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Free Download DSS Pro .ds2 Audio File Samples

13 June, 2018

The Digital Speech Standard ( .dss ) file format has been around for years, it was developed jointly by Olympus, Phillips and Grundig back in 1994 and by 2005 became the standard for all digital dictation files, back then described as .dss (Digital Speech Standard) = MP3 for Speech. It was created specifically to maintain high-quality audio but in a small file size which could be easily transferred over the internet. At the time it was a revolution and saw traditional transcription typists move out of the office to be able to work from potentially anywhere in the world.

Free Download .ds2 DSS Pro Audio File       Free Download .ds2 DSS Pro Audio File with 128bit Encryption        Free Download .ds2 DSS Pro Audio File with 256bit Encryption

The decrypt password for the two encrypted .ds2 audio samples above is 1234

In 2009 the DSS Pro version of DSS was released which resulted in a new file format ending in .ds2 - the Pro format recognised the need for security in the internet world and allowed for encryption of the audio file, essential and a requirement now for confidential audio created by most of the digital dictaphone users today, mainly legal and medical professionals.

To play these file formats .dss / .ds2 you would need proprietary software, although the older .dss format has been cracked and many free transcription programs have the ability to play back .dss. But if you are serious about confidentiality as an author or serious about transcription as a typist then only the three who created the .ds2 format offer software to both play back and encrypt / decrypt dictation recorded in the .ds2 audio format which is now standard on all pro digital dictaphones.

Feel free to download the above DSS Pro .ds2 audio sample files to test playback in your audio / transcription software. The password for the encrypted files is 1234

What Olympus software can play back the .ds2 audio format?

DSS Pro .ds2 Audio Files - Not Encrypted can be played with:

DSS Pro .ds2 Audio Files - 256bit Encrypted can only be played with:

DSS Pro .ds2 Audio Files - 128bit Encrypted can be played with:

 

Olympus DS-9500 - How To Send Dictation from WiFi Connected Device via Email

29 May, 2018

The latest professional digital dictaphone from Olympus comes packed with modern features and functions including wifi connectivity. When connected to any wifi network (office, home, local coffee shop) it is possible to email your digital dictation direct from the Olympus DS-9500 itself, perfect if you are working from home or out and about and can find a wifi hotspot.
  • No need to return to your desk to dock your dictaphone
  • Connect to any wifi hotspot anywhere and email your digital dictation

How To Send Dictation Audio from Olympus DS-9500 Connected to Wifi Network

The process to configure your Olympus DS-9500 to send digital dictation via wifi is as follows.

Note: You can only set this up using the Olympus ODMS R7 Dictation Module for Windows. Mac users at the time of writing there is no way to configure this using DSS Player Plus for MacOS, you will need to find a friend or colleague with a Windows computer (the Olympus DS-9500 comes with a software install licence for both Windows and Mac).

1. Via the Dictation Module - configure your docked Olympus DS-9500 to use a wifi network (you can add multiple WiFi networks) - click here for a detailed guide

ODMS R7 DM Dictation Module DS-9500 Configure Wireless Network

2. Create an email profile - this defines the email message the will be used when attaching your audio file - click here for a detailed guide

ODMS R7 DM Dictation Module DS-9500 Configure Email Profile

 

3. Add the email address of the people who will be the recipients of your .ds2 audio files - click here for a detailed guide

ODMS R7 DM Dictation Module DS-9500 Configure email recipient list

 

Important: Make sure that during all the above steps you apply the changes, this ensures that the settings made in the Dictation Module are flashed to the Olympus DS-9500

ODMS R7 DM Dictation Module Olympus DS-9500 Apply Changes To Device

 

 4. Finally, to email your digital dictation from your Olympus DS-9500 using the settings just configured - click here for a detailed guide

Olympus DS-9500 Send Dictation from dictaphone via email over wifi

 

 

 

Dictate Australia Now Accepts Bitcoin & Ethereum

26 May, 2018

We are pleased to announce that we have just added the option to pay by Bitcoin or Ethereum along with the traditional methods of payment, credit card and bank transfer.

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Why have we done this you may ask? Well we love technology and new innovations, crypto currency is something that we are interested in and feel it now has a place in mainstream e-commerce so we wanted to test it out. Many people now own some form of crypto currency, Bitcoin being the most well known and the original but there has been huge interest in recent years in alt coins (the other ones) like Ethereum and Ripple.

Buy online Australia with Bitcoin and Ethereum

We have partnered with Coinbase, a secure online platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing digital currency which is fully supported by our online ecommerce platform Shopify

Olympus LS-P4 - FLAC Recording & Bluetooth Connectivity

26 May, 2018

New from Olympus Australia in the LS range is the Olympus LS-P4. Traditionally the LS series were aimed at musicians with its high quality audio recording across the range of volume from soft to extremely loud. Now Olympus have added videographers to the target market by adding a hot shoe adapter to place the recorder on top of popular 4K recording DSLRs including Olympus' very own range of OM-D cameras.

This is the first Olympus recorder to incorporate the ability to record in the lossless FLAC audio format (it can also record in linear PCM wav and mp3). With FLAC recording you can achieve near perfect 96kHz/24-bit recordings that are better than CD quality but with file sizes which are up to 30% smaller compared to the PCM WAV format. It's the FLAC format that will get the video people and the musicians excited, that paired with the incredible in-built tresmic microphones for superb audio pickup.

Olympus Australia LS-P4 Features FLAC PCM MP3

Weighing in at only 75g with the single AAA rechargeable battery on-board the little Olympus LS-P4 packs a punch protected in it's metal body with up-to 39 hours of battery life off one charge. The Olympus LS-P4 comes with 8Gb of memory built in and the option to pop in a microSD card up-to 32Gb for additional storage.

More videos over in our main blog - Olympus LS-P4 What The FLAC?

Buy Olympus LS-P4 Australia free delivery

Olympus WCS - Wireless Communication Service - Olympus DS-9500 WiFi

15 May, 2018

Recently Olympus Australia launched their new Olympus DS-9500 pro dictaphone, ousting the old faithful DS-7000 and bringing with it WiFi connectivity and an ODMS upgrade.

ODMS R7 looks pretty much the same as ODMS R6 so will be familiar to existing users. What is new though is WiFi connectivity which enables the DS-9500 to send audio, over wifi rather than through the dock, saving you a trip back to your desk every time you want to send dictation. Early reports from users who have upgraded from the DS-7000 or DS-5000 is positive, they like this feature.

What do I need to setup wifi transfer?

Olympus WCS or Wireless Communication Service is what you need. Its a program that runs on a Windows PC or server and provides the link from DS-9500 to your shared network folders from which the transcription modules can auto collect the audio. The WCS installer is free (no licence required) and comes with the ODMS R7 software (you can download the latest version at any time from dictat.es/r7 )

Free Download Olympus WCS Wireless Communication Service for Windows DS-9500 Wifi

Drop into the WCS folder, right click on the setup.exe and "Run as Administrator" to install the WCS client:

Install Olympus WCS Wireless Communication Service on Windows as Administrator

Click through the Flexera InstallShield screens (next, next, next) and take the defaults, including the default port 9500 (you can change this later). When you get to the "Enable device management by SCP" you can leave this un-ticked. This is only used in larger organisations where administrators can manage many device profiles from a central location:

Olympus WCS install SCP settings Windows

Once installed you will need to restart your PC or server: 

Olympus WCS Windows Install Reboot Required

When your computer restarts you will be able to find the Olympus WCS and its settings:

Olympus WCS Windows Install Settings

From within the settings you can define the location for the audio files to be places, there are advanced options to store files based on author ID. The next step is to create a wireless profile on your Olympus DS-9500, you will need to know the IP address of the computer that the WCS service is running in, it is preferred that it is a static IP address.

Full details on all of the above in the official Olympus WCS Admin Guide 

Olympus Australia Announce New Olympus DS-9500 Dictaphone & ODMS R7

04 April, 2018

Olympus Australia today announced the up and coming release of the new Olympus DS-9500 professional digital dictaphone to replace the long running DS-7000 work horse.

DS9500 New Olympus DS-9500 Dictate Australia

With its sleeker look and updated animated display the DS-9500 is expect to be unleashed on Australia on 11th April.

Also announced was an update to the Olympus ODMS (Olympus Dictation Management System) dictation and transcription module Windows software moving to release R7 (no mention of a Mac DSS Player Plus update :-( ). Also a refresh for the AS-7000 transcription kit now rebranded as the AS-9000 with the ODMS R7 software.

Olympus DS-9500 Feature Highlights

  • Intelligent Dual Microphone System

  • Wireless dictation workflow with Wi-Fi

  • Slide switch for simple, intuitive operation

  • Directional recording modes for Dictation and Meeting/Conference recording

  • Triple-layer pop filter blocks breath and wind vibrations

  • Secure 256-bit AES encryption, data loss prevention and PIN code

  • DS2 | DSS | PCM | MP3 Recording formats

  • Large 2.4” colour display for easyviewing

  • Docking station for fast charging Rugged, shockproof body: drop tested to 1.5m

  • Integrated memory, SD/SDHC card slot

  • Alcohol-wipe resistant body

Click here to view the official Olympus DS-9500 & AS-9000 Press Release

 

Olympus DSS Player Plus v7.5.4 for Mac Released - OSX 10.13 High Sierra Compatible

09 November, 2017

Click here for the FREE update to Olympus DSS Player Plus v7.5.4 for Mac

Only two weeks after Apple released High Sierra (OSX 10.13) for the Mac, which at the same time disabled the Olympus DSS Player Plus v7 dictation and transcription software (see this blog post), a fix has been released.

Olympus DSS Player Plus for Mac v7.5.4 OSX 10.13 High Sierra Compatible Download

If running DSS Player Plus v7.5.3 or earlier on OSX 10.13 High Sierra, Apple dictation and transcription users were met with the below, entering your serial or licence key did not fix the issue:

DSS Player Plus for Mac OSX 10.13 Issue Problem Error

The latest update to version DSS Player Plus v7.5.4 restores Olympus audio functionality back to the Mac, a relief for the many Mac transcription typists left in limbo over the last couple of weeks. To be fair, Olympus were alerted by dealers around the world, including us, immediately after the Mac operating system update and they have been working pretty hard to get the fix made, tested and now released. 

One of the main the reasons we remain a dedicated Olympus dealer is the great and open communication we have with Olympus. Sure, they may not have been too happy about social media posts highlighting the Mac issue, but Olympus Mac (and Windows) users are a dedicated bunch with plenty of brand loyalty. The audio products are fantastic, the support from dealers is second to none and customer satisfaction is high. Well done Olympus for getting the fix out so quick. 

Still Running Olympus DSS Player Pro R5 Dictation or Transcription Module? Upgrade Your Software To ODMS R6

23 October, 2017

** Update : Olympus have released R7 of ODMS - you can upgrade from DSS Player Pro R5 or ODMS R6 to the latest version Release 7 click here for details

What to do if you have a working, older Olympus digital dictaphone or transcription kit but your Olympus Windows software is no longer supported?

One of the main reasons that people love and continue to buy Olympus dictation products is because they are solid units and last for years and years. The current top-of-the-range digital dictaphone the Olympus DS-7000 is the latest in a long line of a history of professional digital voice recorders and replaced the Olympus DS-5000 which in turn replaced the Olympus DS-4000.

The evolution of Olympus professional digital dictation machines DSS DS-4000 DS-5000 DS-7000

We continue to sell a great many replacement rechargeable batteries for the Olympus DS5000 (BR-403) which shows that they are still very actively used throughout Australia thanks to the build quality that all Olympus voice recorders enjoy. Indeed we had a customer recently still happily using the Olympus DS-4000, a model that was discontinued way back in 2009.

Although the physical hand held devices have a long and prosperous life, not so their software. With rapid advances in the Widows operating systems spanning the life of the Olympus DS-4000 to DS-5000 to DS-7000 we have lived through Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and now Windows 10 not to mention the transition from 32bit to 64bit.

What software came with your Olympus DS-5000 or AS-5000 ?

Olympus DS-5000 and AS-5000 were both supplied with DSS Player Pro Release 5 (R5)

I am moving to Windows 10, will DSS Player Pro R5 still work?

It might but it is no longer supported by Olympus and is officially not compatible with Windows 8 and above.

Can I upgrade to the latest supported Olympus software and still use my DS-5000 or transcription foot pedal?

Yes, Olympus have made it easy to upgrade from DSS Player Pro R5 to R6 of their software, which also changed name to ODMS or Olympus Dictation Management System. To upgrade you must know your R5 serial or licence key. You will know if your software is DSS Player Pro R5 as your licence key would start with the letters RD5xx or RT5xx 

ODMS R6 dictation module supports the Olympus DS-5000. If you have a transcription kit and need to upgrade to ODMS R6 transcription module just make sure that your pedal is an RS-28. Older RS-26 pedals will not work.

How do I upgrade from DSS Player Pro R5 to ODMS R6?

You will need to buy one of the following Olympus part numbers, they are $59 each incl. GST. You will need one part for each computer as each computer requires a unique licence key:

Olympus AS-7003 - DSS Player Pro R5 Dictation Module (RD5xx) Upgrade to ODMS R6 DM

Olympus AS-7004 - DSS Player Pro R5 Transcription Module (RT5xx) Upgrade to ODMS R6 TM

What is a digital download?

We now offer the R5 dictation module and transcription module upgrades as digital downloads. This means that when you order you will instantly be given your ODMS R6 upgrade licence key plus a link to download the latest version of the ODMS R6 software. This allows you to update a R5 install in minutes rather than wait a day or two for physical delivery of a CD.

Additionally, the ODMS R6 installer we supply also comes with the latest patches and full ODMS documentation. We will also email you a scanned copy of your physical hard printed licence key.

 

Voice Recognition Options for Mac & Windows - Google vs Microsoft vs Apple vs Dragon

28 July, 2017

Compare Google Voice Typing vs Apple Dictation vs Microsoft Dictate Garage Office Add-in vs Nuance Dragon for Windows and Mac

In this day and age of digital technology disruption it only makes sense to see the major tech giants look towards voice recognition to start to replace that clunky, push button, major taker of space on your laptop ... your keyboard. The thing we hammer daily and have done since its invention back in 1868, yes 1868, 149 years ago when Christopher Latham Sholes patented the QWERTY typewriter that we commonly use today. Long overdue for some kind of digital disruption as you can see.

What is voice recognition? Simply speaking, your spoken voice is automatically converted to text, as you speak. There are now a number of solutions that can do this, they range in features and cost but on the whole accuracy is high, speed is fast and cost varies from free to moderately expensive. 

In this post we are going to look at the major tech giants offerings as well as the stalwart of the voice recognition world a company called Nuance who make a product you may have heard of called Dragon. Nuance have been developing speech recognition software since 1997 with their first release of NaturallySpeaking for Windows. Dragon is now available from Nuance for both Windows and Mac.

Google Voice Typing - Free Speech Recognition Google Voice Typing 

  • Mac & Windows
  • Free $0
  • Only works with Google Docs and Google Slides
  • Extensive list of supported languages including the following English accents: Australian, UK, US, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Phillipines and South Africa
  • No software to install, works via your Chrome web browser 
  • Extensive range of voice commands - Google Voice Typing Setup & Voice Commands
  • Can not convert recorded speech to text, real time spoken voice only
  • Internet connection required

Apple OS X Dictation - Free Voice Speech Recognition for Apple Mac Apple OS X Dictation

  • Apple Mac only (obviously)
  • Free - $0
  • No internet connection required (with Enhanced Dictation enabled, just download a local language dictionary file)
  • Large list of supported languages including the following English accents: Australian, UK, US and Canada
  • Enables voice to text anywhere you would normally type (e.g. Word, Pages, Skype, TextEdit etc).
  • Can not convert recorded speech to text, real time spoken voice only

Dictation in OS X can be enabled in the System Settings. For offline use you will need to enable Enhanced Dictation:

Mac OS X Dictation - Free Voice to Text - Voice Recognition - Speech Recognition for Apple Mac

Microsoft Dictate - Office Voice Speech Recognition Plugin for Office Microsoft Dictate (Garage Project) - Microsoft Office Add-in

  • Windows only (Windows 8 and above)
  • Free - $0
  • Requires Office 2013 or Office 2016 (including Office 365 install)
  • Real time voice to text in Microsoft Word, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Will convert spoken voice to foreign language (e.g. speak English and Microsoft Dictate will transcribe in French, very cool)
  • Automated punctuation, no need to say "comma", "full stop" etc
  • Can not convert recorded speech to text, real time spoken voice only

Dragon for Windows - Dragon for Mac - Voice Speech Recognition Australia Nuance Dragon for Windows (formerly known as NaturallySpeaking) and Dragon for Mac (formerly known as MacSpeech Dictate)

  • Windows & Mac versions available
  • From AU$300 upwards depending on version
  • Can convert from recorded voice
  • Advanced learning. Dragon builds a profile of the way you speak and learns over time.
  • Is widely used in the legal and medical professions to convert voice-to-text
  • The goto solution for businesses

Ok so yes we have shown you the free versions from the big hitters but the old faithful when it comes to voice recognition is Dragon from Nuance. It has been around for years, it just gets better and better with every release and is packed full of features and functions to justify its cost over the other options listed here. But, we do want to highlight that Apple, Google and now Microsoft all have a vested interest in voice recognition. Dragons days may be numbered but for now it remains the pick of the bunch for day to day voice recognition.

 

 

 

 

Olympus Australia RecMic Series II - The Ultimate Dragon Voice Recognition Microphones

21 July, 2017

Olympus Australia (and worldwide) have just released a new range of USB connected, hand held microphones for voice recognition using Dragon. 

Olympus RM-4110S RM-4100S RM-4010P Hand Held Dragon Dictation Microphone

Please note, at the time of writing this the RecMic Series II is not compatible with ODMS R6.4.0 Dictation Module for Windows or DSS Player Plus v7 for Mac. These are just for use with Dragon.

There are three new RecMic II models in the range:

With Dragon getting better and better and now with the latest versions starting to gather some traction in the legal/medical/journalism fields the timing is right for Olympus to step up and use their incredible audio savvy in these hand held, USB connected, state of the art microphones for dictation and voice recognition. 

The key differences between the models are:

Olympus RM-4110S:

  • Yes Optical Slide Switch
  • Yes Clickable Trackball Mouse Control
  • 4 Customisable Function Buttons

Olympus RM-4100S:

  • Yes Optical Slide Switch
  • No Clickable Trackball Mouse Control
  • 7 Customisable Function Buttons

Olympus RM-4110S:

  • Yes Push Buttons
  • No Optical Slide Switch
  • Yes Clickable Trackball Mouse Control
  • 4 Customisable Function Buttons

Don't be fooled by the snazzy design and the blue and red led lights that look great but also indicate when noise levels are perfect for dictation, the RecMics are packed with the latest mic innovation from Olympus and features that ensure your audio is as good as it can be for use with Dragon for Windows or Mac. Inside the mic you will find:

Intelligent Dual Mic System for Speech Recognition in Noisy Environments

  •  Two Omni-directional Microphones with Advanced Noise Cancelling Technology
  •  Triple-Layer Pop-Filter to suppresses noise caused by exhalation into the microphone
  •  Sound Studio Microphone Shock Mounting reduces noise from handling

Recording Modes & HID Keyboard Mode

 Preset Recording Modes for each recording environment

  • Quiet Environment (Blue LED)
  • Noisy Environment for Speech Recognition (Green LED)
  • Noisy Environment for Classic Dictation (Red LED)

Preset Button Modes for Dragon & Windows Speech Recognition

  • Olympus Mode: Default (F1)
  • Custom Mode: Custom settings set via the RecMic Configuration Tool (F2)
  • Dragon Mode: Buttons optimised for Nuance’s Dragon speech recognition software (F3)
  • Windows Mode: Buttons optimised for Microsoft Windows speech recognition (F4)

 HID Keyboard Mode

  • Configure hot keys for applications to RecMic buttons.

Built-in Acceleration Sensor detects the position of the RecMic and adjusts accordingly

  • Place the RecMic II on a desk – Microphone automatically mutes
  • Pick up the RecMic II – Microphone automatically resumes recording
  • Place the RecMic II in Stand – Microphone automatically set to Hands-Free Dictation mode

Each RecMic comes with a stand and is Mac OSX and Windows 10 (and earlier) compatible.

Official Olympus Australia Press Release - 10th July 2017 

Click here to download the press release

Olympus announces the launch of the RecMic II the most advanced microphone for speech recognition The new RecMic II Series with Intelligent Dual Microphone System and unique Noise-Cancellation Technology raises the bar for speech recognition experience.

Olympus Australia are pleased to announce the new RecMic II series of USB Microphones. Professionals using dictation have always been prone to the risk that recorded noise is falsely transcribed into text through speech recognition. With Olympus’ next generation technology in the RecMic II series, accurate speech recognition in noisy environments is now possible for the first time. The new RecMic II series is characterised by a unique Intelligent Dual Microphone System with innovative noise cancellation technology. Strong directionality is achieved through two omni-directional microphones with Beam Forming spatial filtering to actively monitor and analyse the phase difference during recording. Speech recognition accuracy depends greatly on the signal-to-noise ratio of the recording. The advanced noise cancelling technology of the RecMic II series is able to differentiate between human voice and recorded noise. The result is that the voice of the user is identified and isolated, while unwanted noise is suppressed to improve the conversion of speech into text - regardless of your environment. Several powerful features further enhance speech recognition performance with the RecMic II series. For convenience, the devices come with pre-set button modes which are configured for use with Dragon and Windows speech recognition. For noise suppression, the microphone housing now includes a Triple-layered Pop Filter like those used in studio recording. This filter effectively suppresses the noise caused by exhalation into the microphones.

The extra smooth UV Coating on the microphone body reduces noise from handling, while the low-noise buttons have an improved mechanism which dampens noise when operating the device to improve the recording quality. To support hygienic requirements, the RecMic II series has a cleanable, antimicrobial body with Polygiene® antimicrobial technology. This technology is based on the natural ability of silver to inhibit the growth of microbes. Thanks to the alcohol resistant coating, this device can be wiped with alcohol or the like to keep the device clean as needed. The ergonomic body design supports all day use with buttons that can be operated with ease without having to reposition the device. The highly durable and reliable optical slide switch of the RM-4100S & RM-4110S can be reached without being forced to bend your thumb, while the improved trackball of the RM-4110S & RM-4010P is now clickable for better efficiency when using applications. A built-in Acceleration Sensor detects the position of the RecMic and adjusts accordingly. When the RecMic is placed on a desktop, the microphone is muted to prevent unintentional recording. When the RecMic is picked up again, the microphone automatically resumes recording. The dedicated stand is ideal for hands-free dictation as the RecMic switches to ideal recording settings when placed in the stand, leaving your hands free for other tasks. Thanks to the support of HID keyboard mode, the RecMic II series is compatible with any third party application that can be controlled with regular keyboard shortcuts. Using the dedicated RecMic Configuration Tool, you can configure RecMic settings and assign functions like macros, keyboard shortcuts, text input and dragon commands that control applications to RecMic buttons. Device configuration and application control templates can be saved so settings can be replicated on other computers.

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