How to Get Better Sound Quality in NaturallySpeaking from Portable Recorders

By Stephanie Diamond

For lots of reasons, you are more likely to have sound quality problems when you use a mobile recorder with NaturallySpeaking than when you dictate into your PC. Here are six tips to avoid problems:

  • Avoid noisy environments. Moving cars, traffic, machinery, wind, surf, weddings, car washes, rock concerts, or active airport runways can negatively impact sound quality and recognition.

  • Don’t move your fingers around on your recorder while recording. 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 mouth.

  • Don’t set your microphone’s sensitivity higher than necessary. 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.)

  • Choose the recorder’s highest quality setting. 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 isn’t an option.

  • Train in the environment in which you’ll be dictating. That way, Dragon knows what to expect. If you train in a quiet room and dictate in a coffee shop, the accuracy will be dismal.