With a wide range of digital audio recorders to choose from for use with your favourite speech recognition application or paired with transcription software/kits for digital dictation workflow, how can you decide on the right one for your specific needs?
If you are a casual speech recognition user (using Dragon NaturallySpeaking) and want to add the ability to dictate audio whilst away from your PC and have Dragon type it up for you (yes, Dragon can do this out of the box!) then the Olympus DM-650 or DM-670 are great entry level recorders. Both record in a high quality format that is compatible with Dragon producing highly accurate transcribed text. They easily fit in your pocket and can store hours of audio before you need to download and erase recordings. They are supplied with Olympus Sonority software allowing you to download, via the supplied USB cable, recorded audio onto your PC. Many Access to Work end-users give great feedback for these models.
For the more professional users i.e. doctors or lawyers, the Olympus DS-3500 or DS-7000 offer more advanced functionality in terms of encrypted recordings & advanced ODMS software allowing you to manage audio recordings for both transcription by Dragon, saving to a network folder or sending onto a transcriptionist via e-mail for digital dictation. The Olympus DS-3500 is a push button device and the Olympus DS-7000 uses a slide switch to operate record, rewind, play functionality. Both devices offer the professional users excellent compatibility with Dragon NaturallySpeaking as well.
For professionals interested in digital dictation, both the Olympus DS-3500 and DS-7000 can be used in conjunction with the Olympus AS-7000 transcription kit. This comprises of a footswitch, headphone and the same ODMS software (supplied with the DS range of Olympus recorders) allowing you to dictate text, dock your recorder, have the audio files saved automatically to a network folder which are then immediately displayed on the transcriptionists’ PC ready for typing up and saving.
It’s also worth remembering that you can use your own smartphone to record you voice for playback and transcription. The Olympus Dictation Delivery Service (ODDS) manages the transfer of dictations recorded with the Olympus Dictation app for iPhone and Android. In the event unexpected dictation is needed and you do not have your professional voice recorder with you, you can easily record and push the dictation into the organisation's system workflow to get it transcribed before you’re back in the office.
We hope this has given you a flavour of the exciting digital recorder technology enabling you to enhance speech recognition software productivity and integrate digital dictation workflow into you office.