Recording audio and creating notes from lectures- Sonocent Audio Notetaker for PC

Who might this software be useful for?: Anyone who experiences difficulties trying to focus in long lectures or struggles with multitasking, for example taking in information, processing it and writing notes all at once.

What study skills challenges can this app help you overcome?: Low focus, slow processing, difficulty multitasking and motor problems (e.g. writing notes), difficulty concentrating.

What is the tool or study skills strategy?: Record audio in chunks that can be separated by colour, powerpoint slide or section. Typed (or audio dictated) notes can accompany audio with key information for easier review later.

screenshot of lecture recording in audio notetaker

Features:

  • Import powerpoint slides from lectures
  • Colour code audio clips
  • Split audio chunks into sections
  • Annotate sections of audio
  • Review and delete unneeded audio chunks quickly and easily.
  • Use the screenshot function to take pictures of whiteboard notes from lectures/meetings.

Available on: PC or Mac

Price:

  • Available through DSA.
  • Varying license types from 6 months £29.99 to £149.99 one off payment.
  • Free trial available here.

 

This piece of software could be useful for anyone that struggles with multi-tasking in lectures, seminars or meetings. If you find it difficult to engage with what is being said, at the same time as thinking of answers to questions, questions to ask or writing coherent notes, then recording your lectures with audio notetaker might be for you!

I personally use my DSA funded digital recorder (also available on loan from DDSS if you do not receive DSA) and transfer the files to the Audio Notetaker software later, but you can also use your laptop microphone (depending on it’s quality) or plug your recorder or microphone into your laptop to use audio-notetaker during lectures.

If you received your DSA very recently, funding changes may mean you may have been given an external microphone and battery pack in place of the more expensive specialist digital recorder. In this case you might like to use the Sonocent Recorder App because your sound quality with this microphone will be much higher than a regular mobile device’s microphone. iPads generally also have good recording quality but the quality of phone microphones is variable. This free app is a companion to Audio Notetaker and allows you to write notes, take snaps and colour code audio chunks in a very similar interface, but with limited in-device playback options unless you upgrade to the paid version. You can export your recordings from this app to Audio Notetaker for PC for playback and to edit further.

The benefit of using this software during lectures is that you can highlight and delineate the most important sections for later review. However I find laptops too clunky and conspicuous to use, especially in my smaller classes, so my later review of the recorded material acts for me as preliminary revision for essays and exams!

The Codpast provides great tutorials and advice on SpLD software and learning skills. Here is the Codpast overview of Audio Notetaker.

And here are the Dysboxing tutorials on how to use the CARE (Capture, Annotate, Review, Engage) Note taking method by Sonocent.

Thanks for reading,

Rachel