In case of doubt: Check out the
#hardware channel in Slack.
Speech recognition will be vastly improved with a better microphone. Compared to webcams and cheap headsets, a good microphone for speech recognition picks up less background noise (improving your experience whenever you’re not alone in a silent room) and record a naturally sounding voice.
These are models that Talon community members regularly recommend:
Blue Yeti Nano (USB 3): desktop, affordable and pretty good recognition. Can be attached to an arm. Useful if you’re trying out speech recognition for the first time and don’t want to spend a lot.
DPA d:fine 4188 or 4288 with a DPA d:vice interface: expensive, but highly recommended for full time use. It’s likely the best in wearing comfort, audio quality and voice isolation (see this impressive demo from the manufacturer)
Stenomask: useful for open plan offices as it covers your mouth.
XLR Microphones and USB XLR Audio interfaces as a budget-minded alternative to the DPA combo:
Plug-In powered mics
The Speechrecsolutions selection guide lists options at several price-points. We don’t know about each and every model, but you can ask on
#hardware for some experience report.
Many microphones used by studio professionals and ambitious podcasters will likely work well, but gaming and call-center headsets can be hit or miss. But beware: While technical specs may suggest issues, on their own they cannot guarantee success! Generally speaking:
Some people do report success with much cheaper microphones, but many also do not. If you already have one, just try it out, but if not, think twice before buying cheap.
Windows default drivers have a limitation and that they cannot record and play stereo sound simultaneously. See this stackoverflow answer for more details. For this reason, if you want to hear audio while dictating, you must use a wired (or plug in your) headset on Windows. OSX does not have this limitation.
Check out the
#eye-tracking channel in Slack, and the Tobii 4c Tips page.
Talon and Tobii software clash a bit. But you can keep the Tobii driver installed, and only disable the Tobii service, you can keep using the Tobii as a Windows Hello device (login via facial recognition), even while having the Tobii available for Talon.