Recording and Playing Audio

Audio recordings are linked to your annotations. While playing the audio, you can tap anything in a note to jump to that point in the recording. Annotations you add while playing a recording are also synced to the recording.

Recording Audio

  1. Select mic icon.png to start recording. An input meter and timer will appear.
  2. Select recstopicon.png  to stop recording.

Playing Audio

  • Select audio playback.png to enter playback mode.
  • Select hand icon.png and then tap a word, sketch, or photo to hear what was said at that exact moment.
  • Select and drag the circle to scroll through a recording.
  • Drag the circle back to slow down the speed as it scrolls left and right.
  • Select backwardforwardaudio.png to rewind or fast forward 10 seconds.

Playback Settings

  • Go to threedotsnoteview.png to access your Playback Settings
    • Choose from: 0.7x, Normal, 1.25x, 1.5x, and 2x playback speed.

Editing Audio Recordings

  • Select threedotsnoteview.png to open your list of recordings > Edit.
  • Tap on a recording > Edit Clip to trim or split a file. 
    • The black bars can be dragged to trim the recording.
    • Tap Split to split the recording and then drag the bars to edit each portion.
    • From this menu, tap on the recording name to rename it. Tap Done to finalize those changes.
  • To split a recording into multiple sections, name the first piece and use the second piece to make an additional edit.
  • Tap Select to take action with specific audio files. 
    • Tap Merge to combine audio recordings into one file. 
      • Imported audio can not be merged at this time.
    • Tap Delete to remove the audio recordings from the note. 

Fine-Tuning Playback

  • Select threedotsnoteview.png> Tuning to tune audio.
    • Adjust frequency as desired.
  • Use Voice Boost slider to amplify voices recorded from a distance.

Importing Audio

Audio files like MP4’s and voice memos can be imported into Notability. 

Adding content to the note while playing back the imported audio will sync that content with the recording.

If the audio is in an iOS app, tap the share button and send it to Notability.

Exporting Audio

When sharing a note, there are two ways to export the note's audio:

  1. Under Format, select PDF or RTF and enable Recordings toggle. This shares your note as a .zip file that includes your recordings.
  2. Under Format, tap Note. This shares your note as a Notability file that includes your recordings.