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Using Digital Recorders with Dragon to Create Transcripts

Posted by Darrell Hyatt on February 16, 2009

Hello welcome to the enabling abilities to appear podcast. My name is Darrell Hyatt, in this episode I wanted to talk about digital voice recorders having a digital voice recorder was one of the things I wanted for quite a while and this year at Christmas my wife bought me one.

It turned out to be a very useful item not only is it useful for business individuals to remember items or jot down ideas when you’re away from the office say on the skytrain or on a bus, but it’s also useful for those of us with disabilities who use speech recognition software because I can dictate notes or whatever into the voice recorder and then when I get home using Dragon NaturallySpeaking I can transcribe the notes using the transcription feature in Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

Which means I don’t have to retype the material I simply make any corrections and edits based on the recognition factor that I get through Dragon, there are however a few interesting things that I would like to point out for those of you who are considering purchasing a voice recorder especially if you are going to be using it for voice recognition.

I have: an Olympus vn 4100 PC recorder it works very well with Dragon the recognition with minimal training is somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 to 70%. This particular recorder has many different recording modes and each particular mode gives you a certain amount of dictation time so depending on what you do, how many notations you take on a daily basis you may want to look for a recorder that has a long recording time.

With this particular recorder for example in its long play mode you get approximately 144 hours of notation however if you are using it in conjunction with voice recognition I highly recommend he high quality mode which most voice recorders now have and that time is significantly shorter with this particular model I get approximately 2 hours of dictation time at high quality which works best for transcription purposes.

The other thing that you may want to look at is how easy are the buttons to operate, are they mostly on the front of the recorder or or or some of them on the side which may make it more difficult to use those buttons. You also want to make sure that the recorder fits comfortably in your hand.

One of the features that I like of this particular voice recorder is the fact that I can leave it sitting on my desk near me and take my notes, this is particularly helpful when I’m working on a project and I’m using the computer at the same time I still have both hands free to use the mouse and the computer and I can be taking the notes as I’m working and then from the voice recording I can make any notes that I want to use for later on for example as students handouts etc.

One of the other points I would suggest is to pick a recorder and check with where ever you purchase it make sure that you can return it if you find that it doesn’t work for you for what ever reason. This one also has a USB connection to allow me to connect it to the computer and so I can move my note files over on the computer for storage purposes so that maybe something that may be useful for you as well.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns or show ideas you’d like to hear about on this podcast please send me an e-mail at Feel free to visit my website which is for further information. Thank you very much.

  • Brian DeLaet said,

    I use an Olympus DS-30 to capture my presentations and create podcasts. I usually use a transcription service to get a text version but will explore using Dragon to get the text version.
    Thanks for the tips.

  • Glenda Watson Hyatt said,

    Great tips, Darrell. Sounds like a digital recorder could be a handy tool for many people. How can you tell which recorder will work well with Dragon Naturally Speaking?

  • Jen said,

    Thanks for the ideas, Darrell. Have been avoiding finding someone to transcribe seminars and podcasts. I’m a quickstart, crazy busy entrepreneur and don’t do anything from a script! And now my in-person clients will benefit from your knowledge, too. Thanks again!

  • Chris said,

    I have a VN4100pc as well but am having difficulties using Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred v 9.5 to transcribe. It stops after the first sentence or so. Any suggestions?

  • Darrell Hyatt said,

    Hi Chris

    I have not had any problems transcribing, I am using version 10 preferred. I did have to do several voice training sessions with the voice recorder to get the recognition I wanted. Check the Nuance web site(support and communities)to see if there is anything there.

    I did not see anything there as of the time of writing this. Keep me posted.

  • Alex said,

    When dictating directly into the PC via microphone the program learns from the corrections and accuracy improves with use. Is there any way to improve accuracy when a recorder is used?

  • Darrell Hyatt said,

    Hi Alex
    If you start DNS, load your user then go to tools then accuracy center and choose perform general training. This will allow you to read a story into your recorder and then transfer to the computer.

    Once this is done dragon will learn from it and accuracy should improve. The more stories you read the better the recognition will get. With a mobile recorder ofter more then one reading is needed for good recognition.

    Hope this helps.

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  • Darrell Hyatt said,

    Let me know if I can help.


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