Digital Voice Recorders In The Community - Palliative Care

09 March, 2012

In this series of blogs, Voice Recorders In The Community, I want to highlight how digital voice recorders can play a small part in enhancing not only peoples jobs but also their lives.

Palliative Care is a delicate subject and one that none of us really want to be exposed to. This happened to me very recently when my father-in-law was recently taken ill and subsequently passed away while in palliative care. This little know area of nursing for me was suddenly thrust in the spotlight and I got to see at close hand the work that these carers do.

Coincidently soon after my brush with Palliative Care an organisation based in Melbourne, Australia got on touch looking for advice on digitally recording patients in palliative care. This blog post on our main blog site looks at the service they have and how they use both digital voice recorders and transcription. Click here for the main blog post.

Microcone - Award Winning Australian Designed Small Meeting Microphone For Mac

21 February, 2012

This is a little gem that we have been keeping our eye on for a while now. The Microcone from Gold Coast based Dev-Audio is a leap forward in small meeting voice recording with it's multi-channel recording, Dragon voice-to-text for tagged audio and its great looks. Having already won an Australian Design award last year (2011) the Microcone has just picked up a prestigious Best In Show Award at this years (2012) MacWorld Expo in San Francisco.

The Microcone is powered by a single USB connection on your MacBook or iMac and recording is controlled either via the Microcone Recorder app from the Mac App Store or via Microcone Remote which is an iPhone app. A Windows version will be coming soon.

For a more detailed review of the Dev-Audio Microcone click here

New Technology Coming To Olympus WS Series Recorders

07 February, 2012

For some of us January is a busy month keeping a close eye on the latest innovations from our favourite tech companies as they gather for the yearly CES (Consumer Electronics Show). Olympus are one such exhibitor and this year they didn't fail to impress by launching a plethora of new digital voice recorders, some of which (the new WS series) contain some very neat new features.

  • Voice Changer
  • Voice Balancer
  • Voice Playback
To find out more about these new features (seen in the new WS-812 and WS-813 recorders) head to our main blog for the run down - click here

Olympus DS-5000 Professional Dictation Kit - Spare Parts

06 January, 2012

The Olympus DS-5000 Professional dictation kit comes jam packed with goodies to make your daily dictations a breeze and not a chore. However, from time to time people have been known to mislay cables, docks, cases etc. All of the contents of the DS-5000 kit are replaceable (except the actual recorder).

So if you are looking to replace a part from your kit or to buy extras for use on a second PC or Mac head to our main blog where we have a definitive guide to the parts you will need.

Click here for the spare or replacement parts for the Olympus DS-5000

Looking For The Latest Model To Replace Your Old Discontinued Olympus Digital Voice Recorder?

03 January, 2012

Olympus regularly update their range of digital voice recorders, dictaphones and interview/meeting recorders. Even I am often taken by surprise at the speed of which a range can be over hauled making use of the continuously dropping memory prices and advances in technology. As a result people often look to replace their older model digital voice recorders only to find that it has been superseded by a newer model. Often it is not always easy to find the latest equivalent model for your older recorder.

In our latest main blog post I have attempted to list as many old Olympus digital voice recorder models and show their current model equivalent.

Click here to go to the blog post and view the full list of old models and their current Olympus voice equivalents.

Dragon Speech Recognition For Schools - Education VLA - Nuance Australia Volume Licence Agreements

03 January, 2012

Nuance Australia are keen for educational users to embrace Dragon (NaturallySpeaking for Windows and Dragon Dictate for Mac) to empower students and teachers. There are so many benefits for using voice to text speech recognition, in particular letting students written creativity flow by simply speaking their thoughts rather than being held back by their typing speeds. Not only that but Dragon can dramatically help students improve their core reading and writing skills and prepare students for the 21st century work place.

VLA's or Volume Licence Agreements are available for education use and only a minimum of five licences are required to start a VLA. We are a Nuance Australia Gold Certified reseller and as such can supply and advise on site licences for your school, university or TAFE. Educational licences are substantially discounted so please contact us for more information.

Click here for more information on Dragon site licences for schools and universities from our main blog.

Dragon Express - Cut Down Trial Version Of Dragon Dictate for Mac

02 December, 2011

In a very smart move Nuance have released Dragon Express onto the Mac app store. Smart because it gives a very affordable look at how speech recognition technology using Dragon on the Mac works at a fraction of the cost of the fully blown Dragon Dictate.

Often I am asked for a free trial of Dragon Dictate for Mac, there is no trial version, but with Dragon Express users can get the feel of voice recognition without a huge capital outlay to see if it really is for them and to see the magic of speech recognition in action.

More on Dragon Express in our main blog - click here - and for some things to look out for when using Dragon Express to make your experience a good one.

Can Dragon NaturallySpeaking Transcribe Recorded Interviews or Meetings?

27 October, 2011

This is definitely one of the top FAQs we receive here at Dictate Australia. As Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Premium & Pro versions only, not Home edition) on Windows and MacSpeech Scribe on Mac can take a digital recording of your voice and transcribe that from voice to text the assumption is often made that a recording of an interview or a meeting can also be transcribed in the same way. Unfortunately this is not the case, why? Well Dragon is speech recognition technology and that technology relies on the software being trained to you and your voice alone.

There is a way that using Dragon can help you convert voice to text for audio or video with multiple speakers, in our main blog we look at this technique in more detail and we also offer up a couple of others options for you to get your meeting, interview, conference, lecture, focus group or any recorded voices converted into text.

Click here for the article on our main blog.

Is My Digital Voice Recorder Compatible With Dragon NaturallySpeaking?

18 October, 2011

Using a digital voice recorder with Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Premium and Preferred version) is becoming more and more popular, this is often referred to as deferred transcription. Using a digital voice recorder allows the user to capture thoughts, letters, notes etc will away from their computer which can later be loaded into Dragon Naturally Speaking and transcribed.

If you plan to use a digital voice recorder for this then it is well worth checking the Nuance Hardware Compatibility guide first to see how the recorder you have your eye has been rated. The hardware compatibility guide rates the recorders with upto six dragons, the more dragons the better.

For details on the Nuance Hardware Compatibility website then please head to our main blog for the link and more details on the dragon rating system - click here.

Olympus Revamp The Directrec Range Of Handheld Dictation Mics

03 October, 2011

Olympus Australia recently announced the latest generation of digital handheld dictation microphones known as the DirectRec Series II which consists of the DR-2100, DR-2200 and DS-2300 mics.

These USB connected hand held mics are often used instead of a digital voice recorder and allows the user to dictate digital dictation direct to a PC. In conjunction with the Olympus DSS Player Pro R5 software makes this a popular digital voice recorder alternative for those dictating letters and notes.

A side effect of these high quality Olympus direct record microphones is their popularity with those who are embracing voice recognition software such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking from Nuance. The complete DR range for Olympus DirectRec Series II mics have been Nuance certified for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking because of their high quality audio input which makes for highly accurate speech recognition.

All models come with a slide switch for easy stop/play/rewind/record functionality. The DR-2200 and DR-2300 models also include a track ball. 

All are now available from Dictate Australia and we offer these bundled with either Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium or Olympus DSS Player Pro software. 

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