Audio Notetaker and Link App: Note taking and Presentations

What does Audio Notetaker do?

Audio Notetaker:
• Interactive notetaking tool allowing emphasis on listening rather than writing.
• An alternative multi-sensory approach to the inefficient linear note taking.
• Custom visual representation of audio content as coloured bars that can be colour-highlighted during or after recording for relevance.
• Organises and displays content in panes and sections - lecture slides alongside text notes, references and audio recordings displayed in 4 Panes in each section, Audio, Text, Reference and Image (e.g. slides) that are saved as Projects
• Various information can be imported e.g. screen grabs, slides, PDF docs and photo images.
• Edit and collate slides, text notes, images and audio content.
• Textual content is read aloud, and audio content exported to MP3/4.
• Presentation capture mode for rehearsal of verbal presentations with slides.
• Link App to record and review full recordings ‘on the go’ on mobile or tablet devices – flexible, portable and audio files can be sent to the ‘Cloud’.

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What does Audio Notetaker Link App do?

Sonocent has a free companion Link App for Android and iOS mobile devices (phones and tablets) that comes with the Audio Notetaker licence, developed specially for students to allow flexible note taking off and on campus, including at placements, work experience, lectures and practicals. In addition to recording and annotating in class, the Link App enables students to play back and review full audio recordings and colour highlight audio after class.sonocent

• Record and annotate with text, drawings, scribbles and photos
• Colour highlight audio with the colour Key and ‘bookmark’ slides
• Add presentation slides in PDF format directly into the recording
• Use the scribble feature to create equations and add numbered pins
• Review and save audio files ‘on the go’
• Upload onto the Cloud to access anywhere you work or share with Audio Notetaker via wi-fi
• Glance mode for privacy when recording and still colour audio chunks or add sections

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How does Audio Notetaker help?

• Capture – maintaining focus; organising notes; time management
• Annotate – adding course-specific importance to notes; encourage preparation for lectures; saving time when reviewing or revising notes
• Review and Play Back – revision; collating relevant information for written work; listening notes and PDF files to reinforce your comprehension
• Engage – share notes and ideas with fellow students


• Audio recordings are displayed as visual chunks or bars.
• Download lecture slides ahead of lectures, creating a new section in the audio for each slide, and the audio will then line up with the slides when recording.
• Capture slides or diagrams on whiteboards with your phone/tablet.
• Capture audio and screenshots such as inserting stills from videos alongside the audio when streaming the content of videos and webinars, e-lectures and podcasts.
• Convert text within imported PDF documents to audio to read aloud.
• If using Dragon Professional, the Scribe tool accesses your profile and transcribes speech into text in the Text Pane, which can be Exported into Microsoft Word.


• Relevant chunks of the recording can be colour highlighted when listening during taught sessions. This strategy can make editing and navigating the audio content easier. Such active learning can improve engagement and retention.
• Annotate key points within videos and webinars.
• Create Custom Colour Keys for audio bars or sections to add course-specific importance to content, useful when writing assignments.
• Add images and text alongside audio to provide valuable context when creating detailed notes or composing written work. Audio files can also be imported.
• PowerPoint slides can be imported in advance of taught sessions. Screen grabs, images of notes handwritten by lecturers and PDF docs can also be imported to annotate recordings.
• Recording and annotation takes only a few clicks or keyboard shortcuts.
• Text notes automatically linked to specific audio bars generated when the notes are typed or edited.

Review and Play Back:

• Listen back to the recording or just the chunks you highlighted.
• Enhance the sound quality with the Audio Clean-Up toolkit.
• Type or record summaries alongside your original recording within the Text Pane to consolidate your notes.
• Extract text from slides and add tags to audio notetaker files for ease of retrieval and revision.
• Use the Extract function to collate related information from a variety of sources highlighted with the same colour.
• Use the Timecode feature to revisit videos at the point when a rest break was taken
• Presentation Capture mode to review your own slides and audio. Use the Timecode tool to check timings and Export Audio and Images as Video to save a copy of the presentation on the Cloud.


• Pull together the ideas and source material within group sessions.
• Export your audio, text and images as an album, text document, or video and share your Projects with fellow students or tutors.
• Audio content can be exported to MP3/4 to allow portability of information or presentations to be reviewed prior to events

Disabilities supported:

SpLD (dyslexia, dyspraxia [DCD], dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ADHD, ADD, ASD including Asperger’s Syndrome):

  • Prepare for lectures in advance to help take in new concepts and words (Custom Colour Key, import slides, organise Projects with Tags).
  • Apply the Cornell notetaking strategy – organise ideas spatially for visual learners for effective revision and memorisation:
    o Record notes in the Audio Pane and download slides in Image Pane
    o Review and summarise your notes, identifying key points (colour highlighting study cues) in the Text Pane
    o Create a self-test column of questions in the Reference Pane
    o Test yourself and compare your answers to the information in the Audio and Text Panes (these panes can be hidden while you answer your questions
  • Record in lectures and keep pace with the lecturers:
    o If the lecturer speaks rapidly or typing and handwriting is slow
    o Difficulties trying to focus in long lectures
    o Struggling with multitasking, for example taking in information, processing it and writing notes at the same time
    o Ensures complete and consistent notes
  • Edit and add notes later to either summarise or consolidate what was said and/or discussed during lectures and other taught sessions and extract text from slides. This can be part of a routine study strategy.
  • Use custom themes to apply SpLD-friendly colours, fonts and sizes to organise and quickly identify key words and content.
  • Independent note taking wherever you are, for example using the Link App to record if keeping concentration is difficult or dictate personal notes and observations.
  • Help focus on listening and engaging through colour highlighting the audio ‘bars’, during the lectures to select relevant information
  • Bite size note taking into section breaks, clear and manageable steps for review and revision..
  • Use visual cues to highlight key points then import diagrams and images (e.g. photos of whiteboard content) to match key points.
  • Add searchable comments and keywords.
  • Manage your time by highlighting and editing relevant audio and textual content.

Mental Health:

• Help keep notes, slides and audio content organised and stored for easier review
• Use the Link App to record personal notes and ideas as they come to you.
• Make review of notes and extraction of colour highlighted information efficient.
• Rehearse verbal presentations, combining your slides, text cues and audio delivery in one Project.

Partial Hearing Impairment:

• Boosts volume of the recorded voice and cleans up background noise for ease of listening.
• Use Presentation Capture mode to rehearse verbal delivery or produce a video of your delivery.
• Append various recordings to a single Project to collate audio content from lectures, meetings etc.

Low Visual Impairment:

• Create audio study resources from imported PDF files by extracting the text and converting the text to speech.
• Listen and annotate to pick out (Extract) relevant information for written assignments and revision.
• Scribe (using Dragon) to transcribe notes for written assignments, saving valuable time.
• Export audio as an Album for revision anywhere.

Physical Difficulties (fine motor control, fatigue, chronic pain):

• Take notes independently and capture audio from videos or dictate to annotate notes.
• Have text read aloud.
• Export Audio Notetaker files as albums to listen to from a music player.
• Stop and start review when you are able to focus on the content.
• If using Dragon Professional speech recognition, transcribe audio to text and export to Word.


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