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What are the hardware recommendations?

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2019 02:05PM IST
Audio Notetaker has been designed to work on the least powerful of machines, so will most likely work with your computer, as long as it is running Windows 7, or later, or Mac OS 10.9 onwards. 

Use our free 30 day trial to check that Audio Notetaker will run on your computer before purchasing.

See below for supported iOS (Apple) and Android devices.


Operating System Support





  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 10
(32bit and 64bit)
  • MacOS 10.9 (Mavericks)
  • MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite) 
  • MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • MacOS 10.12 (Sierra)
  • MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra)
  • MacOS 10.14 (Mojave)

(Download old versions of Audio Notetaker here: Windows or Mac or contact for the last version that supported your OS).



Audio Notetaker doesn’t require much RAM; if you can run Windows (or Mac OS) then Audio Notetaker should work. If you are going to be adding lots of images or slides, whether importing or using our Screen Capture tool then you may find you need more RAM!

Audio Notetaker is now a 64bit application, so can utilise all available memory on 64bit systems.

If you're still using a 32bit system then Audio Notetaker can only use a maximum of 2GB of RAM regardless of how much you have installed.


Hard Disk 

The Audio Notetaker installation is relatively small at around 150mb.

By default audio is recorded at 14.4mb per hour (60+ hours per GB of Hard Drive space)

If you are going to be adding lots of images then these will increase the file size.


Audio Connections



To allow you to do live recording an audio input for an external microphone is a good idea.
A Laptop's inbuilt microphone may not be suitable for recording in an open space such as a lecture hall as it has been optimised to record the person sat using the laptop rather than someone presenting in front of them.

Audio Notetaker will record through any micrphone recognised by your computer, whether through the traditional 3.5mm jack, or a USB device.



It’s also useful to have an audio output to connect speakers or headphones to make working with your audio easy, although most laptop's in-built speakers will be good enough.


Other Software


Audio Notetaker does not need any other applications to run. However if you want to use the Scribe feature in our Windows version you will need Dragon installed. And if you want to import PowerPoint files or KeyNote files you will also need those installed.


Dragon Naturally Speaking

Our Windows version integrates with Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Version 11onwards and either their Premium or Professional editions). 


Slides / PDF





  • PDF supported by default
  • With PowerPoint (2002 or later) installed you can import PowerPoint files 
  • PDF  supported by default.
  • With KeyNote installed you can import KeyNote files and PowerPoint files 
  • With PowerPoint (2011 or later) installed you can import PowerPoint files


iOS (Apple) and Android Support 

Our Sonocent Recorder and Sonocent Link apps have exactly the same requirements.





Download from the app store
  Download from the Google Play Store
Support for iOS version 9 and above (iPhone, iPod and iPad).

Currently the oldest device supported is the iPhone 4S.
  Support for Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and above

Audio Connections



Inbuilt microphones on mobile devices give good results; especially where you can sit close to the person speaking (this is always the best way to improve the quality of a recording).

If you do need to use an external microphone then the apps support any microphone recognised as such by the device. You can use the traditional 3.5mm jack or a USB device. You will need a suitable connector for USB devices.

Mobile devices will have a TRRS type 3.5mm connector; you will need to ensure that your microphone has the same (or use a dongle). The Andrea SG110M has a TRRS connector.


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