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Sonocent Recorder

User Guide


Quick Start

Welcome to Sonocent Recorder

Recording

Colouring

Scribble

Settings

Transfer

Tutorial - Preparation

Tutorial - Recording

Tutorial - What Next?

Free App vs Paid App


 

Quick Start


The Recording Screen. Audio in chunks. Section Break button. Use Colour to mark important points.
 
  • To quickly start recording using the Sonocent Recorder App; press the record button (1) on the main file list screen.


 
  • Rather than a continuous audio stream, you'll see that we break up the audio into manageable chunks (1).
  • Whenever the topic changes add a section break using the button (2). Sections are much like index marks or bookmarks on a traditional recorder.
  • When you hear something important or that you want to come back to, use the colour circle buttons (3)
  • If the whole section is important then use the colour square buttons (4) to colour the entire section.
  • Tap (5) to add any text notes - don't do this if it will distract you from listening.
  • If you've added an image to a section, you can see it in the Image Preview (6). Clicking the Image Preview will take you to the Image Pane.


 
  • You can take photographs, add PDF pages, or insert pictures from your device to accompany your recording.
  • You get one image per section - we'll insert new sections if you add more than one picture.
  • You can use the Scribble feature to add drawings and pins atop of an image, or onto a blank canvas.
  • To view images, swipe right on the screen or click on the Image Preview.
  • Tap on the top-left button (1) to take a photo, on the top-right button (2) to add PDF pages, bottom-left button (3) to add an image from your device, or on the bottom-right button (4) to create a Scribble.
  • To clear all images and Scribbles from the selected section, tap the blue pen symbol and then the Delete button. Note that the blue pen symbol will only show when an image or Scribble exists in the section.

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Welcome to Sonocent Recorder


Why use Sonocent recorder?

Take quality recordings, highlight key information and add photos.

With the app, you can take high-quality recordings of your lectures, meetings, interviews and classes, using your phone or tablet.

Plus you can quickly highlight key points in colour, adding images and text notes right alongside your audio.

 

Highlight key information with a tap

Whenever you hear something that you will want to revisit, you can highlight it in colour with a tap.

That way, you can give your undivided attention to the speaker... and reflect on the important stuff when you revisit your recording.

You can also type brief text notes right alongside your recording. This will provide valuable context when you begin creating detailed notes or composing written work.

 

Add photos alongside your recording

Capturing useful visuals is a cinch with our free app.

Simply snap slides or diagrams on the whiteboard with your phone or tablet. Then add the image right alongside the relevant part of your recording.

If you have access to the presentation slides, you can add them in PDF format directly into your recording.

To create drawings like diagrams and equations, and add numbered pins, you can utilise our Scribble feature. Check out the Scribble section for more information.

The result: a super-informative work or study resource, featuring high-quality audio, colour, images, drawings and handy text notes.
 

Pain-free transfer

Once you have taken your recording with the app, you can share your file with Audio Notetaker via Wi-Fi.


The transfer will take just a few seconds. Then you can use the software to take more detailed notes, summaries and transcriptions.
 

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Recording


Press Record to start.
 
  • To start recording using the Sonocent Recorder App; press the record button (1) on the main file list screen.


 
  • Rather than a continuous audio stream, you'll see that we break up the audio into manageable chunks (1).
  • Whenever the topic changes add a section break using the button (2). Sections are much like index marks or bookmarks on a traditional recorder.
  • When you hear something important or that you want to come back to, use the colour circle buttons (3)
  • If the whole section is important then use the colour square buttons (4) to colour the entire section.
  • Tap (5) to add any text notes - don't do this if it will distract you from listening.

Take a photo or insert a picture.
  • You can take photographs or insert pictures from your device to accompany your recording.
  • You get one image per section - we'll insert new sections if you take more than one picture.
  • Swipe right on the screen to view images.
  • Tap on the top button (1) to take a photo or on the bottom button (2) to add an image from your device.


 

Add PDF pages

  • You can add PDF pages to go alongside your recording. As with other images, you can have one PDF page per section.
  • You can add the file directly from your device's internal storage or from a Cloud app. Your options will depend on your device's model, and what apps you have installed. Please note, that our PDF import feature is only available on devices that are running Android 5.0 or later.
 

To add a PDF page:
 

  • Tap the top-right button ('Add a PDF page') in the Image Pane.
  • Browse to the PDF file you want to use and select it. Then tap a page to add it to your recording.
  • Once you've added a page, the PDF file will be associated with your recording from then on.
  • Tapping the 'Add a PDF page' button again will let you add additional pages from the same PDF file into other sections.
  • For quicker discovery, the page viewer automatically scrolls to (and highlights) the next page, while also greying out the pages prior to it.
 

Changing the associated PDF file:
 

  • To add pages from a different PDF file, you can change the PDF file that is associated with you recording by tapping 'Choose PDF' from the settings (three dots) button.
  • On smaller screens, 'Choose PDF' can be found in the Options Menu.
  • You can also change the associated PDF file by tapping the folder icon in the top-right corner of the PDF page picker.
  • You can change the PDF file as many times as you want, allowing you to mix pages from multiple different PDF files in one single recording.
 


 

  • After you've associated a PDF file to your project, an additional 'Add a PDF page' button (1) will be displayed at the bottom of the recording screen.
  • This button will only show when the section doesn't yet have any image or PDF page added to it.
  • Clicking the button will take you straight to the PDF page viewer, where you can pick a page to add to the section.
  • The button will not show if you have disabled 'Show Image Preview' in the app Settings.



Glance Mode

  • Glance Mode simplifies the interface but still allows you to colour audio chunks and add sections.
  • To move into Glance Mode press the 'eye' button on the toolbar. If you are not already recording audio then recording will resume when you enter Glance Mode.
  • On smaller screens Glance Mode is accessible from the Options Menu button.

Glance Mode. Tap once to colour. Twice to add a section break
 
  • The information message at the bottom of the screen will disappear after 30 seconds; to see it again just click the question mark button (1).
  • Double Tap the screen to colour the audio chunk; a coloured circle appears on screen (2).
  • You can change the colour being used in settings (3).
  • By default continuous colouring is switched on, so all subsequent chunks will be coloured. You can turn this off in the main settings button on the file list screen.
  • Tap the screen once to add a section break; you'll see the section counter increase (4).
  • To Exit Glance Mode hit the back arrow (5).

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Colouring


Use the Colour Key on the right-hand side to colour your audio.
 
  • As you record your audio you can mark key points with colour.
  • Use the colour circle buttons (1) to colour the audio chunks.
  • Use the colour square buttons (2) to colour the entire section.
  • To configure the options for the current recording, press the settings button or on smaller screens choose Colour Key in the Options Menu.
  • You can edit, add and remove colour keys from settings on the main file list screen (see below).
 

Recording Settings

  • While recording you can press the settings button to alter the colours available or on smaller screens choose Colour Key in the Options Menu.

Settings - Change your colour key or edit it.
  • Current Colour Key - will allow you to pick a colour key from any available on your device.
  • Edit Current Colour Key - will allow you to alter the key you currently have selected.
  • Glance Mode Chunk Colour - will allow you to pick which colour is used in Glance Mode.
 

 

Current Colour Key


Colour Key. Your current key is ticked.
  • Click on a different key to switch the key in use.
 


Edit Current Colour Key


Edit your Colour Key.
  • You can change the name of the key by tapping on the name (1). The names of pre-installed keys cannot be changed.
  • You cannot set the default key from the recording settings - use the main settings button to do this.
  • Clicking on a chunk colour (2) or section colour (3) will let you change the name associated with the colour and the colour itself.
  • You can add new colours by clicking on the + button (4). You can choose the colour and name associated with it. Theres a 'New Colour button for chunks and section colours; you might need to scroll down to see all the options for Section Colours.

Pick a different colour.
  • To change the colour simply pick one from the available colours.
 

App-wide settings

Add keys, edit keys and delete keys.
 
  • You can add new colour keys, change or delete keys from the main settings button (1).

Colouring options.
 
  • Scroll down the page to view the Colouring options.
  • Continuous Colouring - this option is on by default and when on, will continue to colour subsequent chunks, as they are recorded, with your selected colour.
  • Glance Mode Chunk Colour - Choose which colour is used in Glance Mode. The colours available are limited to those available in the current (default) colour key.
  • Edit Colour Key - Lets you pick your default key, edit existing keys, create new keys and delete keys.

The Default Key is ticked. Tap a key to edit or use the plus button to add a key.
  • The default Colour Key used when you start a new recording is ticked (1)
  • Tap on a key to edit it.
  • Use the + button (2) to add a new key.

The Default Key is ticked. Tap a key to edit or use the plus button to add a key.
  • To Delete a Key: Long press the key to delete then press delete button (3) Note that you cannot delete the inbuilt colour keys.
  • To Copy a Key: Long press the key to copy and press the copy button (4).

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Scribble


With the Scribble feature, you can draw straight onto a blank canvas or on top of images you've added.
Scribble will allow you to draw diagrams and equations, and add numbered pins.


All your drawings, pins, and pin labels will be linked to your audio recording. You can view these links in Sonocent Audio Notetaker on your desktop, after you've transferred the recording from the mobile app.

Scribble; Create a Scribble from scratch.

To start creating a Scribble, tap the bottom-right button (1).

Scribble onto an image.


Or, if you wish to Scribble on top of an existing image, tap the blue pen symbol on the bottom right to bring up the menu, then tap the Scribble symbol (1).

From the same menu, you can also completely clear the Image Pane by tapping the Delete button (2). This will delete all Scribbles and images from the selected section.
 

You can use the following touch gestures in Scribble:

  • Pinch to zoom in and out.
  • Use two fingers to pan around.
  • Use a single finger for drawing.
  • To hide the colour picker, swipe down across it.

Create and modify your Scribble, tap top-left arrow to save.
 
  • The Pen tool (3) will be selected by default. You can change the colour of the pen from the available colours, and change the size of the pen using the slider (8). To hide the colour picker, either swipe down across the picker or tap on the Pen button again.
  • The Highlighter (4) works similarly to the Pen tool.
  • The Pin tool (5) allows you to add numbered pins with your choice of colour. The pin numbers are added in sequential order.
  • The Eraser (6) will delete entire strokes and pins. Everything that is going to be deleted will be highlighted; move your finger to highlight different parts. Releasing your finger will delete everything that is currently selected.
    • Move your finger to a blank part and release to cancel the eraser.
    • Zoom into your scribble for more accuracy.
    • Tap to quickly delete.
  • Tapping the Toggle Grid (7) button will display a grid on the canvas, and tapping the button again will hide the grid. The grid will not be saved as part of the Scribble.
  • Use the Undo and Redo buttons (9) to undo or restore your last strokes and pins.
  • When you're done with your Scribble and want to return to the recording view, simply click on the back arrow (10) in the top left corner.


During recording you can go back to edit an existing Scribble: select the section with the Scribble, tap the blue pen symbol on the bottom right of the Image Pane, then tap the Scribble symbol.

To completely clear the Image Pane, tap the blue pen symbol and then the Delete button. This will delete all Scribbles and images from the selected section.

As with images, you can create one Scribble per section.

If you have the upgraded version of Sonocent Recorder or our Sonocent Link app then you can also edit your Scribbles in your saved recordings.

You can view your Scribbles in Audio Notetaker after you've transferred your project. Make sure you have updated to the very latest version.
 

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Settings


Press the Settings button to configure the app.
  • To configure the App press the settings button (1).
 


General

  • Upgrade Sonocent Recorder - Upgrade from the free version of the app to add additional features.
  • Recording Quality - You can choose from 4 different quality settings:
    1. Extra LP: 48.0KHz, 1 channel @8Kbps (3.6MB/hour)
    2. LP: 48.0KHz, 1 channel @ 16Kbps (7.2MB/hour)
    3. Standard: 48.0KHz, 1 channel @32Kbps (14.4MB/hour)
    4. HQ: 48.0KHz, 1 channel @48Kbps (21.6MB/hour)
    5. Stereo HQ: 48.0KHz, 2 channels @64Kbps (28.8MB/hour)
    6. Stereo Extra HQ: 48.0KHz. 2 channels @ 128Kbps (57.6MB/hour)
  • Save Photos to Library - If you use the app to take photos then these get added to your library by default; turn that off here.
 


Playback Effects

These effects are only applied during playback of your audio. This means that when you transfer the file to Audio Notetaker you get the original recording and can use the enhanced playback effects in Audio Notetaker.

  • Adjust Volume Automatically - During playback we automatically adjust the volume so that you get a consistent volume throughout your recording.
  • Noise Cancellation - During playback we reduce the background noise of your recording.
 

Colour Settings

  • You can add new colour keys, change or delete keys.
  • Continuous Colouring - this option is on by default and when on, will continue to colour subsequent chunks, as they are recorded, with your selected colour.
  • Glance Mode Chunk Colour - Choose which colour is used in Glance Mode. The colours available are limited to those available in the current (default) colour key.
  • Edit Colour Key - Lets you pick your default key, edit existing keys, create new keys and delete keys.

The Default Key is ticked. Tap a key to edit or use the plus button to add a key.
  • The default Colour Key used when you start a new recording is ticked (1)
  • Tap on a key to edit it.
  • Use the + button (2) to add a new key.

The Default Key is ticked. Tap a key to edit or use the plus button to add a key.
  • To Delete a Key: Long press the key to delete then press delete button (3) Note that you cannot delete the inbuilt colour keys.
  • To Copy a Key: Long press the key to copy and press the copy button (4).
 


View Settings

Show Image Preview - This setting is enabled by default. When enabled, the image you've added to a section will be displayed as a thumbnail on the same page as your text notes. If a section has no image, an empty thumbnail icon will be shown instead. You can tap the Image Preview thumbnail at any time to quickly switch to the Image Pane.

If you have added a PDF file to your project, an additional 'Add a PDF page' button will be displayed on the right-hand side of the Image Preview (though only if the section doesn't yet have an image or PDF page added). Tapping the 'Add a PDF page' button will take you to the PDF page picker. Read more about working with PDF files here.


Flic button

Flic is a wireless push-button that can be used with the Sonocent Recorder. The Flic button is an optional accessory and can be purchased from Flic's website. 

To connect your Flic button to the Sonocent Recorder app, you must first perform the initial set up of your Flic button with the Flic app, which can be downloaded from Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store. 

After completing the set-up of Flic, follow these steps to start using Flic with the Sonocent Recorder:
  1. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your device
  2. Open the Sonocent Recorder
  3. Go to Settings -> Flic Button -> Link Flic
  4. From the list, grab your Flic
  5. You can now use the Flic button with the Sonocent Recorder

You can use the Flic button to perform the following actions while recording or during playback:
 
You can perform the above Flic actions both in Glance Mode and in the normal recording interface.

 

More Information

  • Use the links to find out more about Sonocent Recorder and Audio Notetaker.
  • Show Help Slide Show - View the help slideshow again.
  • Show Opening Slide Show - View the slideshow again.
  • Error Log - If something has gone wrong with the app and you've contacted our support team, then you might be asked to send us the Error Log:
    1. Press the Error Log button
    2. Press the share button
    3. Email the log file to us at support@sonocent.com
  • The current version of the App is shown at the very bottom of the settings page.

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Transfer

 

You can transfer your recordings from the app to your computer in a number of ways. The simplest is using the inbuilt wifi transfer, but this does need both your device and PC to be on the same wifi network but bear in mind that device discovery is not always enabled on public networks.

 

Wifi Transfer

You need to ensure that both your computer and mobile device are connected to the same wifi network. Some public networks will not allow devices to be discovered, you may need to set up your own private network or try again on a different network.

You will also need Apple's Bonjour installed on your computer - this comes bundled with iTunes and is preinstalled on Mac OS; if you are using a Windows computer, and do not have iTunes, then you can just install Bonjour here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL999

Bonjour is required for wifi transfer from BOTH Android and IOS devices.
Please note that the version of iTunes on the Windows Store does not include Bonjour. 

Press Transfer to start wifi transfer to Audio Notetaker.
 

  • Press the Transfer button (1)

Transfer; your 4 digit code is displayed.

You'll see the transfer page displaying a four digit code (the code changes every time you transfer).

  • Open Audio Notetaker on your PC
  • You need to open the Portable Device Manager:
    • From the App menu (green button in the top left) choose Manage → View Portable Devices
    • From the Home Tab select Transfer → Transfer from Sonocent Recorder
  • After a few seconds your device will be listed in the left hand pane. Select your device and enter the 4 digit code.
  • You'll then see a list of all the files on your device
    • You can select individual or multiple files to copy to your computer - use the buttons in the bottom left of Audio Notetaker to copy.
    • There is also an option to delete the files from your device after they have been copied.
  • Your copied files will be placed in your default recording folder, which is normally ../Documents/Audio Notetaker Recordings/Portable Device
 

File Explorer

With Android devices you can connect your device to your computer and browse the files. (For Mac users you may need to install Android File Transfer; https://www.android.com/intl/en_uk/filetransfer/ or another file manager to view files on your device).

Once you have connected your device you will need to find your device and browse to:

Android/data/com.Sonocent.SonocentRecorder/files/Projects

All your Sonocent Recorder Projects will be listed and you can manually copy files to your computer.

 

File Sharing

You can share files from within the App itself.

For single files:

 

  • Press the 'more' button (displayed as three dots)
  • Press the share button
  • You can then choose how to share your file. You can use Mail, Dropbox and any other file sharing applications installed on your device.
 

For multiple AND single files:
 

  • Use a long-press to select a file
  • Select additional files
  • Press the share button
  • You can then choose how to share your file. You can use Mail, Dropbox and any other file sharing applications installed on your device.

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Tutorial - Preparation


If you have time it can be really useful to do a little preparation before recording. If you're going to be recording a lecture, read through the slides beforehand. If you're recording a meeting then look through the agenda items.

Back in the app you can then create a custom Colour Key to help you get the most out of your recording.
 

Use Settings to add colour keys.
 
  • Press the Settings button (1)

Scroll down the settings page and choose edit colour keys.
 
  • Scroll down and select Edit Colour Keys

The Default Key is ticked. Tap a key to edit or use the plus button to add a key.
 
  • Tap on a key to edit it. Or
  • Use the + button (2) to add a new key.
  • The default key is shown by the tick (1)

The Default Key is ticked. Tap a key to edit or use the plus button to add a key.

 
  • To Delete a Key: Long press the key to delete then press delete button (3) Note that you cannot delete the inbuilt colour keys.
  • To Copy a Key: Long press the key to copy and press the copy button (4).
  • Create a key that fits what you're going to be recording, Create colours for things like:
    • Key topics in your lesson
    • To answer a specific essay question
    • Each agenda item in your meeting
    • Different speakers
    • Each question in an interview
    • Marking things you didn't understand

You can set the default key here too. The default will be used when you start recording, but you can always change it from settings in the recording screen.
 

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Tutorial - Recording


Press Record to start.
 
  • To start recording simply hit the record button (1)

The Recording Screen. Colour Keys on the right-hand side.
 
  • Your Colour Key is displayed down the right-hand side
  • If you've done your preparation and want to pick a different key press the Settings button or on smaller screens choose Colour Key in the Options Menu, and choose the key to use

The Recording Screen. Audio in chunks. Section Break button. Use Colour to mark important points.
  • Rather than a continuous audio stream, you'll see that we break up the audio into manageable chunks (1).
  • Whenever the topic changes add a section break using the button (2). Sections are much like index marks or bookmarks on a traditional recorder.
  • When you hear something important or that you want to come back to, use the colour circle buttons (3)
  • If the whole section is important then use the colour square buttons (4) to colour the entire section.
  • Tap (5) to add any text notes - don't do this if it will distract you from listening.
  • If you've added an image to a section, you can see it in the Image Preview (6). Clicking the Image Preview will take you to the Image Pane.

Take a photo or insert a picture.
 
  • You can take photographs, add PDF pages, or insert pictures from your device to accompany your recording.
  • You get one image per section - we'll insert new sections if you add more than one picture.
  • You can use the Scribble feature to add drawings and pins atop of an image, or onto a blank canvas.
  • To view images, swipe right on the screen or click on the Image Preview.
  • Tap on the top-left button (1) to take a photo, on the top-right button (2) to add PDF pages, bottom-left button (3) to add an image from your device, or on the bottom-right button (4) to create a Scribble.
  • To clear all images and Scribbles from the selected section, tap the blue pen symbol and then the Delete button. Note that the blue pen symbol will only show when an image or Scribble exists in the section.

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Tutorial - What Next?

 

After recording we recommend transferring your files to your PC and working with them in Audio Notetaker where you have access to all the additional features.

To make use of all the latest features, be sure to update to the latest version.

What you do next will depend on what you have recorded and what tasks you need to do:

  • If you've recorded a lecture or lesson then upload to Audio Notetaker and start by importing slides
  • Listen back to the recording add more colour and more text notes
  • Use Audio Notetaker's Extract tool to create a new project with the colours you've used so that you can focus on just that information
  • Bring in Reference Material
  • Record audio summaries
  • Create a piece of written work in the Text Pane

Audio Notetaker and the Sonocent Recorder App have been designed to fit around the way you want to work.
 

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Free App vs Paid App

 

The free version of Sonocent Recorder comes with all the important features you need to make the most out of your recording. You can record for as long as you want, colour your audio, make text notes and take pictures. You can create and edit your colour keys, use Glance Mode and have access to all the audio-clean up tools. The only limitation is when playing back your audio; you can only listen to the first 5 minutes and cannot make any further changes. You'll have to upload the file to Audio Notetaker to continue to work on it.

The paid upgrade allows you to listen back to your entire recording and continue to add colour, text, images and scribbles as you listen.
 

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