Sonant Voice Conferencing

Sonant Voice Conferencing

Page last updated 7/17/14

Sonant is used for voice conferencing. Two versions are provided in the download. The “old” version is represented by a green icon, and the “new” version is blue.

Please review the security reminders prior to use, especially if you use Windows XP. Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and should no longer be used. Security updates are no longer provided, making Windows XP a significant risk.

The majority of Sonant servers require using the “new” version (blue icon).

After installing Sonant you will see two Sonant icons:

  1. Blue icon (v1.2.3)- For use with newly updated Sonant servers. Use if your project coordinator indicates this is necessary.
  2. Green icon (v1.1.8) – Use to connect to your existing Sonant conferences.

Download Sonant

Windows 7/Vista/XP:

Mac OS X:

Install Sonant

Windows: First, uninstall the old Sonant program. Next, double-click the newly downloaded program, and follow the installation wizard.

Mac: Delete any existing Sonant icon from your Applications folder. Also, drag the Sonant icon off of your dock. Now double-click the newly downloaded Sonant file. Drag both the Green and the Blue icons into your Applications folder.

Run Sonant for the First Time (Blue or Green icons)

Sonant leads you through a setup wizard the first time you run it. Please read each screen carefully, and adjust the sliders as instructed. Pay special attention to the following:

– Check mark “Enable echo cancellation”
– Un-check “Enable positional audio”
– Specify a “Push-to-Talk” key –> Click in this field, then tap the Control key. Then continue on from this screen.

Set Push-to-Talk Key

After installing Sonant, make sure your Push-to-Talk key works. To do this, log in to a Sonant server, and double-click a room name to enter a room. Make sure you are not muted (no mute flag appears in Sonant window). Now press your Control key (which was set as your Push-to-Talk key in the last step). The lips next to your name should turn red as you hold down the Control key. If not, follow these instructions:

Blue and Green versions: Press: Configure–>Settings–>Shortcuts (On Mac computers press: Sonant–>Preferences–>Shortcuts)

  • Look for the shortcut as in the image below. If it does not appear, click Add.
  • Now click on the word “Unassigned” which just appeared to display the drop-down menu.
  • Select “Push-to-Talk” from this drop down menu.
  • Now click just below the “Shortcut” column heading (you’ll see the words “Press Shortcut” appear)
  • Now tap your Control key. The “Shortcut” field should now say “Control,” just like the image below.
  • Press OK to finish.

Green version difference: After clicking the Control key, the “Shortcut” field will say “K:Ctrl” (on Windows computers) when properly set.

Note: If there are two shortcuts, delete one of them (use the “Remove” button). After setting the key properly, the screen should look like this:

Connect to Server

When you run Blue Sonant, you will see a list of servers. This list will be blank the first time you run it. You will need to add a server to get started.

Press “Add New…” and fill in the details as shown in the image below.

Note: The password prompt does not appear when you initially add a server to the Blue version of Sonant.

  • Enter the info, similar to what is shown below, then press OK.
  • Now… press CONNECT. You will then be prompted for the password (after you press CONNECT). The password will be saved and will not need to be entered again.

The first time you connect, you will see a security certificate warning. Click OK or Yes. It will not re-appear.

Adjust the window size and column widths so you can see the Name and Flags columns (only necessary on Green version).

Using Sonant for Conferences

After the initial installation and configuration use Sonant as follows:

  1. Load  Sonant
  2. If the server list isn’t visible, press SERVER, CONNECT
  3. Click on the desired server, then click CONNECT
  4. To speak, simply hold down the Ctrl key and talk. The “lips” icon next to your name will turn RED while you’re speaking
  5. Note: Watch the left-side of the window for messages sent during a conference.
  6. Make sure your mic is not too close to your mouth. It should be level with your mouth, but positioned away to avoid breath noise.

When you temporarily leave, press the Mic button: Mic mute to mute yourself (or press Audio > Mute). This puts an icon next to your name that shows others that you’re not there (or that you’re not back from SFRT), and they will know to skip you during the reading or discussion.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.




53 thoughts on “Sonant Voice Conferencing

    • Please read the instructions above “Connect to Server.”

      Now… press CONNECT. You will then be prompted for the password (after you press CONNECT)

      You will be prompted for the password after pressing Connect.

  1. Hi I am a young practitioner I use sonant to study the fa but for some reason the top and side has dissapeared so I can’t talk or text to my other fellow practitioners I glicthed can you help?

    • If you’re using Windows, try one of these options. Depending on your exact problem, one of these steps might solve it:
      1. If all you see is a plain window, right-click in it, then select Configure, and unselect “Minimal View.”
      2. Right-click in the drop-down menu area of the Sonant window. Be sure all three selections are checkmarked.
      3. Hover your mouse very slowly around the Sonant window edges, watching for the words “Drag here” to appear. Then drag the window segments around to reposition them.

  2. I can hear others talk very well, but they can’t hear me. I guess something wrong with my settings. What to do? Thanks!

    • Not being heard could be caused by many things. Does your mic work with other applications? The mute switch on your headset cable could be switched off. The mic volume could be turned down. Try your mic in the sound recorder (Windows) or Sound preferences (Mac). In Sonant settings (click Advanced) select “Audio Input.” The Device is normally best left at Default Device. If you change it, or plug in your mic after you start Sonant, the settings won’t be recognized (restart Sonant). Always plug in the mic prior to launching Sonant. I hope this helps. If not, reply back after checking all of the above.

  3. Hi I have been missing some Fa studies. Sonant sometimes doesn’t work. I try to add new label and address and fallowed your instruction. When I click connect after I put the information nothing happens it doesn’t even ask for password. Only the first address that I put after I downloaded is working. But it doesn’t let me put the new one. I think I tried everything I don’t know what I am missing. Thank you!

    • To add an additional server, press the “Add New…” button and fill in the information. A new entry should appear in the connection window. If you cannot connect, check the settings (address, port, etc.). If it still doesn’t work, check with the server administrator. It could be that the server hasn’t been updated, and requires that you use the “green” Sonant program.

    • The label is just the name you see in Sonant’s list of connections. Type whatever you want in the label field to identify the conference, and differentiate it from others you may have. Please compare it to your existing connection (right-click and select “Edit” to change these fields on existing connections) Please see the example above in the “Connect to server” section.

  4. Hi
    I don’t want to use “Direct Connection.” I want to use proxy “ / 8580.” I want to Use Freegate Anti Filter. But it’s not working. Please Help Me as soon as possible.
    Best Regards
    M. A. Y.
    Falun Dafa Hao

  5. Hi, I tried to install Sonant 1.2.3 on my new laptop (Win8). It gave me error message saying that shortcut was not able to created. Then I could not install other msi program. Please see if you can help.


  6. I just update my PC to window 8.1. The new sonant 1.2.3 doesn’t work anymore. Does anyone know how to fix this? thanks.

    • Frank,

      Just saying “doesn’t work anymore” makes it impossible for anyone to help you. You need to tell us exactly what is happening. Does the program load? What exactly does not work? What error messages do you see?

      Side note: I don’t use Windows and don’t recommend it to anyone. Macs are much, much more reliable and secure, trouble-free, and easier to use, and Sonant works fine. I recommend that you don’t waste your money on Windows.

      I have seen Sonant on Windows 8 once, and it worked, but no buttons or menus were visible. The only way to control it was by right-clicking on the Sonant window.

  7. We study fa on Sonant. Is there any way I can set up to press a key once to start to read, and then press the key again to stop after finish reading? Some senior practitioners found it was hard for them to read while have to keep one hand to hold down the Ctrl key. Thank you!

    • You could try defining the caps-lock key as the push-to-talk button. I’m not sure how well this would work, but it’s worth a try.

  8. when i download the sonant for mac os x, there is a message pop up: “” can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer.

    so how can i use it on my macbook air

    • Right-click on the application and select “Open.” Then press OK or Open at the next warning window. From then on you should be able to open Sonant without any errors.

      • Thanks, now I can put server, port and password, but when I copy and paste them, put it keeps saying my password is wrong, but pc has no problem with it. so what should i do now?

        • Please review the instructions above. The label, server, and port are put in on the first screen (if you’re using the Blue Sonant icon). Then you will see a prompt saying that the password is incorrect. Type the password there.

          Be careful pasting the password, as you can easily include an extra space at the beginning or the end, which will cause the password to fail.

  9. Hi, I downloaded Blue sonant for Mac and tried to run but got this error “This version of Sonant only runs on 64-bit Intel Macs.

    Please download the Universal version from the Sonant website instead.”
    Can we use the Universal version for Fa study etc?

    • I’ve only heard of this error once, and the person had a very old Mac. Some programs require 64-bit mode to do what they do. I don’t believe there is a universal version of Sonant.

      You may want to see if there’s a way to boot your Mac in 64-bit mode. This will depend on the version of OS X you have installed, and the Mac itself.

  10. Hi, I just downloaded the program and it doesn’t work. It doesn’t open because it saysit is from an unidentified developer. Both blue and green icons does not work. I downloaded them from Safari and Firefox and the program does not open. I put them in the applications folder and they do not open.

    • Learn about your Mac. When this happens you simply need to right-click the app and select “Open.”

      This question was already answered. Please read the comment left on December 2, 2013.

  11. Hi my lips are not turning red whether -push to talk or continuous? i have uninstalled twice??
    can anyone help me? all the best

  12. Hi, my sonant gived to me error: “You re curently logged in as administrator, which is strongly discouraged and may lend your machine to be vulnereble”. After that error I enter on sonant server but i can’t speak and hear others users. How i can fix that problem? Thank you.

    • You are apparently logged into Windows XP as an administrator. Using Windows XP in administrator mode is very risky. The Minghui website has recommended for the past 7+ years that this not be done. That said, your problem of not being able to speak or hear might be a totally different problem.

      Please read the following articles for information on dealing with this Windows XP security issue:

      Computer Security Case Study and Recommendations (Part 1)

      Computer Security Case Study and Recommendations (Part 2)

      Helpful Tips for Windows XP Users: How to Easily Accomplish Tasks Requiring Administrator Privileges while Logged into a Limited Account

      You should plan to move away from Windows XP as soon as possible. It will be unsupported after April 8, 2014. This will make it even more vulnerable and increasingly targeted by malware.

      • Sorry but i’m using Windows 7 x86 Professional. I don’t have any AV software or firewall on my PC so i will instal it, check my PC and then I will try to connect in Sonant. Thank you for fast answer.

        • Normally, Windows 7 doesn’t have the problem you described. Please be sure you have not disabled the user account control. That is risky, and might cause what you’re seeing.

          Also, never, ever use Windows without both the firewall and antivirus active. That is asking for trouble.

    • I believe that the versions provided at the edoors link have been vetted by practitioners. Practitioners should use only Sonant versions downloaded from the official site (edoors) to ensure they are using a safe and secure, vetted version.

      Mobile versions are currently not available on the edoors site, and using versions from other sites is strongly discouraged. Should mobile versions become available, I will post a notification here.

  13. hello, i have linux ubuntu 13.10 i tried install the deb file from the site of sonant download,,i have problems installing it with something called “dependacies”..also tried the msi file via wine but the sound drivers dont work well and crushes every time in the end,,i was wondering if you have any knowledge about this ! thank you

    • I don’t have a solution to your issue, and can only recommend that you use a different operating system. I recommend using a Mac. They work exactly as you expect, and don’t require fiddling to make things work.

  14. Hi, the computer has Sonant runs very slow, so I installed Sonant — 1.2.3 to a new computer (Acer Aspire IV5) following your instruction, but it says “wrong sever password for unregistered user account, please try again.” I tried “add new…” with a different Username, same problem. Could you help? Thank you very much! Michele in USA

    • The first time you connect with any server, there is no password entry area. But when you press “Connect” you will see the “wrong password” prompt. At this point you should enter the password.

      Usually the username doesn’t matter, but that depends on the server. Just be sure you know the correct password before starting. If you enter the password incorrectly multiple times, the server may lock you out for a few minutes. In that case try again later.

  15. I have read all the comments above, I do think that I need a help from you. I installed sonant at my home, tried mac and windows 7, no one works. During installed every thing looks ok, but when I connect to the server, it always shows ‘time out, failed.’ Then I try to install it in another mac at my work place, it just cost 5 min. it works. But I can not use sonant at my work place. So please help me what is wrong, and what could be the problem when I installed at my home.

    • First, make sure you are using the same “color” of Sonant at home as you are at work. Most servers now require the “Blue” Sonant, but some still use the green.

      If you’re using the same color Sonant icon at home and at work, and since both Windows and Mac computers can’t connect from home, the problem may be your home router settings or Internet connection. Check those settings. Also check the firewall settings on each computer to make sure that Sonant is allowed.

      Normally you shouldn’t have to change any of these things to run Sonant, but the settings are different in different versions of the operating systems, and someone may have changed some settings on the computers or router.

    • An iPad/iPhone version of Sonant that has been compiled by practitioners is not currently available. If one becomes available, a link will be provided here.

      • Not necessarily. The Mumble app will only work if the Sonant server administrator has specifically modified the server to allow non-practitioner program access. This access is restricted for a reason. The whole point of using Sonant rather than Mumble is that the code has been reviewed and compiled by practitioners, and is secure.

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