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Getting Started with Sonocent

Approved Requests for Sonocent will receive an email to activation and download instructions.

Any student with notetaking as an accommodation may request Sonocent Audionotaker by emailing sasnotes@ithaca.edu. 

  • Eligible students will receive an email with a license code and instructions on how to download the software (check your spam or junk folder if it is not in your inbox).
  • Installing and activating Sonocent Audio Notetaker indicates to SAS that you are ready to use the software.
  • An SAS staff member will then extend your license activation to the end of the semester. 
    • A second email is sent with an invitation to download the Sonocent companion app, Sonocent Link for your phone or tablet.

New users, and existing users who update to the most current version of Sonocent, will have access to a guided tour that will open by default when you start the program. The tour and the training videos available through the Learn tab give detailed information about how to use Sonocent and how it can help you take great notes. The Learn tab provides access to two key resources:

The skills portal helps you master the basics of how to use Audio notetaker (the desktop application) and the Sonocent Link mobile app. The skills portal includes interactive videos that you can watch at your own pace and in the order of your choosing.

Sonocent licenses are given on a semester-by-semester basis. When your license expires, all of the files you created and saved are still available and can be exported to various forms. You will, however, no longer be able to edit or create new files.

If you already have Sonocent installed on your computer and have had your license renewed and extended, there are only a few steps required to access the program.

  1. When you first open Sonocent, check the checkbox to indicate that you have read and accepted the terms of the License Agreement and Privacy Policy and click the “Check Now” button.
  2. If your license was extended, you will see the message “Your license was approved and extended until [license expiration date].”

Sonocent is now ready for you to use.

Additional Tips and Tricks

If you find yourself getting stuck, here are a few additional tips that might help.

  • Be sure to test this out before you try to use Sonocent during class.
  • If you have trouble with audio quality using the microphone built into your computer, try using an external microphone – one that plugs into your computer.
    • If you are using a phone or tablet, an external microphone is not needed, since these devices typically have higher-quality microphones.
  • If you still have trouble capturing clear audio, you can use the tools on your computer to calibrate your microphone, try a different microphone, or try sitting in a different location in class.
  • Sonocent also has built-in audio clean up tools to improve the sound quality of your recordings.
  • Sonocent allows you to move between the homepage and any open projects using tabs at the top of the screen
    • Similar to a web browser. 
  • When searching for a saved project, Audio Notetaker uses a file manager tab.
  • You can click back to the home tab at any time.
  • If you have added or changed content within a project tab and have NOT saved your changes, an asterisk will appear on the project tab
  • The content collection area of the project tab consists of several columns – images, text, and audio.
  • The active column has a bright blue header.
  • Switching from one column to another changes the options in the highlighting menu and also changes some of the keyboard shortcuts.
    • For example, you can create a new section by pressing the “Enter” key if the audio column is active. If you are in the text column, pressing the “Enter” key will create a new line within the same section. The Sonocent Skills Portal identifies how to use and navigate the columns.

The desktop version of Sonocent is called Audio Notetaker. The companion app is called Sonocent Link. Each version has different features and has different strengths and weaknesses.

  • If your instructor typically lectures using PowerPoint, Audio Notetaker might work best.
  • If, however, your instructor writes on the board or breaks the class into discussion or project groups, then the Link app might be more effective.