Hytech Lawyer Recommended Professional Desktop Microphone for use with Dragon Naturally Speaking 12 (Video Demo)

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!


Hytech Lawyer Recommended Professional Desktop Microphone for use with Dragon Naturally Speaking 12 (Video Demo) — 4 Comments

  1. The article was very nice and helpful and youtube video too.
    I was searching for this since a long time.

    Though, the microphone is not available for $89 anymore.

    Thank you for posting and sharing

  2. I would support you on the choice of microphone. Depending on your other applications I would always say go for a studio microphone if possible. I’m currently using a Røde NT1A with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface. I have chosen this particular microphone for other uses but its use with Dragon NS is fantastic. I’ve spent quite a bit of money on “speech recognition microphones” and none of them come near this standard, probably the best was Sennheiser M3 but then it’s design purpose is as a stage microphone.

  3. The Blue Yeti Pro, which is also usable as a studio microphone due to its XLR connections, works wonderfully with Naturally Speaking Legal 13. I have it set above my monitor on a boom. Accuracy is uncanny, and I can dictate from four or 5 feet from the microphone without a problem with the gain turned all the way up. As I dictate this comment, I am sitting 6 feet away from the microphone and not having the slightest problem with speech recognition. Being free of the tether that ties you to the computer when you use a head set is extremely comfortable. I strongly recommend it.

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