I’ve been somewhat fanatic about microphone testing for over 12 years now, intent on always using the best currently available.
A quality microphone truly can make all the difference with speech recognition accuracy. Yes, there are other factors such as:
- how you articulate,
- how effectively you set up Dragon’s options and
- how you use the accuracy functions within the software (some are effective and some are downright disruptive, in fact).
However, one of the integral aspects to effective speech recognition is using a quality microphone. In addition to quality, it must be easy to use. Too many buttons or a cumbersome setup can lead to unsatisfactory results. Comfort should also be a consideration, which segues into another important factor…
The microphone or input must adapt to your workflow. I’ve always maintained that technology adoption is most effective when the technology can adapt to the user rather than the other way around. While Dragon is not a simple program to learn (although well worth the time and effort spent in learning), its use should integrate with how we work, and the microphone is an essential component to this.
Doctors & Lawyers
Generally speaking, doctors and lawyers use computer technology and speech recognition differently.
Doctors tend to use computers primarily for charting (whether it’s into an Electronic Medical Record application or a text editor such as MS Word), writing lengthy reports such as medical legals and possibly for writing correspondence, usually via email. Unless the medical practitioner enjoys computers as a hobby, they tend to not sit in front of one any longer than they have to. Moreover, it was not that long ago that doctors never needed to touch a computer. Only with the recent demands of EMR use have they found themselves in front of a computer.
Good microphone for voip
I'm trying to use skype but the microphone doesn't seem to work very well. I'm using WinXP on Dell Laptop with SigmaTel builtin audio. I've turned the microphone volume to max using control panel.
First, I tried a logitech headset. The speakers worked fine, but the microphone sound was very weak. Now I'm trying a labtec desk mic. It says -67dB/uBar sensitivity, but I still have to position it right against my lips to get a nice loud sound, which is a nuisance and also causes static. I've both the skype self-test feature and Microsoft SoundRecorder to test the microphone--in both cases, with both microphones, the sound seems weak unless I put the microphone directly in front of my lips and speak loudly