Get Better Sound Quality from Portable Recorders
When using a portable recorder with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, you are more likely to have sound quality problems than when you dictate into your PC. There are several things you can do to avoid problems with accuracy:
Avoid noisy environments: moving cars, traffic, machinery, wind, surf, weddings, car washes, rock concerts, or active airport runways.
Don’t move your fingers around on your recorder while recording, because this causes noise.
Don’t speak so directly into the microphone that it records puffs of breath when you speak. Keep the microphone of your recorder off to one side of your mouth. Keep the microphone a constant distance from your mouth.
See if you can fit two fingers in between the microphone and your chin.
If your recorder has different microphone sensitivity settings (or a microphone volume control), use the lowest sensitivity that still gives you a strong, clear recording. (Too high a sensitivity picks up background noise and sometimes distorts your voice.)
Make sure your recorder is set for the highest quality of recording, if it offers different quality levels. Check your recorder’s instructions. Highest quality usually comes at the expense of maximum recording time, so choose the setting that gives the shortest recording time if quality level is not an option.
Train in the environment in which you’ll be dictating so that Dragon knows what to expect. If you train in a quiet room and dictate in a coffee shop, the accuracy will be dismal.