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How To Adjust Your Acoustics for NaturallySpeaking

By Stephanie Diamond

Dragon NaturallySpeaking’s Accuracy Center provides three ways to help your NaturallySpeaking assistant improve your acoustics, and your efficiency, including checking your microphone and launching Accuracy Tuning.

Checking your microphone

Obviously, the microphone is an all-important part of your software. Make sure your NaturallySpeaking assistant doesn’t have a “hearing” problem. Does NaturallySpeaking make errors on lots of words and phrases, not just a specific few?

Your problem could be with speaking unclearly, with your microphone position or quality, with your sound card quality, or with the microphone volume set by the Audio Setup Wizard, as shown.


To rule out a hearing problem, rerun the Check Microphone Wizard from the Check Microphone link in the Accuracy Center. You can also access it from the Audio Check Microphone.

If the Audio Wizard thinks your audio is fine, and you still get errors on lots of words after running the wizard, the problem might be you need to speak more clearly. You can also run the audio setup test if you’re dictating in a new environment and see if that helps.

Launching Accuracy Tuning

Here’s where the correction and fine-tuning of your dictation really pay off. From the Launch Accuracy Tuning Now link in the Accuracy Center (or from Audio→Launch Accuracy Tuning), you’ll be presented with the Acoustic and Language Model Optimizer screen. Don’t be intimidated. Your NaturallySpeaking assistant does all the heavy lifting.


As shown, the check boxes for both Perform Acoustic Optimization and Perform Language Model Optimization are checked by default. Leave them checked. Then do the following:

  1. Click Go.

    You are given an estimated time for completion of this process. Don’t be shocked if the initial estimate says 450 hours! It quickly changes to a couple of minutes as it’s working. Perhaps your NaturallySpeaking assistant has a weird sense of humor.

  2. After the process completes, click Done.

    You’ll be asked to save the newly optimized files.

  3. Click Yes and you’re done.

See? Your NaturallySpeaking assistant does all the work.