How to Use a Portable Recorder with NaturallySpeaking - dummies

How to Use a Portable Recorder with NaturallySpeaking

By Stephanie Diamond

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.