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Tips on using a voice recorder with Dragon Naturally Speaking 11

Posted by Darrell Hyatt on November 7, 2010

Welcome to the enabling abilities to appear podcast. I wanted to talk about using a voice recorder with Dragon Naturally Speaking version 11, in earlier versions of Dragon Naturally Speaking using a voice recorder was not all that good for recognition.

However after some experimentation with the new version of Dragon I am pleasantly surprised at the results. There are a few things that would be helpful to know for those people just starting out with Dragon and attempting to use a voice recorder.

First of all I found that I had to create a new user profile for my voice recorder because the one that was transferred over from an earlier version of Dragon Naturally Speaking did not seem to work properly, I couldn’t get it to allow me to transcribe a recording that had been previously saved on my computer.

So after taking the time to create a new user profile I was able to transcribe a recording, one of things I also found was holding the voice recorder close to your mouth does definitely enhance the recognition, as opposed to having the voice recorder some what further away or even using a clip on microphone attached to your voice recorder didn’t work well either.

You will want to have the voice recorder set at its highest and best recording level to get the best output possible. I also noticed that you will still have to do some editing of the transcription file it’s not 100% and it’s certainly not as good as using a regular microphone with Dragon Naturally Speaking.

But if you’re a person that uses a voice recorder extensively having this feature will definitely allow you greater flexibility in the work that you do and the amount of dictation you get transcribed using Dragon, overall I think it’s a useful feature and many people will benefit from it.

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  • charles said,

    trying to use Dragon Naturally Speaking version 9 with an Olympus digital voice recorder. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

  • Darrell Hyatt said,

    Hi Charles
    I found using a voice recorder can be tricky,you need to be doing training sessions regularly to get the recognition needed. I also found that placement of the recorder is important during recording.
    Hope this helps.

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