I have used Dragon Dictation in my legal practice for over 10 years. Dragon converts dictation to type in real time. Year by year the program has been improved by its developer Nuance to the point that its accuracy is in the high 90% range–if used properly. Nuance is no casual player in the voice recognition field, and its software powers many of the voice recognition applications we encounter in everyday life.
One thing that has held true over the past ten years is that the quality of the microphone used with Dragon Dictation directly correlates with the transcription accuracy of the program. For this reason, I have tried all manner of microphones and headsets to find the perfect fit. Now I have found that microphone – and it’s a stylish one too.
The Yeti series from Blue brand microphones is big, heavy, and beautiful. It is styled like those microphones used by professional radio personalities and studio singers. Not only does the whole series of microphones look really neat, the sound quality is wonderful. I purchased the Silver Edition of the Yeti microphone which cost me $89 (on sale regularly $149) at Amazon.com.
Seeing and hearing is believing. So I recorded a short video demo showing the microphone, and demonstrating the sound quality and the accuracy of dictation using it with Dragon Naturally Speaking 12. Features of the Yeti include:
* Tri-capsule array – 3 condenser capsules can record almost any situation
* Multiple sound pattern selection – cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional and stereo
* Gain control, mute button, zero-latency headphone output
* Perfect for vocals, musical instruments, podcasting, voiceovers, interviews, field recordings, conference calls and Dragon Dictation
* USB Plug ‘n play – Mac and PC compatible
This is one of my favorite tech toys of the past year—and that is saying something. Highly Recommended!