7 Days of Dragon Tips – Day 3: Using USB Mics with Smartphones for Transcription

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Another day… another tip!

Smartphones are terrific for recording audio files anywhere that can be transcribed later. The problem? Some built-in mics are patchy and high-quality external headsets guaranteed to be compatible are hard to come by.

The solution? Use a USB mic or headset. This can be handy if you already use a quality USB mic and want to take it with you on your travels. With an OTG cable or Lightning Adapter, you’ll be transcribing with your smartphone at sky-high accuracy levels in no time.

Links mentioned in the video:
Samson GoMic: USUK
Plantronics Blackwire: USUK
USB OTG cable: USUK
Apple Lightning to USB 3 Adapter: USUK

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7 Days of Dragon Tips – Day 2: Adding Complex Names in Dragon with Auto Text

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Time for Day 2 of “7 Days of Dragon Tips”!

If you write Fantasy, Science Fiction or any genre that involves complex character or place names, how do you get Dragon to insert them correctly every single time? This tip shows you how.

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7 Days of Dragon Tips – Day 1: Should I Use a Bluetooth Mic with Dragon?

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Welcome to Day 1 of “7 Days of Dragon Tips”!

Bluetooth microphones are compact, convenient and extremely portable. They free you from messy wires and big, bulky headsets so, in theory, they should be a dream come true for using with Dragon. Right?

If you’ve read my book “The Writer’s Guide to Training Your Dragon“, you’ll know the answer is ‘probably not’. I don’t generally recommend using Bluetooth headsets with Dragon and, in the video above, I explain why.

Don’t get me wrong – there are some exceptions. Sennheiser make a number of excellent Bluetooth headsets that work very well with Dragon (links below for those interested) but they work best when using the ‘Far Field’ algorithm that needs to be manually selected when setting up a Dragon profile. One issue with this? It only works with North American accents.

In short, unless you desperately want to use Bluetooth for some reason, you may be better off sticking with a much cheaper (and probably better performing) wired headset.

Check back tomorrow for another tip!

Links: Sennheiser Presence UCMB Pro 1MB Pro 2

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A New Dragon Guide – FREE!

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Quick Cheats for Writing With Dragon

Hidden Tricks to Help You Dictate Your Book, Work Anywhere and Set Your Words Free with Speech Recognition

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Amazon US – Amazon UK – iBooks Barnes & NobleGoogle Play BooksKobo – Smashwords

No jargon. No confusion. Just solid, fail-safe tips for writers to take their dictation to the next level.

This mini-guide will help you choose the right microphone, transcribe on-the-go with Dragon and put you on the path to sky-high word counts. You will also learn little-known tricks, such as:

– Dictating into programs Dragon doesn’t support – such as Scrivener;
– Preventing a crash from taking your dictated text with it;
– Creating a “Quiet Profile” for when you need to dictate without disturbing others;
– Using the same profile on multiple computers – and keeping it updated;
– Running your desktop Dragon app on an iPad or Android tablet – anywhere, anytime.

Designed to get you up-and-running with this powerful software in no time, “Quick Cheats for Writing with Dragon” may make you want to never look at a keyboard again!

  • NOTE: This book is currently only free for Kindle customers at Amazon in the US and UK. I cannot control this as Amazon sets price matching for international stores at their discretion. Readers outside the US can get a free Kindle version of the book at Smashwords and load it to their Kindle device using this link.