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Microphones and recognition accuracy

Speech recognition accuracy is much higher if you use a high-quality headset microphone. Many microphones sold with computers are not of very high quality and allow ambient noise to cloud what you say, especially if they are not headset microphones. That is why you will often find a high-quality microphone bundled in with a speech recognition software package, especially packages that support dictation.

StoryHarp limits how many things you can say at once to a few phrases, which makes it easier for the computer to guess what it is you just said. So you may find the microphone that came with your computer may be good enough, depending on how quiet the room you use it in is and how you speak. If you are not getting accurate recognition with your computer's microphone, first try adjusting the sound levels and microphone position. If this does not improve recognition accuracy, we suggest you purchase a quality headset microphone. The ones we use successfully are generally about $20; however a fancy one (wireless, extra high quality, etc.) can run you quite a bit more.

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