How to Use a Portable Recorder with NaturallySpeaking
Dragon NaturallySpeaking works well with many different recorders. The Nuance website has a Hardware Compatibility List that lists recorders that they have tested with their products, as shown in this figure.
In general, you need a good-quality recorder that outputs digital audio files. For serious remote dictation work, you want a recorder that enables you to store multiple separate recordings. With luck, if you already own a portable recorder, it will be good enough to work with NaturallySpeaking.
You can improve the audio quality of some recorders by plugging a separate microphone into them. Look for a microphone jack on your recorder. Of course, a separate microphone often makes the recorder significantly less convenient and portable. “Stub” microphones (microphones on a short stalk) that do not make the recorder too unwieldy exist for this purpose. Check with a good audio equipment supplier.
You have to do a few things before you can make remotely recorded dictation work, including the following:
You must be able to make a physical connection between your recorder and your PC. You can’t just let the recorder play into the microphone.
You must install any additional software required by your portable recorder.
You must train NaturallySpeaking to recognize your voice the way it sounds after being altered by the processes of recording and transferring to your PC.