Transfer Files from a Digital Recorder to NaturallySpeaking - dummies

Transfer Files from a Digital Recorder to NaturallySpeaking

By Stephanie Diamond

After recording your dictation on a digital recording for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, you will need to transfer the digital file from your recorder to your PC. You need instructions from the recorder manufacturer for transferring audio files to your PC. It may have its own program for handling file transfers that you need to install on your PC. Check your recorder manual for instructions.

Where on your PC’s hard drive should you put the digital audio files from your recorder? You can put them anywhere, but the NaturallySpeaking transcription feature looks first in the Program folder in the NatSpeak folder on your hard (C:) drive, where NaturallySpeaking is normally installed. For convenience, put them in that Program folder.

If you have a digital recorder but it doesn’t offer digital output or you do not have the necessary cable or software to make a digital transfer, you may be able to make an analog connection instead. Bring your recorder to an electronics store and ask for a cable to connect its audio output jack to a PC’s audio line-in jack.

If you use a stereo recorder for a Line-In connection, you need a special cable or adapter that creates a monaural (single-channel) output.