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Audio Notetaker by Sonocent 

Cost: Paid and has a free trial | Platforms: Windows and Mac laptop / Desktop, App for Android and Apple. 

Audio Notetaker by Sonocent, records audio on your Laptop. This is audio with a difference as it is displayed in a visual way on your screen. The tracks of audio can be colour coded to your own desire so it makes sense to you especially when you review the colour coded audio as these can be individually selected. 

As well as audio, it gives you the option to add text and images to the sections of audio. 

Note: Sonocent have a newer tool for notetaking know as Glean which you may be interested in exploring too!

Most useful for: Audio Notetaker is another way to record lectures and meetings. It primarily records audio but typed text can be added as well as images and this method of notetaking can suit people who want an alternative to hand writing notes. 

Its key features are: 

  • The audio is represented in a very visual way, like a ribbon,  and can be colour coded in any way you choose e.g. important sections can be coloured red so afterwards you can re-listen to these important sections later easily due to your colour coded approach. See image below.

  • Instead of listening to long pieces of audio, you can select the coloured audio depending on how you colour coded it. 

  • Audio can be broken down into ‘Sections’. This means you can divide your audio file (e.g. a lecture), into parts or themes that make sense to you. 

  • Typed text can be added to a text pane, that is beside the audio recorded pane. Typed information can supplement the audio notes or be a synopsis of the audio. 

  • Images and photos can be added to the image pane. Another great way to supplement the audio.

screen shot of audio note taker showing how audio is represented in a visual ribbon

Our Top Tip: 

  • Practice using Audio Notetaker before you bring it to College/Work. Sit in front of your TV, record the audio and try colour coding the audio and creating different sections of the audio. Then review the audio files and add typed text and a few images. 
  • Building up familiarity with Audio Notetaker will help with your confidence in using the tool in a lecture room or work setting. Be sure to get permission to record audio in a workplace (e.g. a meeting) or in a lecture setting. 

Demonstration of Audio Notetaker in Action 

Video source: Sonocent YouTube channel 

Go to the Sonocent Website> 

Try the free Audio Notetaker trial 

Get more Advice:  

  • If you are a student in Higher Education, speak to your Assistive Technology Officer or Disability Officer /Learning Support Officer.  

  • If you are a Student in the FET/ETB then it may be possible to speak to an Educational Needs Coordinator, Learning Support Coordinator, Student Access Officer, Student Support Coordinator or a Disability Support Officer for more information about assistive technology.  

  • If you are an Employee and are interested in this technology then speak to your Disability Liaison Officer (public service) or your Line Manager to start the conversation. 

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