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How long will it take to get used to dictating with dragon?

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  1. bmminc

    bmminc Regular Member

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    I feel so clunky with dragon right now. I think it is mostly having to say "period" after each sentence it just throws off my flow.
    Anyone use it successfully to generate content?
     
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    Why are you using this? What is the point
     
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    Try contentmachine Is The best Content Generator
     
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    Have you read with your micro all the text for dragon to learn about how you speak?

    I love dragon but you always need to correct his stupid mistake!
     
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    It took me a few days to a week to be really fast and efficient with using Dragon. Once you get the hang of it though you will be flying through things.
     
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    I've been wanting to try out Dragon for a long time. Do you think it's worth the investment? Any bugs or anything you can tell me about?
     
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    Dragon is a beast when you get it working proper. I can easily "type" 200+ WPM and with very few typos at all.

    The first thing people need to know about dictating is audio.

    I have a studio at home. So I already had 4 HQ mics when I got Dragon. The thing is.... certain mics are better for singing or sampling while others are better for talking or dictating. And audio engineers always test things no matter how good a mics suppose to be. You can test mics against control samples to see how they color frequencies with an oscilloscope / spectrum EQ. You can test for stereo distortion. Test for whatever. Then decide to bring it back or not.

    You don't need to do all this for dictating. I'm just making it clear that mics are like gloves. Certain mics fits certain voices better than others.

    For the purpose of dictating it's not that big a deal if a mic distorts (colors) your voice. Distortion in the signal can technically lead to better dictation.

    What I did was go out and buy 3 mics. A $15, a $25, and a $100 Samsung. I didn't wanna use my studio mics cause some are old that took forever to find. I simply tested all 3. The $15 and $100 Samsung both gave a fair deal of typos. The $25 Behringer worked great. The only words I was getting typos on were words like "two" "too" etc. Things I knew I could fix by training Dragon.

    After that I trained Dragon for about an hour. It worked fucking great. I was amazed.

    Over the next month I did 3 more hours of training sessions. Then Dragon was working so well by then I stopped training it.

    The last thing I'll talk about is articulation. Like others said you have to talk like a robot if you want really fast and accurate dictation. I speak in a monotone voice, pace myself and articulate syllables. Dragon is a robot so if you speak like one you can speed up your WPM super fast.

    As far as saying "period" "next line" "next paragraph" "cap" "space" etc ... you'll get use to that stuff real quick.

    My goal when using Dragon is to simply get text laid out as fast as possible. I'll dictate like 50 pages. Then I'll come it, do quick formatting and save everything so I can post it later.

    -BB
     
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    BassTrackerBoats Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    It is worth it; you want to go through the training and train it to understand you as well as be trained. If you enunciate well you will have a better level of success as well.

    It took me about 8 - 10 hours of working with it before I became very comfortable and before it really understood my NY/NJ hybrid accent but it is a real nice tool that can save you some serious time.

    OP - you'll get used to the little Nuances (get that!) and you will be glad you had to deal with some of the minor ticks and tacks of it.

    I do not have a cracked copy (they are all around) as I don't like to do that and I think the 125.00 or so is well worth the cost.
     
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    Do you have Targaryen ancestors? lol

    BB, The Father of Dragons :)
     
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  10. bmminc

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    Thanks guys. So far it does way better than what I thought it would. I remember years ago trying software similar to this and it was soooo bad.
    For the most part it understands everything I say. The errors I can easily catch and fix when I proof read.

    I'm just a really fast typer and it is frustrating to use sometimes when I know I can type faster than I can dictate currently.

    I could do some training so I can speak faster and it still understand me. That might help a lot. So far my hangup is just getting used to the little ticks it has.
    Plus, I'm sure everyone goes through a break-in period of getting comfortable dictating out loud. At first you sound silly, but you have to realize its not about if you sound like a fruit loop while dictating, its the end goal that matters. lol

    I have a really expensive vocal mic that I had used in studio, but like you said it is made for singing. I found the cheap $25 headset with mic I got from wal-mart works better...just super uncomfortable. :(


    I'll keep at it. I need to learn to think more structured when i'm making articles. I want to be able to read up a couple articles then dictate out 5 or 6 variations of my own.
     
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    I used to do dragon + slicethepie way back in the day and it made things so much easier. I totally forgot about that. Never really thought to use it for content creation due to having to retype most things anyway, but I'm also a fast typer so keeping it old school doesn't bother me.
     
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    You need to spend time train the Dragon. It will get better if you do all dictating exercises.
     
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    Use it with my heavy southern accent and it works good or at least a lot better than previous versions.
    I found when I relax and don't try it gets better results. As soon as I concentrate on what it's writing the topic and dictate goes south. It's like talking to myself and not having to question sanity. The android app for phone works x10 better than my $25 mic.