a new HTML5-based audio player, ARJaudio, replacing the Flash-based Dewplayer that has served our site well for many years. Because recent versions of web browsers have begun to disable or remove Flash support, we needed to upgrade to a new generation of audio player that does not depend on Flash.

Playback is controlled using the ARJaudio console located at the top of the page next to our on-page menubar. You can hover the mouse over each of the controls on the console to see a pop-up tiptext describing what that control does. If you hover over the gray "faceplate" area of the console, a pop-up text will describe all the controls. (Try it on the ARJaudio console at the top of the page next to the menubar.)

The new player also supports playlists, adding a new dimension of convenience to our audio pages. Playlists have been implemented throughout the ARJ Music Catalog portion of the site. You can try out the ARJaudio playlist feature in action right here, using the demo playlist below. Click one of the orange play buttons to begin playback. Prev and Next buttons in the player will move forwards and backwards through the playlist whether a selection is currently playing or not.

The List button at the right end of the player console turns on auto-advance mode. When you play to the end of a selection, auto-advance continues automatically to the next selection on the list, stopping at the bottom of the playlist (unless you Stop the playback or turn off the List button first).

Demo Play List
Sussex Carol
Elegy
Toccata for Carillon

As yet, the Gilbert and Sullivan practice pages do not have playlists, but you can still play the audio examples one at a time as before. Over time, we hope to develop playlist capability for the G&S pages as well, but to do so the pages will need to be fundamentally redesigned. For now they retain the same functionality as they previously had, offering one-at-a-time playback. On these pages, the Prev, Next, and List buttons are omitted from the console because there is no playlist.

Controls on the ARJaudio player console work like this:

Prev: Clicking Prev while the player is stopped will skip to the previous selection on the playlist. If a selection is playing or paused, clicking once returns to the beginning of the current selection, then clicking again (within the first two seconds) skips to the previous selection.

If there is no playlist on the page, the Prev button is omitted.

Stop: Clicking the Stop button will stop the playback. Then if you click Play again, the selection will start over from the beginning.

Play / Pause: Clicking the Play button plays the current selection (if one has been selected; its title should appear in the player above the controls). While the selection is playing, the Play button changes to a Pause button. Clicking Pause will pause the playback and allow you to resume at the same point when you click Play again.

(Known anomaly: To pause the audio when the Play button is displaying, click it once to change it to the Pause button, and a second time to pause the playback. This occurs when the selection was started by clicking a button within the body of the page instead of clicking Play on the console.)

Next: Clicking Next will skip to the next selection on the list.

If there is no playlist on the page, the Next button is omitted.


Progress Bar: During playback, a yellow bar will advance over the blue background to show the current position of the playback within the selection. You can click in the Progress Bar to skip the playback to another point in the current selection earlier or later than the current position (and you can do so whether the selection is playing, paused, or stopped).

Volume control: The number shows the current volume level (0 to 10; default 5). Click the up and down arrowheads to adjust the volume.

List: Turning on the List button auto-advances playback through the selections on the playlist. Play stops at the end of the list. For example, you could click the first Play button on the page and turn on the List button. Then if you don't click Stop or Pause, you'll be able to listen to the entire playlist with no further action needed. Clicking the List button once "presses it in" and turns it dark to show that List mode is on. Clicking it again turns it off.

If there is no playlist on the page, the List button is omitted.

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