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Old Jun 20, 2004, 03:13 PM   #1
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Digital voice recorders

I'm interested in buying a voice recorder for college. I was looking around. SOme of the sony's have Dragon Naturally Speaking software so you convert it to text, but it won't work with a mac. I saw an olmpus DS-330 that i liked but it can't convert it to text....Anyone have this? Have something better?
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I have the DS-330. It's worked fine for me. I've used mainly for audio backup in wedding video productions. I especially like the sound detection feature that turns the recording on when specified sound range is detected.
The interface is a little tricky to learn, so be sure to keep the instructions that come with it. I forget how much I paid for it--more than I wanted to! In terms of converting to text, you might be able to upload to your computer and convert using some type of software. If you or anyone else knows of any such software, please let me know about it.
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This is abit low-tech, but stick with me.

I used the Dragon voice recognition software for many years and despite having a professionally trained voice (great diction and clarity) I could never get the darn thing to give me than about 80% accuracy. There are just a lot of words it never could understand.

When I switched to the Apple platform a few months ago, a friend suggested I try a system called iDictate, and I am never going back the electronic voice recognition.

iDictate <http://www.idictate.com> are a bunch of LIVE transcriptionists who will take your audio file and return it for 1-cent per word. They can take dictation over the phone, you can send them a wav file, they will transcribe handwritten notes you fax in. Amazing.

And the best thing - they can add style and formatting. I can say "please put this heading in bold" and they will. Unusual words are no problem, I just s-p-e-l-l them out.

You get the idea. I still use the Sony digital recorder that came with Dragon, but I don't miss the voice recognition program one little bit.
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