Pipe in iPhone voice recordings to Dragon Dictate?

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  1. macmesser macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2012
    Long Island, NY USA
    I'm on a '09 Mac Pro running 10.7.5. Is it possible to jack an iPhone to a Mac and pipe voice recordings to Dragon Dictate by choosing "line in" as the audio source in Dragon? Should work, right? If so, what kind of cable and jacks should I use? The new version of Dragon can input audio files directly but if this can work I don't really have to upgrade, just pick up a cable. Thanks in advance for any insights.
  2. onekerato macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2011
    BTW even the old version of Dragon, i.e Dragon Dictate 3.0 can transcribe audio files. You can record audio on your iPhone, then transfer these .m4a or .wav files to your Mac for transcription. Error rates are higher when compared to dictation, and there's no interactive interface to finetune the transcription accuracy. I think the new version, Dragon Dictate 4.0, comes with better out-of-the-box transcription accuracy and/or better controls.

    A regular audio out cable, such as the one that connects your iPhone to external speakers, can be used to connect to the audio in port of your Mac. Not sure if this gives good quality though. Dragon Dictate is incredibly sensitive to quality of microphone input unlike inbuilt Mavericks dictation, so try out the audio-in trick with inbuilt dictation first.

    The recommended way is to install the Dragon Remote app on your iPhone, put both Mac and iPhone on the same wifi network, set up the iPhone as a remote microphone for Dragon Dictate, and thereafter work with Dragon Dictate dictation as usual.

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